NEW JERSEY (CBS) – A survey of New Jersey voters finds the governor improving but the president stumbling.

Chris Christie’s approval rating is back in positive territory, “47% to 46% in the new Quinnipiac University poll.”

The school’s polling institute director Maurice Carroll says it’s more than a reversal of fortunes over last month’s numbers, “This is a period where governors are not doing well — every place else, the governors are down in the soup.”

Other CEOs aren’t immune from taking a bath in the broth — President Obama, for example, “52% to 44% of people disapprove of him; it’s the lowest the president has ever had in a Quinnipac poll.”

Blame the debt ceiling debate for the bruising that’s affected congress as much as the White House, Caroll says.  But if the president is looking for a silver lining, the poll finds he wins a second term when matched against a Republican to be named later.

Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio 1060

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