January 20, 2010 - Christie Should Get Tough With State Workers, New Jersey Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Voters Optimistic About Governor, Not Legislature

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New Jersey voters agree with Gov. Christopher Christie that his first priority should be curbing state spending, and voters support layoffs and wage freezes for state workers, creating jobs and ending corruption, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

A total of 71 percent of New Jersey voters are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied" with life in the Garden State; 80 percent say the state's budget problems are "very serious" and 17 percent call them "somewhat serious." But voters share the new Governor's optimism as 63 percent are optimistic about the next four years with Christie as Governor, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Given a list of choices, voters rank the priorities for the new Governor as:
  • 28 percent say curbing state spending is the top priority;
  • 13 percent say curb local spending and cut property taxes;
  • 25 percent say create jobs;
  • 20 percent say end corruption.
New Jersey voters support 58 - 35 percent, including 50 - 44 percent in union households, layoffs or furloughs for state workers.

Freeze wages for state workers, voters say 71 - 23 percent, including 62 - 38 percent among union households and 64 - 30 percent among Democrats.

"New Jerseyans to Gov. Christopher Christie: We'll hand you the axe, Governor, if you want to chop state spending. In a measure that's all but unanimous, we agree the state is in terrible financial shape. That amounts to a chopping license," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"We don't know a lot about Gov. Christie, but we're optimistic that he'll do a good job."

"Government workers are in the cross hairs. Most New Jerseyans, including union households, would okay layoffs. Almost three fourths would okay a wage freeze," Carroll said.

"New Jersey voters, 65 percent of them, expect Christie to get tough with state workers."

While they are optimistic about Christie, who does not yet have an approval rating, New Jersey voters disapprove 61 - 26 percent of the State Legislature, disapprove 41 - 38 percent of their local assembly member and split 44 - 44 percent on their local state senator.

Only 15 percent of voters say the State Legislature has the political courage to make unpopular budget decisions, while 77 percent expect business as usual.

New Jersey voters support 74 - 21 percent merging local governments and school districts as a way to cut property taxes. The idea wins support across the political spectrum and in every region of the state and among parents of public school students.

Cut services rather than raise taxes, voters say 62 - 25 percent. Start with economic development programs, 41 percent of voters say, followed by 30 percent for social service cuts, 10 percent to whack education and 6 percent to cut health care.

If taxes must be raised, 34 percent of voters say raise sales taxes, followed by 31 percent who prefer raising tolls, 13 percent for gas taxes and 10 percent for income taxes.

State aid to local governments and school districts should stay the same, 65 percent of voters say, and 18 percent say aid should be increased. Only 14 percent say aid should be cut.

Tax rebates should be kept the same, 46 percent say, with 31 percent who want an increase. Only 21 percent say cut the rebates.

"Voters take the Goldilocks approach to big spending categories such as state aid to local government and tax rebates - not too high, not too low, they're just about right," Carroll said.

"Voters are at least realistic. If the state makes cuts, it's bound to put a burden on local governments. Almost half of New Jerseyans - 44 percent - expect property taxes to go up."

From January 13 - 18, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,175 New Jersey voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 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, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jon Corzine handled his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              34%     9%    52%    34%    33%    34%    26%    62%
Disapprove           56     84     35     57     61     52     66     32
DK/NA                10      7     13      9      6     14      8      5
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Approve              34%    36%    39%    40%    25%    31%    25%
Disapprove           57     55     50     49     67     55     67
DK/NA                 9      9     11     11      8     14      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jon Corzine is handling his job as Governor?(*handled his job)
                                                     APPROVE....     DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jan 20  Nov 24  Jun 10  May 20  Apr 18  Nov 24  Nov 24
                     2010*   2009    2009    2009    2007    2009    2009
Approve              34      31      36      38      51      31      31
Disapprove           56      59      56      53      36      59      59
DK/NA                10      10       9       9      13      10      10
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              26%     9%    40%    24%    28%    24%    22%    41%
Disapprove           61     79     45     64     64     58     65     41
DK/NA                13     12     16     12      8     18     13     19
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Approve              26%    25%    40%    26%    18%    23%    23%
Disapprove           64     63     45     60     68     59     72
DK/NA                10     12     15     14     14     18      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jan 20  Nov 24  Jun 10  May 20  Jan 26  Jul 14  Jul 14
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2005    2006    2006
Approve              26      21      28      28      44      20      20
Disapprove           61      65      56      55      31      71      71
DK/NA                13      15      16      17      25      10      10
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling his or her job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              38%    28%    50%    34%    39%    38%    34%    56%
Disapprove           41     53     30     45     43     40     44     29
DK/NA                20     19     20     21     18     22     22     15
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Approve              41%    47%    50%    39%    42%    33%    29%
Disapprove           39     34     30     40     37     45     54
DK/NA                20     19     20     21     21     22     16
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling his or her job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Approve              44%    25%    60%    40%    43%    46%    38%    66%
Disapprove           44     63     28     48     48     40     49     27
DK/NA                12     12     12     12      9     14     13      7
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Approve              51%    46%    58%    45%    39%    43%    36%
Disapprove           41     43     37     43     48     46     47
DK/NA                 8     11      5     12     12     12     17
 
