April 22, 2009 - Corzine's Disapproval Is Highest Ever For An NJ Gov, Quinnipiac University New Jersey Poll Finds; Governor Trails Christie, Lonegan In Reelect Bid

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New Jersey voters disapprove 54 - 37 percent of the job Gov. Jon Corzine is doing, the highest disapproval ever measured for a New Jersey Governor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. The Democratic incumbent trails former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie, a Republican challenger in this year's Governor's race, while he ties former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan.

Gov. Corzine's disapproval is up from 50 - 40 percent in a March 12 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. He had a 52 - 38 percent disapproval June 11, 2008. Former Gov. James McGreevy also hit a 52 percent disapproval once.

In this latest survey, Democrats approve of Corzine 61 - 28 percent, but he gets negative scores of 83 - 13 percent from Republicans and 62 - 32 percent from independent voters.

Voters disapprove 58 - 32 percent of the way Corzine is handling the economy and 50 percent of voters say things in New Jersey are worse since he was elected Governor.

In his bid for a second term, Corzine trails Christie 45 - 38 percent, compared to Christie's 46 - 37 percent lead March 12. Today, Democrats back Corzine 73 - 12 percent, while Christie leads 90 - 3 percent among Republicans and 50 - 31 percent among independent voters.

Lonegan ties Corzine 41 - 41 percent, leading 81 - 7 percent among Republicans and 45 - 32 percent among independent voters, while Corzine leads 77 - 10 percent among Democrats.

"The economy is killing Gov. Jon Corzine's approval rating in New Jersey so much that he is vulnerable not only to a strong challenger such as Chris Christie but a lesser known Republican such as Mayor Steve Lonegan," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"It will be hard to win the election when a majority of voters think things have gotten worse in New Jersey since Gov. Corzine was elected and six out of 10 disapprove of his handling of the economy," Richards added. "But Corzine has a great potential equalizer in this campaign - the millions he will spend to get his message across."

In a possible primary, Christie tops Lonegan 46 - 37 percent among likely Republican voters, with 14 percent undecided.

"Christopher Christie's lead over Steve Lonegan in the Republican primary shrinks as we shift from registered voters to likely voters. These Republican loyalists are less impressed by a political newcomer than a party veteran," Richards said.

Corzine gets 70 percent of likely Democratic primary voters, with no other challenger topping 3 percent, and 21 percent undecided.

By a 50 - 39 percent margin, New Jersey voters have an unfavorable opinion of Corzine.

Christie gets a 31 - 11 percent favorability, but 56 percent don't know enough about him to form an opinion. For Lonegan, 72 percent don't know enough to form an opinion.

New Jersey voters say 55 - 33 percent that Corzine does not deserve to be reelected, compared to 53 - 34 percent March 12. Democrats want him back 59 - 25 percent, while Republicans say no 87 - 7 percent and independent voters turn thumbs down 63 - 27 percent, an increase from 57 - 28 percent March 12.

"By any measure, Corzine is losing the support of key independent voters. More importantly, he is not generating the level of love from fellow Democrats he needs to offset his big negatives among Republicans and independents," Richards said.

President Barack Obama gets a 67 - 24 percent approval in New Jersey, including 93 - 4 percent from Democrats and 65 - 24 percent from independent voters. Republicans disapprove 52 - 33 percent.

From April 14 - 20, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,222 New Jersey registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.1 percentage points. The survey includes 486 Republican likely voters, with a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points, and 460 Democratic likely voters, with a margin of error of +/- 4.6 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and nationally as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed: http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

1.(If registered Republican) If the Republican primary for governor were being held today, and the candidates were Christopher Christie, Steve Lonegan, Rick Merkt, David Brown and Brian Levine, for whom would you vote? (If undecided q1) As of today, do you lean more toward Christie, Lonegan, Merkt, Brown or Levine? This table includes "Leaners".
                     LIKELY REP PRIMARY VOTERS
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Christie             46%    46%    45%
Lonegan              37     40     33
Merkt                 2      2      1
Brown                 1      1      1
Levine                -      1      -
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      -      -
DK/NA                14     11     19
 
