Chris Christie Has A Bad Image With Jersey Girls [AUDIO]
Males voters in New Jersey seem to like Governor Chris Christie's style of tough-talk and in-your-face bravado. Women? Not so much.
A recent Quinnipiac University survey shows men approve of Christie 62 - 34 percent while women are divided with 46 percent approving and 49 percent disapproving. The poll's director has some advice to help the Governor win over Jersey girls.
Christie says he'll decide on whether or not he's running for re-election some time after the November elections. He neither ruled out nor committed to taking a run at the White House in 2016. In either event, pollster Mickey Carroll thinks the Governor has his work cut out for him if he's going to improve his standing with women in the Garden State.
"A lot of people find that non-backing down stuff very attractive," says Carroll. "A lot of men sort of like the belligerence. Women don't……He's got to somehow soften the attack stuff without giving up the uncompromising personality."
Carroll thinks being a kinder, gentler Chris Christie while still being a Jersey guy will be a fine line to walk, but it can be done.
Carroll says, "He can be uncompromising. He can be tough. He can be all sorts of things, but he can't be a bully. I don't think anybody likes it when the combativeness verges into nastiness. Not good."
15 percent of the poll respondents also say they are less likely to vote for an overweight or obese person. Carroll says while Christie could, "afford to shed some pounds most of these people are probably Democrats who don't like the Governor."