Friday, July 22, 2011

Bruce Springsteen born to run New Jersey?

We all know Bruce Springsteen is The Boss of rock…but it turns out he could also be New Jersey’s boss, if he wanted to.

A hypothetical survey by Public Policy Polling puts Springsteen ahead of Republican incumbent Chris Christie as New Jersey’s next Governor.

Christie’s approval rating currently sits at 43%, but the survey suggests that Springsteen would get the gig if he ran as a Democrat in the 2013 election.

PPP reports they added Springsteen’s name to their survey “just for fun,” to see how the rocker would fare in a run against Christie. Each would start out at 42%, but there's a lot more room for growth for the Boss because while only 4% of Republicans are undecided, 23% of Democrats say they're not sure who they would vote for. If Springsteen ran and came across as a credible candidate he'd likely see a large increase in that Democratic support.

Springsteen has favorability numbers any politician would die for: 50% of voters see him positively to only 22% with an unfavorable opinion; he has favorable numbers across party lines although perhaps because of his well known politics he's seen a good deal more positively by Democrats (63/10) than Republicans (38/35).

So, is Bruce really “born to run?”

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Born To Run
Capitol Theater - Passaic, NJ – September 1978

See also:

VIDEO: Bruce Springsteen plays Clarence Clemons tribute
Van Halen, Bruce Springsteen named Top American Rock Bands of All Time by Gibson
Bruce Springsteen shares his eulogy for Clarence Clemons
Tributes to Clarence Clemons top the hennemusic Hot 10
Bruce Springsteen says goodbye to Clarence Clemons
VIDEO: U2 pays tribute to Clarence Clemons in Anaheim
VIDEO: Bon Jovi pays tribute to Clarence Clemons in Denmark
Springsteen sax man Clarence Clemons passes away at 69
Bruce Springsteen issues statement regarding Clarence Clemons
Clarence Clemons recovering from stroke
Bruce Springsteen saxophonist Clarence Clemons suffers stroke
VIDEO: Bruce Springsteen rocks Boston with Dropkick Murphys
Super Bowl Flashback: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (2009)