September 1, 2009 - Corzine Losing Battle Of Attack Ads In New Jersey, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Democrat Trails Christie By 10 Points

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Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine is losing the battle of the attack ads in his campaign for reelection and now trails Republican challenger Christopher Christie 47 - 37 percent among likely voters, with 9 percent for independent candidate Christopher Daggett, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 46 - 40 percent Christie lead, with 7 percent for Daggett, in an August 11 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Corzine leads 74 - 15 percent among Democratic likely voters, with 7 percent for Daggett. Christie leads 86 - 8 percent among Republicans, with 4 percent for Daggett, and 46 - 30 percent among independent voters, with 16 percent for Daggett.

Of the 77 percent of New Jersey likely voters who have seen Corzine ads criticizing Christie for giving contracts to people with ties to former President George W. Bush, 56 percent say the ads are an unfair attack, while 36 percent say they are a legitimate campaign issue. Independent voters say 59 - 34 percent the ads are unfair. Among those who know of other charges, claims or attacks, voter verdicts are:
  • Split verdict 47 - 47 percent for Christie ads attacking Corzine for failing to guard against economic collapse;
  • Unfair 49 - 43 percent for Corzine attacks on Christie for giving a loan to a former associate in the U.S. Attorney's office;
  • Unfair 47 - 45 percent for criticism of Corzine's personal relationship with a former labor leader.
"Just about everyone has seen Gov. Jon Corzine's TV ads knocking Christopher Christie's ties to the Bush team, but most question whether it's a legitimate issue. 'Unfair,' they say," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The Democratic attacks about Christie's loan to his former co-worker score a little higher," Carroll added. "Christie gets a split on his ads criticizing Corzine for failing to protect New Jersey against the economic downturn.

"But New Jersey is hardened to in-your-face politics. Is the Corzine v Christie slugfest just regular campaign stuff or nasty even by New Jersey's rugged standards? Standard stuff, voters say 63 - 31 percent.

"Christie wins on many questions and he is pulling away from Corzine in a three-way matchup, with a double-digit lead. Daggett's candidacy is just chipping away at the edges as he fails to climb out of single digits."

New Jersey voters disapprove 60 - 34 percent of the job Corzine is doing, compared to his 58 - 36 percent disapproval August 11. By a 57 - 34 percent margin, they have an unfavorable opinion of the Governor, compared to a 41 - 30 percent favorable opinion of Christie. For Daggett, 87 percent don't know enough about him to form an opinion.

A total of 96 percent of New Jersey voters say government corruption is a "somewhat serious" or "very serious" problem and 50 percent associate Democrats more with corruption, while 16 percent point to Republicans, with 34 percent undecided. Independent voters blame Democrats more than Republicans 51 - 16 percent. Even 29 percent of Democrats blame their own party more, while 26 percent blame Republicans, with 45 percent undecided.

Voters also say 46 - 40 percent they would rather have the Republican Party in control of the State Legislature after the November election.

"Voters, by a narrow 38 - 36 percent margin, would sooner go to a Meadowlands football game with Christie. To see the 'New Jersey' Giants? Hey, look at the map; East Rutherford isn't in New York," Carroll said.

New Jersey voters approve 51 - 43 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing.

From August 25 - 30, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,612 New Jersey likely voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 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://ww.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

1. If the election for governor were being held today, and the candidates were Jon Corzine the Democrat, Christopher Christie the Republican, and Christopher Daggett the independent, for whom would you vote?(If undecided q1) As of today, do you lean more toward Corzine, Christie, or Daggett? This table includes "Leaners".
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Corzine              37%     8%    74%    30%    36%    39%
Christie             47     86     15     46     51     43
Daggett               9      4      7     16      9     10
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      -      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                 6      2      5      8      4      8
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Corzine              62%    38%    28%    40%    20%
Christie             28     43     57     43     65
Daggett               5     10     10     10     10
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                 5      8      5      6      5
 
