A new poll from Monmouth University found Governor Phil Murphy’s approval ratings among New Jersey residents sharply declining, with 57% approving of his job performance, down from 71% at the same time last year. More concerning for the governor, however, is that the survey found that less than half of New Jersey residents – 48% – think he should win reelection to another term in office.
Murphy has been riding a wave of popularity due to the COVID-19 pandemic – his ratings shot up almost immediately when the virus began ravaging New Jersey – but a steady decline in his popularity has been observed as the pandemic receded while New Jersey’s onerous restrictions remained in place, despite many states reopening safely.
Also weighing down the governor are certain issues that rankle voters, particularly New Jersey’s insanely high property tax rates.
“New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property tax burden is a perennial thorn for state officeholders. It could pose a problem for Murphy if it becomes a high priority issue for voters in the fall campaign,” said Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray.
Despite the lackluster poll performance, Murphy is likely to win reelection in the fall thanks to New Jersey’s high concentration of Democrats who still support him.
According to the Monmouth poll, Murphy has an 88% approval rating from Democrats, who far outnumber Republicans in the state. Only 21% of Republicans approve of Murphy’s job performance, down from 45% last year, and 48% of independents approve of his performance, declining from 69%.