ANDY KIM LEADS TOM MACARTHUR IN RACE FOR NEW JERSEY’S 3RD DISTRICT
In new general election polling, Democrat Andy Kim leads Republican Congressman Tom MacArthur by 2 points (47% to 45%) in a DCCC survey of likely general election voters conducted in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District.
The generic ballot further illustrates the challenging environment for the incumbent Congressman. Voters favor a generic Democrat by 5 points over a generic Republican (48% to 43%). Unaffiliated voters split evenly between the generic Democrat and generic Republican, with each earning 42%.
TRUMP AND MACARTHUR GET NEGATIVE RATINGS FROM VOTERS
Voters are split on MacArthur’s performance as Congressman. 38% approve of his job as Congressman, while 39% disapprove. To make matters worse for MacArthur, voters disapprove of Donald Trump’s job as President. Just 41% of voters approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as President, compared to 52% who disapprove.
New Jersey’s 3rd district is located in Burlington and Ocean counties. The district voted for Obama by 5 points in 2012, but favored Trump by 6 points in 2016. The district is overwhelmingly suburban (70.1%) by population density.
The results are based on a survey of 523 likely 2018 general election voters in NJ-03 conducted by the DCCC and fielded September 4-5, 2018. Respondents’ information came from the voter file and this poll was conducted through a standard blend of live cell phone and automated calls. The margin of error is +/- 4.3%.