Poll: Gov. Christie's popularity rising

TRENTON - A recent poll finds more New Jersey residents now have a favorable opinion of Gov. Chris Christie.

The Quinnipiac University Poll out today found 51 percent of voters surveyed approved of the governor's job performance, while 36 percent disapproved.

A Quinnipiac poll issued in June had shown 44 percent approved of Christie and 43 percent disapproved.

Meanwhile, 51 percent of respondents in the latest poll described the first-term Republican governor as a "leader," while 43 percent call him a "bully." And 46 percent say he's "confrontational," while 43 percent call him "honest and refreshing."

The poll surveyed 1,190 voters from Aug. 9-17. It has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

For more information on the poll, go to the Quinnipiac Polling Institute website.

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