 
1. (If registered Republican) If the Republican primary for governor were being held today, and the candidates were Christopher Christie, Steve Lonegan, Rick Merkt, David Brown and Brian Levine, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Christie             39%    46%    33%
Lonegan              24     28     20
Merkt                 2      3      -
Brown                 1      1      1
Levine                1      1      1
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1
DK/NA                32     20     43
 
TREND: (If registered Republican) If the Republican primary for governor were being held today, and the candidates were Christopher Christie, Steve Lonegan, Rick Merkt, David Brown and Brian Levine, for whom would you vote? (*titles used for all candidates, **someone else & wouldn't vote volunteered options not in option list, na: not asked)
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS
                     Apr 22  Mar 12  Feb 4
                     2009    2009*   2009**
 
Christie             39%     40      44
Lonegan              24      19      17
Merkt                 2       1       2
Brown                 1      na      na
Levine                1       3       5
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       3       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       2       -
DK/NA                32      32      32
 
 
2. (If registered Democrat) If the Democratic primary for governor were being held today, and the candidates were Jon Corzine, Jeff Boss, Carl Bergmanson, and Roger Bacon, for whom would you vote? (If undecided q2) As of today, do you lean more toward Corzine, Boss, Bergmanson, or Bacon? This table includes "Leaners".
                     LIKELY DEM PRIMARY VOTERS
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Corzine              70%    64%    74%
Boss                  2      4      1
Bergmanson            2      4      1
Bacon                 3      6      2
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      -      -
DK/NA                21     21     21
 
 
3. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Jon Corzine the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Corzine              38%     3%    73%    31%    37%    40%    31%    70%
Christie             45     90     12     50     49     41     53     14
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      -      3      2      1      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2      1      2      2      2      2
DK/NA                14      5     13     16     11     16     13     14
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Corzine              60%    42%    27%    40%    23%
Christie             29     40     55     41     59
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      2      1      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      3      1      2
DK/NA                 9     14     13     17     12
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Jon Corzine the Democrat, and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Apr 22  Mar 12  Feb 4   Nov 19  Sep 17  Aug 12
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2008
 
Corzine              38%     37      38      42      42      40
Christie             45      46      44      36      40      41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       1       2       3       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2       1       1       1       2
DK/NA                14      15      16      18      16      17
 
 
4. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Jon Corzine the Democrat and Steve Lonegan the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Corzine              41%     7%    77%    32%    39%    43%    33%    71%
Lonegan              41     81     10     45     45     37     48      9
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      1      3      2      1      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      2      2      1      2      2
DK/NA                15      9     11     18     11     18     15     16
 
                                         Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Corzine              62%    45%    31%    42%    26%
Lonegan              26     36     51     37     56
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1      1      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      2      2      2      2
DK/NA                11     16     15     17     13
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Jon Corzine the Democrat and Steve Lonegan the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Apr 22  Mar 12  Feb 4
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Corzine              41%     41      42
Lonegan              41      37      36
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       3       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       3       1
DK/NA                15      16      18
 
 
5. Is your opinion of - Christopher Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            31%    56%    14%    35%    37%    27%    36%    13%
Unfavorable          11      4     16      9     12      9     10     16
Hvn't hrd enough     56     39     69     54     50     62     52     71
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      2      1      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable            27%    29%    38%    28%    38%
Unfavorable          10     12     14     10      7
Hvn't hrd enough     61     57     48     61     54
REFUSED               1      2      -      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Christopher Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Apr 22  Mar 12  Feb 4   Nov 19  Sep 17  Aug 12
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2008
 
Favorable            31%     31      31      22      25      21
Unfavorable          11       7       7       6       7       7
Hvn't hrd enough     56      61      61      70      67      69
REFUSED               1       2       1       2       2       2
 
