FDU Poll: Obama's OK, Women Cool on Romney

About half of poll respondents approve of President Obama's job performance.

Our , but so does our Democratic president, according to the latest poll from

Barack Obama also has a solid lead over Mitt Romney in New Jersey, according to the poll—especially among women.

Read the full statement from FDU below, then take our own poll to let us know what you think?

According the latest poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, 50 percent of New Jersey voters say they approve of the way the president is handling his job, while 42 percent disapprove. These numbers mirror the support expressed by New Jerseyans for their Republican governor, Chris Christie, as reported yesterday: 56 percent approve of the job Christie is doing, compared to 33 percent who disapprove.

“What’s interesting is the fact that these men are from different parties, during a time of sharp partisan division, and yet they garner about the same support,” said FDU political scientist and poll analyst Krista Jenkins. “Obama’s popularity in the Garden State doesn’t detract from Christie’s, and vice versa. Both clearly bring something to the table that works for New Jerseyans.”

When it comes to the all-important horse race, Obama bests the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, by fourteen points (50-36 percent).  And behind those numbers, the gender gap is a sizable obstacle for Romney to overcome. Although men are about equally divided in their support for the candidates (45% Obama; 42% Romney), the majority of women say they’d vote for Obama if the election were held today (54%-31%). Women are also significantly more likely to approve of Obama’s job performance (55%) than men (45%).

“What we’re seeing in New Jersey confirms what’s going on nationally,” said Jenkins. “Judging by the size of Romney’s deficit with women voters, gender is going to play a sizable role in the outcome of this election.”

However, the gender gap doesn’t hold up when the question turns to perceptions of the direction in which the country is headed. The majority of respondents (56%) believe the country is on the wrong track, and men (57%) and women (55%) are about equally pessimistic.

“When we step back and look at what these numbers are telling us, it’s that New Jersey women are just as unhappy with where this country is headed, but draw a completely different conclusion than men about the choice of candidates and the solutions they’re offering,” said Jenkins.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 797 registered voters statewide was conducted by telephone using both landlines and cell phones from April 30 through May 6, 2012, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.

