Poll: New Jersey Voters Say Christie Should Go If He Knew About Retaliation

Poll taken Thursday night says voters think Christie should resign if he knew about retaliation beforehand.

A new poll shows that a majority of New Jersey residents say Gov. Chris Christie should resign if he knew ahead of time that his staff was going to order political retribution by closing lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

A new Rasmussen telephone poll published Friday says that 56 percent of New Jersey voters polled believe Christie should resign if it is proven that he approved of retaliation against the Mayor of Fort Lee, who did not endorse Christie’s re-election bid. Just 29 percent disagree and 15 percent are not sure.

Another 54 percent believe it was at least “Somewhat Likely” that Christie was aware that the four traffic lanes to the busiest bridge in the world were being closed as political retaliation, according to the poll.

Thirty-six percent said they think it’s “Unlikely” Christie was aware beforehand.

Reactions to the bridge scandal fall along party lines.

In the sample of 800 people surveyed by phone Thursday night, 75 percent of Democrats think Christie was aware of the Fort Lee retaliation beforehand, compared to just 34 percent of Republicans and 46 percent of unaffiliated voters, the poll says.

Seventy-three percent of Democrats and 52 percent of unaffiliated voters who responded think Christie should resign if he was aware of the lane closures beforehand, while Republicans were split on the question at 50 percent, the poll says.

The poll suggests the incident could hamper Christie’s widely assumed presidential bid aspirations in 2016. Thirty-nine percent of all voters said they are less likely to vote for Christie in 2016 because of the Fort Lee incident, while 14 percent said they would be more likely. Another 39 percent said the troubles would have no affect on their decision, according to the poll.

A large majority of respondents – 71 percent -- said they think it’s likely some members of the governor’s staff retaliated against other political officials who did not support Christie’s re-election, with 41 percent saying they thought it was “Very Likely,’’ and just 17 percent responding that it was “Not Very Likely,’’ or “Not At All Likely,’’ the poll says.

A huge majority – 81 percent – said they agree that the staff members involved in the incident should be fired while 47 percent said they believe those staff members should also be criminally prosecuted. Just 31 percent said they disagree, according to the poll.

Parent January 10, 2014 at 04:55 PM
.... Didn't he use the IRS to target us, close G-bay, hire a Canadian company to develop a web site, tell us we can keep our insurance?? Oh wait that was the other guy you do not want to get rid off? The bridge closure ranks right up there.....not! They all stink it is just a matter of how much.
PeoplePlease January 10, 2014 at 05:09 PM
Im pretty sure Rasmussen had Romney winning with like 52%
Pat January 10, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Sorry, you have your facts wrong, Maruca. The woman in question did NOT die as a result of the traffic jam. Below is the quote from the woman's daughter. "I really don't think so, no, I really don't. I think she was 91 and really believe in my heart that she was already gone when the ambulance got (to her house)," Vilma Oleri told the station.
Project Bluebeam January 10, 2014 at 07:31 PM
Hey Patch, where were your impeachment polls after Benghazi?
AB January 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM
true Project .... then a gain.. the dems never do anything wrong...lol


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