New Jersey Exit Polls Point to Some Key Trends

New Jersey Exit Polls Point to Some Key Trends

New Jersey exit polls, conducted by Edison Research, point to some interesting trends with national implications. 

- Support for President Obama has fallen among New Jersey voters from 57% in 2009 to slightly more than half this year.

- The Democratic party is seen more favorably than Republicans by a small margin.

- More voters blame Republicans for the government shutdown than Democrats.

- Half of all voters said the economy was most important to them, followed by taxes. Governor Chris Christie tends to get high marks on both issues. 

- Seven in eight voters said they approved of the way Christie handled hurricane Sandy.

- Only three in ten voters said New Jersey's economy had improved over the last year. This is one of the few low points in the exit polls for Christie.