TREND: If the election for governor were being held today, and the candidates were Jon Corzine the Democrat, Christopher Christie the Republican, and Christopher Daggett the independent, for whom would you vote? (If undecided) As of today, do you lean more toward Corzine, Christie, or Daggett? This table includes Leaners.
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........
                     Sep 1   Aug 11  Jul 14
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Corzine              37      40      38
Christie             47      46      47
Daggett               9       7       8
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       -       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -       -       -
DK/NA                 6       6       7
 
 
2. Is your opinion of - Christopher Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            41%    72%    15%    40%    47%    36%
Unfavorable          30     10     47     32     28     32
Hvn't hrd enough     27     16     36     26     22     31
REFUSED               2      1      3      2      3      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable            31%    38%    47%    35%    57%
Unfavorable          39     32     30     30     21
Hvn't hrd enough     30     28     21     34     19
REFUSED               -      3      2      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Christopher Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........
                     Sep 1   Aug 11  Jul 14
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable            41      42      39
Unfavorable          30      26      20
Hvn't hrd enough     27      30      40
REFUSED               2       3       1
 
 
3. Is your opinion of - Jon Corzine favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            34%     8%    63%    31%    34%    34%
Unfavorable          57     85     25     62     59     54
Hvn't hrd enough      6      4      8      4      3      8
REFUSED               3      3      4      2      3      3
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable            53%    39%    25%    34%    17%
Unfavorable          37     49     72     57     73
Hvn't hrd enough      7      8      2      6      4
REFUSED               3      4      2      3      5
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Jon Corzine favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........
                     Sep 1   Aug 11  Jul 14
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable            34      37      34
Unfavorable          57      54      58
Hvn't hrd enough      6       6       6
REFUSED               3       2       2
 
 
4. Is your opinion of - Christopher Daggett favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable             8%     6%     6%    11%     9%     7%
Unfavorable           4      3      6      3      5      4
Hvn't hrd enough     87     90     87     85     85     89
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      -
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable             5%     7%    14%     6%     7%
Unfavorable          10      3      3      5      2
Hvn't hrd enough     84     88     83     88     91
REFUSED               -      1      -      -      -
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Christopher Daggett favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........
                     Sep 1   Aug 11  Jul 14
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Favorable             8       4       5
Unfavorable           4       3       2
Hvn't hrd enough     87      92      92
REFUSED               1       1       1
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jon Corzine is handling his job as governor?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              34%    10%    65%    28%    35%    34%
Disapprove           60     87     29     65     62     58
DK/NA                 6      2      7      7      4      8
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              54%    38%    24%    35%    18%
Disapprove           38     54     72     62     77
DK/NA                 7      8      4      3      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jon Corzine is handling his job as governor?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........
                     Sep 1   Aug 11  Jul 14
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              34      36      33
Disapprove           60      58      60
DK/NA                 6       6       7
 
 
6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              25%     9%    45%    20%    22%    27%
Disapprove           64     82     42     69     71     59
DK/NA                11      9     13     10      7     15
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              38%    28%    18%    21%    16%
Disapprove           50     59     71     71     75
DK/NA                12     14     11      7      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........
                     Sep 1   Aug 11  Jul 14
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              25      23      27
Disapprove           64      63      59
DK/NA                11      15      13
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Frank Lautenberg is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              43%    19%    68%    41%    38%    48%
Disapprove           41     63     17     46     50     33
DK/NA                16     18     14     13     12     19
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              56%    45%    39%    45%    31%
Disapprove           28     40     47     41     50
DK/NA                16     15     14     14     19
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Frank Lautenberg is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........
                     Sep 1   Aug 11  Jul 14
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              43      45      43
Disapprove           41      38      40
DK/NA                16      17      17
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              40%    19%    61%    40%    34%    47%
Disapprove           37     55     17     41     48     28
DK/NA                22     26     22     19     18     26
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              57%    42%    31%    45%    28%
Disapprove           27     35     45     35     47
DK/NA                17     23     24     21     24
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........
                     Sep 1   Aug 11  Jul 14
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Approve              40      39      40
Disapprove           37      38      37
DK/NA                22      22      23
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              51%    16%    84%    49%    46%    56%
Disapprove           43     80     11     44     49     38
DK/NA                 6      5      4      7      5      7
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              68%    57%    35%    55%    38%
Disapprove           26     37     61     38     57
DK/NA                 6      6      4      7      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
                     LIKELY VOTERS
                     Sep 1   Jul 14
                     2009    2009
 
