TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s polling numbers have taken another dip.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll finds that, for the first time, more respondents disapprove of Christie’s performance in office than approve of it: 47 percent give him thumbs down, 44 percent thumbs up.

Poll director Maurice Carroll says there’s a gender gap at play here.

quinnipiac poll x1 Gov. Christie Popularity Sliding, New Poll Shows“Men like him — they think he’s doing a good job, 53 to 39 (percent). Women, almost exactly the opposite, 54 to 36 think he’s doing a bad job.”

And Christie’s handling of education and budget issues also splits along gender lines, also showing overall displeasure among survey respondents.

The chopper controversy (see related stories)? People are split over whether that’s a big deal.

Pollsters also asked how voters would assess Christie as a potential vice-presidential hopeful on the Republican ticket next year, given his repeated insistence he won’t run for president. Three out of five thought he’d make a bad VP.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060

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