Poll: Democrats, Republicans have favorable opinion of Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Trenton, N.J. AP Photo/Mel Evans

Americans across the political spectrum agree as a new poll reveals a majority hold a favorable opinion of Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.

The new Gallup poll reveals that 52 percent have positive opinions of Christie and only 20 percent have negative views.

Primarily conducted between June 1 to 4, before Christie announced an October special election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., 58 percent of Republicans, 52 percent of Democrats and half of independents have favorable opinions of the New Jersey governor.

Christie received flack from Republicans after he set the election to fill Lautenberg's seat - which a Democrat will likely assume in the blue-leaning state - rather than appoint someone from the GOP to fill the remainder of Lautenberg's term, which ends in January 2015.

Christie's name recognition soared to 72 percent in this poll from 49 percent in a March 2011 Gallup poll. He gained national media attention in October 2012 for his Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, and resultant relationshipwith President Obama.

The poll surveyed 1,529 adults interviewed nationwide and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

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