 
6. Is your opinion of - Steve Lonegan favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            20%    35%     7%    21%    25%    15%    23%     5%
Unfavorable           7      4     11      6      8      6      7      5
Hvn't hrd enough     72     60     81     72     65     78     69     89
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable            17%    19%    24%    14%    24%
Unfavorable           5     10      8      4      5
Hvn't hrd enough     77     69     67     81     69
REFUSED               1      2      1      -      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Steve Lonegan favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Apr 22  Mar 12  Feb 4
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable            20%     15      15
Unfavorable           7       7       6
Hvn't hrd enough     72      77      78
REFUSED               1       1       1
 
 
7. Is your opinion of - Jon Corzine favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            39%    12%    67%    32%    38%    40%    33%    66%
Unfavorable          50     81     20     59     53     47     58     20
Hvn't hrd enough      7      5      8      6      6      8      6      8
REFUSED               4      2      4      3      2      5      3      6
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable            54%    44%    28%    42%    25%
Unfavorable          31     45     64     46     67
Hvn't hrd enough     10      8      5      7      5
REFUSED               5      3      3      4      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Jon Corzine favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Apr 22  Mar 12  Feb 4   Nov 19  Sep 17  Aug 12
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2008
 
Favorable            39%     38      41      42      42      39
Unfavorable          50      50      49      43      46      46
Hvn't hrd enough      7       9       7      11       9      10
REFUSED               4       4       3       4       3       5
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jon Corzine is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              37%    13%    61%    32%    38%    37%    33%    57%
Disapprove           54     83     28     62     58     52     60     30
DK/NA                 8      4     11      7      5     12      7     13
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              50%    42%    27%    39%    26%
Disapprove           38     50     65     51     68
DK/NA                12      8      8     10      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jon Corzine is handling his job as Governor?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 22  Mar 12  Feb 4   Nov 19  Sep 17  Apr 18  Apr 26
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2007    2006
 
Approve              37%     40      41      43      40      51      35
Disapprove           54      50      50      46      51      36      42
DK/NA                 8      10       8      11       9      13      23
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              29%    13%    49%    23%    28%    30%    26%    50%
Disapprove           57     74     35     64     64     51     61     37
DK/NA                14     13     16     13      9     19     13     13
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              44%    32%    21%    28%    21%
Disapprove           41     55     65     55     67
DK/NA                15     14     14     17     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                            APPROVE........
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 22  Mar 12  Feb 4   Nov 19  Sep 17  Jan 26  Jul 14
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2005    2006
 
Approve              29%     30      30      28      24      44      20
Disapprove           57      53      54      51      58      31      71
DK/NA                14      18      16      20      18      25      10
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Frank Lautenberg is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              47%    23%    68%    45%    43%    50%    43%    75%
Disapprove           38     60     16     41     46     31     43     10
DK/NA                15     16     16     13     11     19     13     15
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              61%    50%    40%    44%    41%
Disapprove           24     38     45     33     48
DK/NA                15     12     15     24     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Frank Lautenberg is handling his job as United States Senator? (*also 55% on 9/23/1999 & 7/22/1999)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 22  Mar 12  Feb 4   Nov 19  Jun 11  Jul 27  Feb 20
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2000*   2008
 
Approve              47%     47      45      50      46      55      39
Disapprove           38      37      38      36      35      22      31
DK/NA                15      17      16      14      18      23      29
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              41%    23%    62%    36%    39%    43%    39%    43%
Disapprove           32     51     14     35     40     26     35     25
DK/NA                26     26     24     29     21     31     26     32
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              56%    42%    36%    37%    37%
Disapprove           22     36     34     28     37
DK/NA                22     22     29     35     26
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 22  Mar 12  Feb 4   Nov 19  Sep 17  Feb 4   Feb 20
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2009    2008
 
Approve              41%     41      42      38      35      42      30
Disapprove           32      33      30      30      31      30      31
DK/NA                26      27      28      32      34      28      39
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              67%    33%    93%    65%    63%    70%    61%    97%
Disapprove           24     52      4     24     28     21     29      1
DK/NA                 9     15      3     11      9      9     10      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              81%    66%    58%    69%    62%
Disapprove           14     23     28     25     30
DK/NA                 6     10     14      5      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Apr 22  Mar 11  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              67%     61      65
Disapprove           24      28      16
DK/NA                 9      11      19
 
