April 16, 2015 - New Jersey Voters Say Menendez Should Resign, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back President Obama On Cuba, Iran Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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New Jersey voters say 52 - 39 percent, with Democrats divided, that U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez should resign, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters say 54 - 23 percent that Sen. Menendez is not honest and trustworthy, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Calling for Menendez' ouster are Republicans 61 - 32 percent and independent voters 51 - 40 percent, while Democrats are divided 46 - 44 percent on whether he should stay or go.

Democrats say 43 - 34 percent that Menendez is not honest and trustworthy, with even bigger margins among Republicans and independent voters.

Looking at the federal grand jury indictment of Menendez, 45 percent of voters, including 39 percent of Democrats say he did something "illegal," while 38 percent of voters, including 43 percent of Democrats, say he did "something unethical but nothing illegal." Only 8 percent of voter say he did not do anything "seriously wrong," with 9 percent undecided.

"The accusation is enough, voters say; U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez should quit. Even almost half of his fellow Democrats think so," said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll.

"More than 80 percent of New Jerseyans think what the senator did was illegal or at least unethical, but hardly anyone believes he's blameless.

"Sen. Menendez' supporters say there was a missing middle in the bribery charge - a quid pro quo with plenty of quid and quo but no 'pro' to link them. A veteran of Hudson County's bare-knuckle politics, Menendez has lined up support in his fight to survive."

"But New Jerseyans don't support his counter-attack. A lot of them think the U.S. attorney acted politically, but more think the charges are factual," Carroll added.

New Jersey voters give Menendez a negative 35 - 46 percent job approval rating, down from a positive 46 - 33 percent approval rating in a January 21 Quinnipiac University poll and the senator's worst net approval rating ever.

Disapproval is 56 - 29 percent among Republicans and 51 - 30 percent among independent voters, while Democrats approve 44 - 37 percent.

The prosecution of Menendez is based on the facts, 46 percent of voters say, while 39 percent say it is politically motivated. President's Approval, Cuba, Iran

New Jersey voters approve 53 - 44 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, up from a negative 45 - 52 percent approval rating January 21, and the president's best score in a year.

Voters approve 64 - 28 percent of the U.S. initiative to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, with approval at 60 percent or higher among Democrats, independent voters, men, women and all age groups. Republicans disapprove 57 - 36 percent.

New Jersey voters support 56 - 38 percent the preliminary agreement with Iran to lift economic sanctions in exchange for Iran restricting its nuclear program.

Again, there is strong approval among all listed groups, except Republicans, who are opposed 68 - 28 percent.

Voters approve 52 - 20 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is doing, compared to 51 - 25 percent January 21.

"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.

From April 9 - 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,428 New Jersey voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.

20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Cory Booker is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              52%    33%    73%    47%    49%    55%    58%    54%    53%
Disapprove           20     38      6     21     26     14     19     19     19
DK/NA                28     29     20     32     25     30     23     27     28
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Cory Booker is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Apr 16  Jan 21  Dec 10  Aug 06  Apr 09
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014
 
Approve              52      51      48      47      47
Disapprove           20      25      22      27      25
DK/NA                28      24      29      26      28
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              35%    29%    44%    30%    36%    34%    37%    32%    37%
Disapprove           46     56     37     51     49     43     42     50     45
DK/NA                19     15     19     18     15     23     21     18     18
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 16  Jan 21  Dec 10  Aug 06  Apr 09  Nov 28  Feb 20
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014    2012    2008
 
Approve              35      46      44      45      43      56      30
Disapprove           46      33      31      34      39      29      31
DK/NA                19      21      24      21      18      14      39
 
 
22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              53%    10%    87%    46%    48%    57%    57%    59%    48%
Disapprove           44     88     11     50     49     40     41     39     48
DK/NA                 3      2      3      4      3      3      2      2      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 16  Jan 21  Dec 11  Aug 06  Apr 09  Jun 10  Oct 13
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014    2009    2011
 
Approve              53      45      46      44      49      68      43
Disapprove           44      52      50      52      48      25      52
DK/NA                 3       3       4       4       4       7       5
 
 
38. Would you say that Robert Menendez - is honest and trustworthy or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  23%    16%    34%    19%    24%    23%    24%    20%    26%
No                   54     67     43     58     60     49     52     59     52
DK/NA                23     17     23     23     17     28     24     20     23
 
TREND: Would you say that Robert Menendez is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     Apr 16  Apr 24  Mar 27  Feb 21  Sep 20  Jun 15
                     2015    2013    2013    2013    2006    2006
 
Yes                  23      39      35      28      33      38
No                   54      32      36      44      24      21
DK/NA                23      29      29      28      43      41
 
 
39. Would you say that Robert Menendez - cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  42%    28%    54%    41%    45%    39%    40%    37%    48%
No                   38     58     25     41     43     34     39     41     36
DK/NA                20     15     21     18     12     26     20     22     16
 
 
40. Would you say that Robert Menendez - has strong leadership qualities or not?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  44%    35%    54%    41%    45%    42%    42%    40%    47%
No                   38     51     29     39     41     36     34     43     37
DK/NA                18     14     16     19     14     22     24     18     16
 
 
41. As you may know, a federal grand jury has indicted New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez on charges of bribery. He has been accused of using the influence of his office to advance the business interests of a longtime friend and political supporter in exchange for nearly a million dollars in gifts and campaign donations. Which of the following statements best describes your view of Robert Menendez's actions in these matters: He did something illegal, he did something unethical, but nothing illegal, or he did not do anything seriously wrong?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Illegal              45%    54%    39%    42%    46%    44%    60%    48%    37%
Unethical/Not illegl 38     30     43     40     34     41     31     38     42
Not seriously wrong   8      8     10      7     11      6      5      7     11
DK/NA                 9      8      8     11      9      9      4      7     10
 
 
42. Do you think Robert Menendez should or should not resign from the Senate?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Should resign        52%    61%    46%    51%    50%    54%    67%    57%    42%
Should not           39     32     44     40     44     35     25     35     48
DK/NA                 9      6     10      9      6     12      8      8      9
 
 
43. Do you think prosecutors have brought this case against Menendez on the basis of the facts of the case, or out of political motivation?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Basis of the facts   46%    46%    48%    44%    47%    45%    50%    49%    42%
Political motivation 39     43     38     39     41     38     40     34     44
DK/NA                15     10     14     17     13     17     10     17     14
 
 
55. Do you approve or disapprove of the U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              64%    36%    83%    63%    68%    60%    69%    68%    61%
Disapprove           28     57     12     28     27     29     29     24     30
DK/NA                 8      7      5      9      5     10      2      8      8
 
 
56. As you may know a preliminary agreement was reached in which the United States and other countries would lift major economic sanctions against Iran, in exchange for Iran restricting its nuclear program in a way that makes it harder for it to produce nuclear weapons. Do you support or oppose this agreement?
                                                               AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              56%    28%    76%    54%    55%    57%    58%    60%    53%
Oppose               38     68     18     41     41     36     36     36     39
DK/NA                 6      5      6      6      4      7      5      4      7