DCCC: Kim Leads MacArthur in 3rd District House Race

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%.

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