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New Poll Puts NJ-Sen. Race Back Within the Margin of Error

What’s clear from the poll is New Jersey voters are disgusted with Bob Menendez. But the question remains, are Democrats in the state disgusted enough to vote for a Republican?

By NTK Staff | 10.24.2018 @10:30am
New Poll Puts NJ-Sen. Race Back Within the Margin of Error

Just 28 percent of New Jersey voters have a favorable opinion of the senior senator from New Jersey, Democrat Bob Menendez. Another 55 percent said they have an unfavorable view of Menendez.

That’s according to a new poll conducted by Rutgers-Eagleton, which found Menendez leading his Republican challenger, Bob Hugin, 51-46. Remarkably, that five-point lead puts the race within the poll’s 5.1-percent margin of error.

The challenge for Menendez will be overcoming voters’ strong dissatisfaction with him. Hugin is viewed favorably among New Jersey voters, 40-33. But doubts linger about Menendez after he spent most of 2017 facing federal corruption charges. The trial ended in a mistrial, but clearly doubts remain among some in the Garden State.

“After his recent onslaught of attack ads against Menendez, Hugin is making this race much closer than it should be for an incumbent in a blue state,” Ashley Koning, director of Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, said in a statement that accompanied the poll results. “But what’s most responsible for the narrow margin here is the corruption charges against Menendez that have haunted his entire re-election campaign.

“Mistrial or not, the charges have dampened support where Menendez needs it most — with independents and even a handful of his own base,” Koning stated.

The poll also found that Hugin’s supporters are more enthusiastic about supporting him than Menendez’s. While not as important as the overall numbers, a statistic like that could prove important in a particularly close race.

Polls have varied in this race, but a Quinnipiac survey in August found a similar margin with Menendez leading Hugin 43-37.

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