Posted at 12:01 am March 13, 1997, in Christie Whitman, Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

While Governor Christie Whitman continues to receive positive job ratings from a majority of New Jerseyans and is currently preferred as a candidate over a yet to be named Democratic opponent in the 1997 election, her support is not as broad as Tom Kean’s was at the same point in his gubernatorial tenure. As a candidate for Governor in 1997, Whitman has the support of about 4-in-10 New Jerseyans who would vote to re-elect her, compared to half of New Jerseyans who indicated they would vote to re-elect Republican Governor Tom Kean in the spring of 1985. The key difference between the support for Whitman and Kean is Kean had the ability to attract larger percentages of independents and Democrats.


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