Approve              51      60
Disapprove           43      34
DK/NA                 6       6
 
 
10. 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?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very satisfied        2%     2%     4%     1%     2%     2%
Smwht satisfied      28     11     50     21     24     31
Smwht dissatisfied   32     33     30     36     33     31
Very dissatisfied    37     54     14     41     40     34
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      -      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very satisfied        2%     2%     2%     2%     2%
Smwht satisfied      43     33     19     22     20
Smwht dissatisfied   30     29     32     37     34
Very dissatisfied    22     34     47     39     45
DK/NA                 2      2      -      -      -
 
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?
                     LIKELY VOTERS
                     Sep 1   Aug 11
                     2009    2009
 
Very satisfied        2       4
Smwht satisfied      28      29
Smwht dissatisfied   32      30
Very dissatisfied    37      36
DK/NA                 1       1
 
 
11. Would you say that Jon Corzine has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  48%    30%    70%    46%    46%    51%
No                   47     65     24     52     51     43
DK/NA                 5      5      6      2      3      7
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  60%    54%    40%    48%    36%
No                   36     40     56     49     59
DK/NA                 4      6      4      3      5
 
 
12. Would you say that Jon Corzine is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  40%    19%    66%    36%    40%    40%
No                   51     72     25     56     52     49
DK/NA                10      9     10      8      8     11
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  58%    44%    34%    35%    24%
No                   33     44     61     54     65
DK/NA                 9     11      5     11     11
 
 
13. Would you say that Jon Corzine cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  41%    19%    68%    36%    43%    39%
No                   54     77     27     59     53     55
DK/NA                 6      4      5      5      5      6
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  60%    45%    30%    40%    27%
No                   33     48     67     55     69
DK/NA                 7      7      3      4      4
 
 
14. Would you say that Christopher Christie has strong leadership qualities or not?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  52%    74%    33%    53%    55%    49%
No                   25     11     36     26     23     27
DK/NA                23     15     31     21     21     24
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  43%    52%    58%    48%    59%
No                   27     25     25     29     19
DK/NA                30     23     17     23     23
 
 
15. Would you say that Christopher Christie is honest and trustworthy or not?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  44%    71%    26%    39%    49%    39%
No                   31     12     46     34     30     32
DK/NA                25     18     28     27     21     29
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  44%    43%    47%    37%    49%
No                   28     34     33     35     22
DK/NA                29     22     20     28     29
 
 
16. Would you say that Christopher Christie cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  47%    73%    28%    44%    50%    44%
No                   34     12     50     36     32     35
DK/NA                19     15     23     19     19     20
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  40%    46%    48%    44%    57%
No                   38     34     35     37     24
DK/NA                22     20     17     19     19
 
 
17. Regardless of how you intend to vote, which candidate for governor - Jon Corzine or Christopher Christie, do you think would do a better job handling the state budget?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Corzine              38%    10%    67%    34%    37%    38%
Christie             51     82     21     53     54     48
DK/NA                11      8     12     12      9     14
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Corzine              55%    41%    27%    41%    22%
Christie             34     46     61     49     68
DK/NA                10     13     12     11     10
 
TREND: Regardless of how you intend to vote, which candidate for governor - Jon Corzine or Christopher Christie do you think would do a better job handling the state budget?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........
                     Sep 1   Aug 11  Jul 14
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Corzine              38      41      36
Christie             51      47      50
DK/NA                11      12      14
 
