Poll finds Sandy gave Christie a big ratings boost

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Trenton, N.J., as he lays out his plan to fund state road and bridge projects for the next five years. The plan calls for spending $1.6 billion a year, the same amount that is currently spent. The fund was due to run out of money in June. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

November 29, 2012 3:08:38 AM PST
Chris Christie's handling of Hurricane Sandy's aftermath has the New Jersey governor riding a wave of popularity.

A Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Thursday finds 67 percent of voters now have a favorable impression of Christie. That's one of the highest approval ratings recorded for a New Jersey governor.

Nearly two-thirds of residents polled said the words "smart" and "strong leader" best described Christie. That's a huge turnaround from last March when the top traits were "stubborn" and "arrogant."

A majority of Democrats surveyed, 52 percent, said he's a strong leader.

The poll of 1,228 New Jersey adults was conducted from Nov. 14-17. Among them was a subsample of 1,108 registered voters that has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.