Poll Shows Voters See Gov. Christie As Strong But Arrogant Leader

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — More people are describing Gov. Chris Christie as arrogant or self-centered, a new poll finds. But a majority also describe him as smart and a strong leader.

The Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Friday finds voters are more likely than they were six months ago to ascribe negative traits to the governor. Fifty-six percent say he’s arrogant, a jump of 15 points. Sixty-two percent say he’s stubborn, a jump of 12 points.

Half of those polled described Christie as a strong leader, independent and smart.

Christie’s favorable rating is at 46 percent, basically unchanged from six months ago. Forty-two percent feel unfavorably toward him.

“We continue to find a gender gap in support of the governor. Women are much less supportive. It turns out that underlying that gender gap is that women are much more likely to ascribe the negative trait words. They’re no less likely to say the positive words than are men, but they’re more likely to say the negative words and they’re also more likely than men to express anger and worry about the governor,” poll director David Redlawsk told WCBS 880.

The poll surveyed 601 adults from March 21 to March 27 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

Do you agree with the poll? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Brad Stein

    Excuse me, does anyone know a politician who is NOT arrogant and self-centered? So the Governor has an attitude. I commend the Governor for managing to stay true to himself. Now, if he wants to be in the running for Vice President in 2012 or President in 2016, he must show us where he stands on corporate welfare. Will he give tax cuts to the greedy billionaires at Prudential Insurance?

  • Denise Willson

    It is refreshing to hear him speak so candidly and without regard to political implications. The Gov is authentic Christie and he was elected to make favorable change to our state. We shouldn’t expect to have it both ways.

  • sharon wolff

    Strong and arrogant are good terms to describe “his bulliness”. I do not think he is VP material until is learns to control his “outbursts”. Just think of him in a meeting with high ranking dignitaries, and if one foreign representative disagrees with “his bulliness” watch the “barbs fly”. Nope, Christie in not VP or Presidential material at all. Maybe senator but nothing higher!

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