NJ Poll: Obama Leads Romney

President's approval rating is less than half of the voters surveyed, only one-third think the U.S. is going in the right direction

President Barack Obama is maintaining a lead over Mitt Romney among New Jersey voters surveyed despite concerns about the way he's doing his job.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released Thursday shows Obama 13 percentage points (49 to 36 percent) ahead of the Republican. A survey in May showed Obama up by 14 points (50 to 36 percent).

However, only 33 percent of those surveyed believe the country is moving in the right direction, and 49 percent approve of the way Obama is handling his job.

“Say what you want about New Jersey, but our residents can’t be pigeonholed politically,”
said Krista Jenkins, Executive Director of PublicMind and professor of political science. “The fact that registered voters seem to prefer Democrats for the White House and U.S. Senate (Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg) yet support Republican Gov. Chris Christie could be explained by differences in parties at the state and national level.”

The Decision 2012 general election is Nov. 6.

The telephone survey of 849 registered voters had a sampling error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

Read the full Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll results here.

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