June 23, 2011 — N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's (R) approval ratings have dropped to the lowest in a year, as women's support declined following cuts to family planning funding and other programs, according to a Quinnipiac University poll, Bloomberg reports. Just 36% of female respondents approved of his job performance since taking office in January 2010, compared with 53% of men. Fifty-four percent of women disproved of his job performance.
Christie cut about $7.5 million in state funding for family planning services from the budget last year, and he has proposed a similar cut in next year's budget. Six clinics closed as a result of the cuts.
Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said it is unlikely that Christie could close the gender gap. "Men tend to vote Republican and women tend to vote Democratic, and Christie is an extreme case," he said. The poll included 1,610 registered voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points (Dopp, Bloomberg, 6/21).