libsrsic May 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM
I don't think the numbers would be as favorable for the president if the poll was conducted among "likely" voters as opposed to "registered" voters.
Clapper May 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM
The reality will become clear with the likely voters as Romney will get more share of the independent voters and woman voters nationwide. The under 25 vote will not be anywhere as high as it was in 2008. All of these realistic numbers will fare well with Romney. Romney will win by at least 3% points in November. How about discuss the nj US senate race?
Paul J. DiBartolo May 10, 2012 at 01:57 PM
These are some curious statistics given how popular Christie is in New jersey. His favorable numbers are way up, he is very well liked, and he is a big supporter of Romney to the point of being near the top of the short list for VP. Yet we are expected to believe that Obama is popular as well. Maybe the geniuses who crunched the numbers on this would care to offer an explanation for the contrast expressed in my comment.
rob May 10, 2012 at 03:05 PM
well its hard to belive that pres obama is that poplar but if romeny picks sen rubio of fla it may help, obama is obviously trying to get the youth an gay rights vote up with the student loan issue an gay marriage, my question is where was he for 4 years on this. i support the right for two people to be togheter, they have the right to be just as misirablle as the rest of us. but on the economy it should be the only issue to decide this election, an obama fails.
Clapper May 10, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Be fair patch. If you are going to discuss both candidates, show pictures of both, share where you get your stats from, etc. Romney is up slightly in most polls, and if you pay attention to your sister station CNN or even Fox you'll see that the pres is behind with women and the pres is lacking the support of 25 and under crowd (may stay home)
Sean McCullen May 10, 2012 at 09:23 PM
The poll was conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University, as stated above.
David Vaccaro May 11, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Patch, I'm sure the methodology used by FDU publicmoron poll can be trusted. Here's a portion of one of their polls about the filthy "Occupy Movement" from 10/27/11: "Meanwhile, 4 of 5 voters (81%) are following the Occupy Wall Street protests, with 3 of 5 (62%) saying they’ve heard “a great deal” about them. Overall, New Jerseyans support the movement by a margin of 46%-29%" Who are they polling, the inmates in a mental hospital? I think they just threw in some decent numbers for Christie to give credence to the food stamp president's numbers or maybe there's some truth to the high level of pesticide residue here in the Garden State. Have you looked at gas, food and home prices? Who do they poll, street people?
Peace-loving Hippy May 11, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Street people. the mentally ill, occupiers all have a voice too. May spreading the stigma stop.
Jack S May 11, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Fairleigh Dickinson U candidate polls are rarely accurate. A better guage of what likely voters will do are the Rasmussen Reports polls, which are usually just a point or two off actual election results. Of course, it's too early to predict anything about the November election.
David Vaccaro May 12, 2012 at 12:15 AM
PLH, You do have a voice. (-:
David Vaccaro May 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Talking about polls. The First Kenyan is getting pounded for his stance on Gays. Maybe he should come out and just say he meant happy people not homosexuals. If there was ever an example that we're currently governed by the gang that can't shoot straight, this is it. Even Reverend Wright has to oppose Obama on this one. They should kick Plugs Biden out of the democrat party for forcing borat out of the closet.
Porterincollingswood May 15, 2012 at 12:18 PM
1) He is not getting 'pounded' anywhere that matters (he went down in Nebraska, up in Vermont...so what?). The net result is that it changed nothing. Every poll shows this. This wasn't LBJ writing off the South for generations. 2) The whole thing was designed to push Romney back to the right-wing version he's been pretending to be in the primary. Mitt took the bait because he was at Liberty U giving a speech the next day (and if you think Obama didn't know that, you're being naive). A moderate Romney could very will win, an extreme Romney loses because his negatives will never recover in time for the general. 3) Biden blurting out what he did is why Christie won't be the #2. Another example that you cannot have guys without message discipline as the Robin to your Batman. It doesn't work. Anti-gay marriage is an epic loser issue for the GOP. Obama knows it, that's why he maneuvered this way. Christie knows it, that's why he punted on the issue. He's channeling Rove by forcing opponents into unpopular stances on wedge issues. But why take my word for it? Why not ask a guy who knows better than either of us? Like this guy, Jan R. van Lohuizen: http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/05/bush-pollster-change-in-attitudes-on-gay-marriage-123235.html Obama is a weak incumbent, but he's facing the worst opponent since Mondale. Romney wrote off he two demos he needed to win - suburban moderates and Latinos. He'll get the McCain states + IN
Porterincollingswood May 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Said the birther whacko who bases the sum total of his opinion on a single episode of "Morning Joe", a C-tier "news" program. You have never offered any facts, just birther trash nonsense. Analyze some data, get some facts, stop wasting time making things up on Patch. it's boring.
Porterincollingswood May 15, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I'm going to share a key fact with you, and then thank you for your time. There is only ONE thing that matters in this election, and gay marriage isn't even in the top 10. If Greece bails and Germany won't step up to the plate and further strengthen Spain and Italy, the Euro fails. That happens, Europe goes into a deep second dip recessions that slows or reverses the modest growth in the US. That happens, Obama loses. Greece and Germany. Those are the things that matter. Obama and Romney have nothing to do with it, all these phony wedge issues are window dressing.
David Vaccaro May 15, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Theporterfromcollingswood, I'm not a birther. It doesn't matter to me that borat was probably born in Kenya, it's not an issue for me. I only brought up "Morning Joe" because they are always such obama ass-kissers that I was shocked. But the polls all over are scaring team Kenya. The Times said 67% of those polled said borat's Gay love was done for political reasons. Gallop has Mitt 2% ahead of the Chicago thug in the head to head. You say the Gay thing doesn't mean anything but maybe to people like you it's a spirit lifter but to the non-Gay population it reminds them that Obama's sympathies more lie with the complainers and the odd. That's not to say everyone shouldn't be tolerant but why does this clown care more for the few strange among us than the masses. Aren't we all Americans? He's a real divider and that become more apparent every day. Dave
