TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A new poll shows fewer New Jerseyans are less optimistic about the direction of their state, but they aren’t blaming Gov. Chris Christie.

The Fairleigh Dickinson-PublicMind poll out Tuesday finds 49 percent of respondents think the state is headed in the right direction, an 8-point drop since June. That compares with 34 percent who believe it’s on the wrong track, a 6-point gain.

The same poll finds Christie’s approval rating is 58 percent, which is virtually unchanged since June. Perhaps that’s because nearly two-thirds say their quality of life is about the same as when Christie became governor in 2010.

The telephone survey of 700 registered voters was conducted Aug. 21-27 and has an error margin of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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