 
13. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New Jersey today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied        2%     1%     4%     1%     3%     2%     2%     3%
Smwht satisfied      33     17     55     25     31     35     29     51
Smwht dissatisfied   29     35     23     32     25     32     31     26
Very dissatisfied    35     47     16     41     40     30     37     17
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      1      1      3
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very satisfied        2%     3%     1%     3%     1%
Smwht satisfied      47     36     29     34     20
Smwht dissatisfied   25     29     30     29     31
Very dissatisfied    22     32     39     33     47
DK/NA                 4      -      2      -      1
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New Jersey today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? (*also 71% on 02/12/1999)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 22  Mar 11  Feb 4   Sep 17  Aug 12  Dec 26  Jun 16
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2000*   2006
 
Very satisfied        2%      2       2       3       2      10       3
Smwht satisfied      33      32      29      32      30      61      27
Smwht dissatisfied   29      30      36      36      35      21      37
Very dissatisfied    35      35      32      29      32       7      32
DK/NA                 1       1       1       -       1       1       1
 
 
14. Looking ahead to the 2009 election for Governor, do you feel that Jon Corzine deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Deserves         33%     7%    59%    27%    34%    32%    28%    54%
No/Does not          55     87     25     63     57     54     62     30
DK/NA                12      5     16     10      9     14     10     16
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes/Deserves         50%    38%    22%    34%    20%
No/Does not          35     51     68     53     70
DK/NA                14     11     11     13     10
 
TREND: Looking ahead to the 2009 election for Governor, do you feel that Jon Corzine deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                                                             DESERVES......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 22  Mar 12  Feb 4   Nov 19  Sep 17  Dec 11  Feb 20
                     2009    2009    2008    2008    2008    2007    2008
 
Yes                  33%     34      33      37      37      44      32
No                   55      53      54      51      50      43      51
DK/NA                12      13      13      12      13      13      17
 
 
15. Since Jon Corzine became Governor in January 2006, do you feel that things in New Jersey have gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Better                8%     2%    15%     6%     8%     8%     6%    13%
Worse                50     73     30     55     53     48     56     28
The same             37     23     51     36     35     40     34     57
DK/NA                 4      1      4      4      3      4      4      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Better               12%     9%     3%    10%     6%
Worse                36     49     61     44     62
The same             48     38     32     42     29
DK/NA                 3      5      3      4      3
 
TREND: Since Jon Corzine became Governor in January 2006, do you feel that things in New Jersey have gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed about the same? (*also 8% on March 12, 2009)
                                                             BETTER........
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 22  Mar 12  Feb 4   Nov 19  Sep 17  Feb 28  Apr 22
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2008    2007    2009
 
Better                8%      8       9      10      10      20       8
Worse                50      47      45      44      39      15      50
The same             37      42      43      43      47      62      37
DK/NA                 4       3       3       3       4       3       4
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jon Corzine is handling the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              32%    10%    53%    28%    33%    32%    29%    44%
Disapprove           58     83     36     64     59     58     62     39
DK/NA                 9      6     11      8      7     11      8     17
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              43%    35%    25%    36%    22%
Disapprove           43     54     69     55     74
DK/NA                14     11      7      9      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Better                9%     8%     9%     9%     8%     5%     8%     8%
Worse                42     54     49     46     52     54     50     51
The same             45     36     37     40     38     37     38     37
DK/NA                 4      3      4      5      2      4      4      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jon Corzine is handling the economy?
                     Apr 22  Mar 12  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              32%     31      33
Disapprove           58      56      56
DK/NA                 9      13      11
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              62%    29%    89%    58%    59%    64%    56%    92%
Disapprove           29     57      6     31     33     25     34      4
DK/NA                 9     13      5     11      8     10     11      3
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              75%    62%    54%    64%    57%
Disapprove           18     29     35     29     33
DK/NA                 7     10     12      7     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Approve              67%    64%    60%    67%    58%    61%    63%    60%
Disapprove           26     28     30     23     34     31     27     32
DK/NA                 7      8     11     11      8      9     10      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                     Apr 22  Mar 11  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              62%     57      59
Disapprove           29      32      21
DK/NA                 9      12      20
 
