Democrat crushing Republican candidate in race for New Jersey Governor
Democratic nominee Phil Murphy has a commanding lead over Republican nominee Kim Guadagno in the race to succeed Chris Christie as governor of New Jersey.
The new Monmouth University Poll, released Wednesday shows Murphy, a former U.S. Ambassador to Germany with a commanding 27-point lead over Guadagno, New Jersey’s lieutenant governor.
53 percent of New Jersey residents will vote for Democrat Murphy while only 26 percent will vote for the GOP candidate. Six percent of those polled said they prefer a third candidate and 14 percent are undecided.
Election day in the Garden State is November 7.
Monmouth University said Murphy currently gets stronger support from Democrats (87%) than Guadagno does from Republicans in the state (69%). Independents split 41% for Murphy and 28% for Guadagno.
“Party labels are the primary driver behind this early reading of the race since very few voters really know much about either candidate. It is not clear whether Guadagno’s fortunes will improve as voters learn more about her current role as lieutenant governor considering how unpopular Chris Christie is right now,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
“At the same time, something unfavorable could come out about Murphy, but the underlying partisan fundamentals of the state are working against the Republican right now” he added.
“These results represent the current views of all registered voters at a very early stage of the campaign. Most of the candidates’ support is fairly soft at this point and turnout will be significantly smaller than the full population of registered voters polled here, so anything could happen,” said Murray.
Respondents told pollsters that the state’s income tax is the most pressing issue to them. New Jersey has the highest income tax rate in the nation.
“Fully half (50%) identify the state’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes as their most pressing concern. This ranks well ahead of all other issues, with the next tier of items including public education (15%), jobs (13%), and health insurance (11%).,” Monmouth University said.
“There are some partisan differences in the number of voters who mention these issues as most important to them. For example, 64% of Republicans identify property taxes as the top issue while 11% mention education. A majority of independents (53%) name property taxes with 10% mentioning education. About 4-in-10 Democrats (39%) cite property taxes as their top issue while 22% name public education.”
To see the complete poll results, go to Monmouth University website.
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