David Vaccaro May 15, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Theporterin collingswood, I agree with you on things going on in Europe but I don't claim to have a specific understanding of the problems. But it certainly seems that the overspending that was done in support of European socialism is a warning to us here. Obama loves wild spending and what happens over there may reflect poorly on Borat as it should. This populist clown doesn't understand anything about the basics of business. But I think you're wrong about the effect of Obama pledging his Gay love. Anyone who was hanging onto the mistaken belief that Obama was somehow centrist in his overall beliefs had something pushed in their face, if you know what I mean. Americans have weighed in on their views on Gay marriage in 32 states. I don't think you can point to another issue that has that kind of batting average. I'm sure this fact bothers you, and I assume your significant other, but it doesn't stop people from going on to lead wonderful lives. Dave
Porterincollingswood May 15, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I have only watched it a few times, but I found it kind of silly. Every day the "biggest thing ever to happen to X, Y, Z" happens and they plod through it like its the turning point. That's it's schtick. OK, you just act like / talk like a birther...but you aren't. OK. I guess.
Porterincollingswood May 15, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Dave, you seem committed to arguing with an imaginary straw man (I am not that scared of a Romney Presidency, nor do I dismiss his chances), but look at this rationally and devoid of emotion. The main point of this was to make Romney take the side that reinforces him as a conservative. It also takes the emphasis off the economy. Every second Romney can't talk about the economy is a plus for Obama. Is that enough to win? Who knows? But it's better than the alternative. As for "independents", there are none in modern America. There are three types: 1) Independents that always vote Democrat 100% of the time 2) Independents that always vote GOP 100% of the time (i.e. Reagan Democrats) 3) Genuine independents, low info voters who vote on likability and name recognition Obama will do better with #3 naturally because he has more name recognition and he has high likability (not the same as favorable) ratings. You seem to fall into the "does not share my values crowd", which is fine. But that group was NEVER voting for Obama anyway. So what's the net loss here? PS - Greece over-spent AND under-taxed. That was its major issue.
Porterincollingswood May 15, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Since you like GALLUP polls (PS this is another example of why you are a fringe extremist)... http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/polls-most-americans-call-gay-relationships-moral-and-are-not-swayed-by-obamas-same-sex-marriage-support/2012/05/14/gIQAbcvNPU_story.html And Obama is +1 in the latest GALLUP poll. So now I guess you'll write off Romney since one GALLUP poll tells the whole story. Oh, wait...the poll is suddenly meaningless / slanted / etc. Right?
Porterincollingswood May 15, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Oh, and check Joe's background and party affiliation. Not that you will, because that requires minimal effort and doesn't fit your narrative. And F Troop is on.
David Vaccaro May 15, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I don't disagree with everything that you and I think it would be wise to come to grips with the coming Romney administration. I'm absolutely sure I will have plenty of problems with Romney's leadership, as I did with Bush, but nothing close to what Obama has foisted on us all. I'm sure most of the Independents you have alluded to are waking up to the genuine Obama not the one that hides what he really believes . Having seen quite a few presidential elections, this time around, it's a no-brainer just like last time. Only last time the majority of Americans didn't use any. Obama was clearly, to anyone with some common sense, not up to the job. Romney has business credentials and loves the country so the choice seems easy. I'm certain that just ousting this loser will start somewhat of an economic comeback. I want Borat to load his family into that Volt he claims he's going to buy(don't know how he'll get Michelle's ass in there, though) and head back to his corrupt Chicago to spend a couple of decades as a pariah like Jimmy Carter did. At least Jimmy could mastered some doable skills and could rehabilitate himself as a carpenter. The only thing Obama can do with his lack of capabilities is volunteer as a circus tent peg. I can see where we have fundamental differences when you suggest that Greece was more a product of low taxes rather than overspending. That strikes at the very essence of political philosophy. Government always overspends. Dave
Porterincollingswood May 15, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Personally, I see this as the only major difference: in week 1 Obama would get approval for a small stimulus package...in week 1 Romney would get approval for the biggest stimulus package since Eisenhower built the highway system. And business expertise is no predictor of success. Truman was a failed haberdasher, after all. That's now what I said about Greece, so I will leave you to argue with the imaginary posted who did.
David Vaccaro May 15, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Porterincollingswood, That poll seems a bit suspicious as it came before Obama addressed his actual position. And I'm pretty leery of polls on this subject in light of the fact that 32 states have weighed in on the subject already. It would seem you are unable to explain how something like that happens. I'm pretty certain you won't address this. Dave
David Vaccaro May 15, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Porter, You should watch Morning Joe. ...libs love it. Joe is the token Conservative and not much of one to my mind. He couldn't make it at Fox so he harbors a lot of hard feelings. Buchanan is gone and it's virtually wall to wall libs. That's why I don't watch it. Dave
David Vaccaro May 15, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Porter, No guarantees with Romney but look what he's competing with ...the bar is set so low. Obama is a Chicago ward healer with a f__cked up background. You wouldn't wish that twisted crowd on anyone. A pack of wild dogs would have made him a better American. I actually feel sorry for him. Dave
rob May 15, 2012 at 06:11 PM
well two recent polls just taken an not by fox shows half of college grads cant find jobs so why are so much youth for obama, wait to get out in the real world they will become conservitive, instead of a flaming liberal. an the second poll shows obama stand on gay marriage was politcal , so he cant tlk about the economy. ps i have np with gays being married they should be miserable like the rest of us.


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