 
18. Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      -      1%
Good                  6      4      7      4      6      5      4      9
Not so good          45     40     50     44     47     43     43     54
Poor                 49     56     42     52     47     52     53     35
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Excellent             2%     -      -      -      -
Good                  8      6      4      5      5
Not so good          54     43     38     46     45
Poor                 37     50     58     48     50
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Excellent             -      -      1%     1%     -      -      -      -
Good                  3      5      7      6      5      4      7      4
Not so good          47     42     47     47     45     45     45     43
Poor                 50     53     45     46     50     51     47     53
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation's economy these days as: Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             EXCLNT+GOOD...
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 22  Mar 11  Feb 5   Feb 21  Sep 21  Aug 5  Mar 11
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2004    2004   2009
 
Excellent             -       -       1       1       2       2      -
Good                  6       2       2      15      38      40      2
Not so good          45      24      27      45      39      40     24
Poor                 49      74      70      38      20      17     74
DK/NA                 -       -       -       1       1       1      -
 
 
19. Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Better               27%    19%    39%    24%    33%    23%    26%    38%
Worse                29     37     20     27     26     31     30     16
The same             41     42     38     47     38     44     42     40
DK/NA                 2      2      3      2      2      2      2      5
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Better               30%    30%    23%    28%    25%
Worse                24     27     28     31     32
The same             43     40     46     39     41
DK/NA                 2      3      3      2      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Better               27%    27%    30%    26%    24%    31%    27%    29%
Worse                31     29     27     29     31     27     29     29
The same             40     43     39     40     43     40     42     40
DK/NA                 2      1      4      4      1      2      3      2
 
TREND: Do you think the nation's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Apr 22  Mar 11
                     2009    2009
 
Better               27%      5
Worse                29      67
The same             41      27
DK/NA                 2       1
 
 
20. Would you describe the state of New Jersey's economy these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      -      -      1%
Good                 10      4     16      6     10     10      8     14
Not so good          48     48     50     49     46     50     48     54
Poor                 40     46     31     44     43     37     43     28
DK/NA                 1      1      3      1      1      2      1      3
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Excellent             1%     -      -      -      1%
Good                 11     11      9     11      5
Not so good          55     47     43     52     46
Poor                 30     40     45     36     47
DK/NA                 3      1      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Excellent             -      -      1%     1%     -      -      -      -
Good                 13      8     11     11     10      8     10     10
Not so good          49     49     48     50     47     49     48     48
Poor                 39     43     37     37     42     43     40     41
DK/NA                 -      -      3      2      1      -      2      1
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of New Jersey's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                             EXCLNT+GOOD...
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 22  Mar 11  Feb 5   Jun 16  Apr 26  Oct 18  Feb 5
                     2009    2009    2009    2006    2006    2001    2009
 
Excellent             -       -       -       3       2       3       -
Good                 10       8       7      42      34      54       7
Not so good          48      43      43      38      39      37      43
Poor                 40      48      50      16      22       5      50
DK/NA                 1       1       -       2       3       2       -
 
 
21. Do you think New Jersey's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Better                8%     6%    12%     7%    11%     6%     7%    11%
Worse                42     52     30     47     43     42     45     32
The same             47     41     56     43     45     48     46     56
DK/NA                 3      2      3      2      1      4      2      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Better               11%     9%     4%     9%     7%
Worse                31     40     49     40     53
The same             53     48     45     51     39
DK/NA                 5      3      2      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Better               11%     7%     8%     8%     6%    10%     9%     7%
Worse                40     46     39     39     47     43     41     45
The same             46     45     50     50     45     47     47     46
DK/NA                 2      1      3      3      2      -      3      2
 
TREND: Would you say that New Jersey's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Apr 22  Mar 11  Jun 22
                     2009    2009    2004
 
Better                8%      3      21
Worse                42      61      18
Same                 47      35      58
DK/NA                 3       2       2
 
