Polls: Chris Christie Isn't a Bully

Matt Vespa
By Matt Vespa | January 17, 2014 | 5:23 PM EST

A January 15 Quinnipiac poll showed that Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is no bully; he's a leader.  The embattled Republican is fighting for his political life over allegations that he caused a politically-motivated traffic jam on the already traffic-heavy George Washington Bridge, which has become the most important bridge in all of America.

Separately, a Monmouth University/Asbury Park poll found that only 32% of New Jersey residents view the governor as a bully.

The Quinnipiac poll noted that "New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is more of a leader than a bully, voters say 54 - 40 percent today, one of his lowest 'bully' scores since the Quinnipiac University poll first asked the question June 17, 2010." Is their a difference of opinion amongst men and women? Nope.  "Men say 53 - 42 percent that Christie is more of a leader than a bully and women agree 55 - 39 percent," according to Quinnipiac.

What about his job approval? Well, it's still good, Quinnipiac's poll shows:

"New Jersey voters approve 55 - 38 percent of the job Gov. Christie is doing, down from his all-time high 74 - 22 percent February 20, 2013. Women approve 55 - 37 percent while men approve 54 - 39 percent."

Also, when it comes to Christie being trustworthy, 51% of New Jersey residents agree, while only 34% of Democrats thought otherwise.  Furthermore, when asked if Gov. Christie "cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not," 55% said that he does, with 55% of men and 56% of women agreeing that the Governor cares about them.

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