 
18. Regardless of how you intend to vote, which candidate for governor - Jon Corzine or Christopher Christie, do you think would do you think would do a better job cleaning up corruption?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Corzine              29%     9%    55%    23%    24%    33%
Christie             55     82     28     60     62     49
DK/NA                16      9     16     18     13     18
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Corzine              41%    30%    21%    35%    18%
Christie             42     51     66     52     68
DK/NA                17     18     13     12     14
 
TREND: Regardless of how you intend to vote, which candidate for governor - Jon Corzine or Christopher Christie, do you think would do a better job cleaning up corruption?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........
                     Sep 1   Aug 11  Jul 14
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Corzine              29      31      30
Christie             55      54      54
DK/NA                16      16      17
 
 
19. Have you seen the Corzine television ads criticizing Christie for giving contracts to people with ties to former President George W. Bush?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  77%    76%    74%    81%    80%    75%
No                   22     23     25     18     19     24
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      -      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  74%    79%    78%    80%    75%
No                   25     20     22     19     25
DK/NA                 -      2      -      1      -
 
 
20. (If yes q19) Do you think this is a legitimate campaign issue or an unfair attack?
                     YES Q19...............................
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Legitimate           36%    19%    58%    34%    37%    36%
Unfair attack        56     75     34     59     57     56
DK/NA                 8      6      8      8      7      8
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Legitimate           45%    34%    34%    43%    27%
Unfair attack        46     57     58     52     66
DK/NA                 9      8      9      6      6
 
 
21. Have you seen the Christie television ads criticizing Corzine for failing to guard against the economic collapse?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  60%    56%    59%    64%    62%    58%
No                   39     42     40     35     36     42
DK/NA                 1      1      -      2      2      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  61%    61%    55%    70%    53%
No                   39     38     43     29     45
DK/NA                 1      1      2      1      2
 
 
22. (If yes q21) Do you think this is a legitimate campaign issue or an unfair attack?
                     YES Q21...............................
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Legitimate           47%    63%    32%    47%    47%    46%
Unfair attack        47     31     64     46     47     47
DK/NA                 6      6      3      7      5      7
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Legitimate           51%    43%    49%    43%    54%
Unfair attack        41     52     43     52     41
DK/NA                 8      5      8      5      6
 
 
23. Have you heard about Christie giving a loan to a former associate in the U.S. Attorney's office?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  66%    66%    62%    70%    71%    60%
No                   33     34     37     28     28     38
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  65%    65%    70%    59%    69%
No                   34     34     29     39     31
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      -
 
 
24. (If yes q23) Do you think this is a legitimate campaign issue or an unfair attack?
                     YES Q23...............................
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Legitimate           43%    25%    59%    44%    43%    43%
Unfair attack        49     68     33     46     52     44
DK/NA                 9      7      8      9      5     13
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Legitimate           54%    48%    39%    42%    29%
Unfair attack        37     47     52     43     62
DK/NA                 9      5      9     15      8
 
 
25. Have you heard about criticism of Corzine's personal relationship with a former labor leader?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  71%    71%    65%    77%    76%    65%
No                   28     27     34     22     23     34
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  69%    72%    73%    68%    68%
No                   30     26     26     31     32
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1
 
 
26. (If yes q25) Do you think this is a legitimate campaign issue or an unfair attack?
                     YES Q25...............................
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Legitimate           45%    55%    35%    46%    49%    41%
Unfair attack        47     39     57     47     46     49
DK/NA                 7      6      7      7      5     10
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Legitimate           38%    45%    49%    48%    46%
Unfair attack        58     49     43     44     43
DK/NA                 5      6      8      8     10
 
