New Jersey voters disapprove 41 – 36 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is doing, a 15-point drop in less than a month, and say 44 – 28 percent that he is not honest and trustworthy, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Today’s approval rating is down from a 51 – 33 percent score in a January 23 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University and is his lowest score since August, 2011 when he had a negative 39 – 42 percent approval rating.
Democrats approve of Sen. Menendez 58 – 19 percent, while disapproval is 63 – 18 percent among Republicans and 45 – 31 percent among independent voters. Women approve 40 – 32 percent, while men disapprove 51 – 31 percent.
Seventy percent of New Jersey voters have read or heard something about the controversy involving Menendez and a political donor. Of that group:
- 59 percent say it makes them feel less favorably about the senator while 35 percent say it doesn’t affect their opinion;
- 53 percent are not satisfied with how he is handling the issue, while 28 percent are satisfied;
- 67 percent say the allegations are worth investigating, while 23 percent say they are politically motivated.
“U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez took an overseas trip and the poll numbers he left behind in New Jersey are dreadful – down 15 points in less than a month,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “So much for a reelection honeymoon.
“More than two thirds of voters have heard of his troubles and the more they know, the less they approve.