Trenton — Despite criticism from U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Gov. Chris Christie, President Obama’s policies on Cuba and Iran have the backing of New Jersey voters, a poll released Thursday finds.
Sixty-four percent of New Jersey registered voters tell Quinnipiac University Polling Institute that they approve of Obama’s decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.
And 56 support the preliminary agreement with Iran to restrict its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.
Menendez (D-N.J.), whose parents were Cuban immigrants and who has the strong backing of pro-Israel groups, has been critical of both policies. So has Christie, who ripped them at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Wednesday.
“On the two issues where Menendez is fighting President Barack Obama, the deal with Iran and rebuilding ties with Cuba — voters support Obama, not Menendez,” Carroll said.
Republicans are against both of the foreign policies, with 68 percent opposing the Iran deal and 57 percent disapproving of the Cuba policy. But majorities of Democrats and independents support both policies. Support also reaches across gender and age groups, with men, women and voters of all ages backing the policies.
President Obama’s standing has also improved significantly among New Jersey voters, 53 percent of whom now approve of his job performance while 44 percent disapprove. In January, the numbers were almost reversed, with 45 percent approving and 52 percent disapproving.
The poll of 1,428 New Jersey registered voters was conducted from April 9-14 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.
Matt Friedman, nj.com
April 16, 2015