 
27. How would you characterize this campaign for governor - standard political back-and-forth or nasty even by New Jersey standards?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Standard             63%    66%    65%    60%    62%    64%
Nasty                31     28     27     35     32     29
DK/NA                 6      6      8      5      6      7
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Standard             67%    58%    67%    69%    60%
Nasty                28     34     30     26     32
DK/NA                 6      8      3      5      9
 
 
28. (If nasty q27) Who is most to blame - Corzine or Christie?
                     NASTY Q27.............................
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Corzine              38%    60%    19%    41%    40%    37%
Christie             18      3     36     15     18     18
DK/NA                44     36     45     45     42     46
 
 
29. Regardless of how you intend to vote, who would you rather go to the Meadowlands with to see a New Jersey Giants football game - Jon Corzine or Christopher Christie?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Corzine              36%    13%    59%    33%    34%    37%
Christie             38     68     15     37     42     34
DK/NA                26     19     26     30     24     29
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Corzine              49%    39%    28%    35%    25%
Christie             20     36     44     41     50
DK/NA                32     25     27     25     25
 
 
30. When you decide how to vote for governor, how important is it to you that the candidate have a likeable personality - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very important       23%    24%    30%    18%    22%    25%
Smwht important      43     44     41     42     39     47
Not too important    20     19     18     24     22     19
Not imptnt at all    12     12     10     15     16      9
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very important       33%    22%    21%    24%    19%
Smwht important      41     44     43     40     46
Not too important    18     23     20     17     20
Not important at all  7      8     16     18     14
DK/NA                 1      2      -      1      1
 
TREND: When you decide how to vote for governor, how important is it to you that the candidate has a likeable personality - very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........
                     Sep 1   Aug 11  Jul 14
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Very important       23      22      22
Smwht important      43      43      45
Not too important    20      22      19
Not imptnt at all    12      13      13
DK/NA                 1       -       1
 
 
31. Which party would you like to see control the New Jersey State Legislature after the elections in November - the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Democratic Party     40%     2%    85%    34%    36%    45%
Republican Party     46     94      9     45     53     40
DK/NA                13      4      7     21     11     16
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Democratic Party     65%    43%    26%    44%    24%
Republican Party     25     41     64     47     57
DK/NA                10     16     10      9     20
 
TREND: Which party would you like to see control the New Jersey State Legislature after the elections in November - the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........
                     Sep 1   Aug 11  Jul 14
                     2009    2009    2009
 
Democratic Party     40      43      45
Republican Party     46      45      43
DK/NA                13      12      11
 
 
32. How much of a problem, if at all, is government corruption in New Jersey today? Is it a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, a not too serious problem, or not a problem at all?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very serious         71%    78%    59%    75%    76%    67%
Smwht serious        25     19     35     23     19     30
Not too serious       2      2      4      1      2      2
No problem at all     -      1      -      -      1      -
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very serious         71%    71%    77%    65%    73%
Smwht serious        25     25     22     30     23
Not too serious       3      1      1      5      3
No problem at all     -      1      -      -      -
DK/NA                 1      2      -      1      1
 
TREND: How much of a problem, if at all, is government corruption in New Jersey today? Is it a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, a not too serious problem, or not a problem at all?
                     LIKELY VOTERS
                     Sep 1   Aug 11
                     2009    2009
 
Very serious         71      71
Smwht serious        25      22
Not too serious       2       3
No problem at all     -       2
DK/NA                 1       2
 
 
33. In general, which party do you associate more with political corruption in New Jersey - the Republican party or the Democratic party?
                     LIKELY VOTERS.........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Republican party     16%     4%    26%    16%    12%    19%
Democratic party     50     75     29     51     56     44
DK/NA                34     21     45     33     32     37
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Republican party     18%    15%    14%    22%    13%
Democratic party     41     48     60     48     52
DK/NA                41     38     26     30     34
 
TREND: In general, which party do you associate more with political corruption in New Jersey?
                     LIKELY VOTERS
                     Sep 1   Aug 11
                     2009    2009
 
Republican party     16      15
Democratic party     50      50
DK/NA                34      34