Majority of NJ voters say Obama doesn't deserve reelection

The majority of voters in New Jersey say President Obama does not deserve a second term, according to a new Rutgers poll.

Only 43 percent of New Jersey voters in the poll said Obama deserves to be reelected, while 47 percent said he deserves to be voted out of office.

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Those findings are a troubling sign for Obama, since New Jersey has traditionally been a stronghold for Democrats. In an earlier Rutgers poll taken in February, only 39 percent of New Jersey voters said he did not deserve reelection.   

The poll comes on the heels of a Quinnipiac poll last week that showed New Jersey voters disapprove of Obama’s job performance by a 52 percent to 44 percent margin, the president's lowest score ever in the state.

“The continuing economic climate, coupled with voter frustration at Washington, has created feelings of discontent that are clearly hurting the president’s chances for reelection,” said David Redlawsk, a professor of political science at Rutgers University. “The dramatic decline in support for Obama comes mostly from independents."

The New Jersey poll mirrors a nationwide trend for the president. His approval rating in the latest Gallup poll slipped to 38 percent, his lowest ever. Gallup is also showing him running even with almost all of the leading Republican candidates.

During an interview with CBS Sunday, Obama claimed that his slipping support was reflective of a general frustration with Washington politics.

"Well, what it says to me is I'm the president of the United States and when people aren't happy with what's happening in Washington, that I'm gonna be impacted just like Congress is. And you know, I completely understand that, we expected that," Obama said.

If there was any consolation for the president, it was that New Jersey voters don't seem particularly enamored with the Republican candidates, either. Only 3 percent of respondents claimed that they were "very satisfied" with the Republican field; 56 percent said they were "somewhat satisfied."

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