 
22. Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as - excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Excellent             6%     7%     5%     6%     7%     4%     5%     4%
Good                 45     51     44     44     48     42     49     30
Not so good          34     32     35     34     31     37     32     46
Poor                 14      8     15     15     12     15     12     21
DK/NA                 2      2      1      1      1      3      2      -
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Excellent             4%     6%     8%     5%     6%
Good                 41     48     48     42     42
Not so good          37     32     31     35     36
Poor                 17     12     12     16     14
DK/NA                 1      2      2      2      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  NoColl College
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Degree Degree
 
Excellent             7%     6%     6%     2%     6%    11%     4%     8%
Good                 49     50     40     29     47     62     38     56
Not so good          28     31     40     43     35     24     39     26
Poor                 16     13     12     26     12      2     16      9
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      -      1      2      2
 
TREND: Would you describe the state of your own personal finances these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                     Apr 22  Mar 11  Feb 4   Nov 20  Oct 8  Apr 12
                     2009    2009    2009    2008    2001   2001
 
Excellent             6%      5       4       6      10      8
Good                 45      39      42      49      66     64
Not so good          34      39      38      30      19     21
Poor                 14      15      15      13       4      6
DK/NA                 2       2       2       1       1      1
 
 
23. Do you think your personal finances are getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Better               12%    10%    11%    12%    14%    10%    10%    16%
Worse                30     31     26     34     25     34     31     29
The same             56     57     61     53     59     54     57     52
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      1      2      1      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Better               11%    12%     7%    13%    15%
Worse                27     29     33     29     33
The same             62     56     60     57     50
DK/NA                 1      3      1      1      2
 
TREND: Do you think your personal finances are getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                     Apr 22  Mar 11
                     2009    2009
 
Better               12%      6
Worse                30      43
The same             56      49
DK/NA                 2       2
 
 
24. Did you happen to know that Christopher Christie is the federal prosecutor responsible for putting more than a hundred New Jersey politicians out of office or in jail or weren't you aware of that?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/was aware        44%    54%    31%    50%    55%    34%    48%    33%
No/was not aware     55     46     68     49     45     65     51     65
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      1      1      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes/was aware        33%    45%    52%    36%    50%
No/was not aware     67     53     47     64     49
DK/NA                 -      2      -      -      1
 
TREND: Did you happen to know that Christopher Christie is the federal prosecutor responsible for putting more than a hundred New Jersey politicians out of office or in jail or weren't you aware of that?
                     Apr 22  Mar 12
                     2009    2009
 
Yes/Was aware        44%     44
No/Was not aware     55      56
DK/NA                 1       -
 
 
25. Does that make you more likely to vote for Christopher Christie for governor over Jon Corzine, less likely to vote for Christopher Christie over Jon Corzine, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More likely          38%    61%    18%    43%    42%    34%    43%    14%
Less likely           6      2     13      3      4      8      5     16
Doesn't make diff    49     33     61     46     50     48     46     60
DK/NA                 7      4      8      7      4     10      6     10
 
                                          Philly        Aware Q24
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No
 
More likely          25%    35%    39%    38%    50%    49%    29%
Less likely          10      6      6      7      4      6      7
Doesn't make diff    57     52     47     48     39     42     55
DK/NA                 8      7      8      7      7      3      9
 
TREND: Does that make you more likely to vote for Christopher Christie for governor over Jon Corzine, less likely to vote for Christopher Christie over Jon Corzine, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Apr 22  Mar 12
                     2009    2009
 
More likely          38%     42
Less likely           6       7
Doesn't make diff    49      45
DK/NA                 7       7
 
 
26. Do you think being a federal prosecutor has given Christopher Christie enough experience to be governor of New Jersey?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  46%    66%    30%    53%    49%    44%    50%    34%
No                   37     20     50     33     39     35     34     49
DK/NA                17     14     21     14     12     21     16     17
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  45%    44%    49%    44%    53%
No                   38     39     35     41     30
DK/NA                17     18     16     15     17
Agree                51%    54%    44%    50%    48%
Disagree             42     41     52     46     48
DK/NA                 7      5      4      4      4