Chris Christie’s Lead Growing Over Barbara Buono [AUDIO]
In a Quinnipiac University poll released less than two weeks ago, Gov. Christ Christie had a commanding 29-point lead over his gubernatorial opponent, Sen. Barbara Buono.
Quinnipiac is out with a new survey this morning and Christie’s lead has actually grown. Election Day is one week from today in the Garden State.
In today’s poll, Christie trounces Buono, the Democratic challenger, 64 – 31 percent in his reelection bid. This 2-1 margin has been basically unchanged throughout the campaign. Except for with members of Buono’s Party, Christie leads across-the-board. He holds 2-1 leads among both men and women. He leads 95 – 3 percent among Republicans and 72 – 22 percent among independent voters and even gets 31 percent of Democrats to Buono’s 63 percent.
The Governor enjoys a 65 – 29 percent favorability rating. Even 40 percent of Democrats have a favorable opinion of the Republican Christie. Buono gets a negative 26 – 37 percent favorability rating, with 35 percent who don’t know enough about her to form an opinion.
Just, five percent of New Jersey likely voters remain undecided and another 5 percent say there’s a “good chance” they will change their mind by next Tuesday.
“The election looks like a runaway,” says Mickey Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Even almost a third of Democrats pick Christie over State Sen. Barbara Buono. She’s been an energetic campaigner, but more than a third of voters don’t know enough about her to decide whether or not they like her.”
Garden State likely voters say 48 – 41 percent that they would like to see the Republican incumbent run for president in 2016. New Jersey likely voters are divided 42 – 43 percent on whether Christie would make a good president. Republicans say yes 71 – 17 percent while Democrats say no 70 – 19 percent. Independent voters are divided as 43 percent say yes and 39 percent say no.
“Voters in his own state are split over whether Christie would make a good President and only about half think he ought to run,” says Carroll. “He’s near the top in all the national polls, but not with his Garden State neighbors.
Looking at the number two spot in the state, 72 percent of voters don’t know enough about Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to say if she’s ready to step up if Christie goes to Washington. For Milly Silva, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, 84 percent don’t know enough.
From October 21 – 27, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,203 New Jersey likely voters in the election for governor, with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.