 
5. 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              46%    24%    69%    41%    46%    47%    41%    67%
Disapprove           42     64     21     47     47     37     48     20
DK/NA                12     12     11     12      7     16     11     13
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Approve              53%    47%    59%    50%    37%    43%    41%
Disapprove           34     41     29     39     52     41     50
DK/NA                13     12     13     11     11     16      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Frank Lautenberg is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High approve also 55% Sep 1999 & Jul 1999)
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jan 20  Nov 24  Jun 10  May 20  Jul 27  Feb 20  Jan 20
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2000*   2008    2010
Approve              46      40      44      46      55      39      46
Disapprove           42      41      36      37      22      31      42
DK/NA                12      20      19      18      23      29      12
 
 
6. 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%    13%    64%    40%    40%    43%    33%    65%
Disapprove           41     68     20     44     48     35     48     22
DK/NA                17     19     16     16     11     22     19     14
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Approve              45%    42%    64%    46%    23%    32%    38%
Disapprove           36     44     29     38     57     40     47
DK/NA                19     14      8     16     20     27     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jan 20  Nov 24  Jun 10  May 20  Feb 4   Feb 20  Jan 20
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2008    2010
Approve              41      36      40      41      42      30      41
Disapprove           41      37      31      32      30      31      41
DK/NA                17      27      28      27      28      39      17
 
 
7. 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              55%    16%    86%    53%    53%    57%    45%    89%
Disapprove           40     80     11     41     44     37     50      7
DK/NA                 5      5      3      5      3      6      5      3
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Approve              57%    56%    73%    58%    38%    58%    46%
Disapprove           39     40     26     36     59     34     52
DK/NA                 4      4      1      6      3      8      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jan 20  Nov 24  Aug 12  Jun 10  Jun 10  Nov 24  Nov 24
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009
Approve              55      51      56      68      68      51      51
Disapprove           40      42      39      25      25      42      42
DK/NA                 5       7       5       7       7       7       7
 
 
8. 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            33%    64%    13%    30%    35%    31%    41%    13%
Unfavorable          27      6     48     19     25     29     22     43
Hvn't hrd enough     38     28     36     47     38     38     35     38
REFUSED               3      1      3      4      3      3      2      6
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Favorable            30%    31%    26%    29%    49%    23%    44%
Unfavorable          35     25     33     31     19     29     17
Hvn't hrd enough     32     39     36     36     30     46     39
REFUSED               2      4      5      3      2      2      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Christopher Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him? (*High also 36% Jun 2009)
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 20  Nov 24  Jun 10  May 20  Apr 22  Nov 24  Aug 12
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009*   2008
Favorable            33      36      36      33      31      36      21
Unfavorable          27      25      16      11      11      25       7
Hvn't hrd enough     38      37      46      54      56      37      69
REFUSED               3       2       2       2       1       2       2
 
 
11. 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%     2%     2%     3%     1%     -      5%
Smwht satisfied      26      9     42     22     22     30     22     47
Smwht dissatisfied   33     32     31     36     32     34     34     33
Very dissatisfied    38     57     24     40     43     34     42     15
DK/NA                 1      2      1      -      1      2      2      -
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Very satisfied        1%     2%     3%     3%     -      -      1%
Smwht satisfied      22     22     42     30     18     18     20
Smwht dissatisfied   33     36     24     33     31     37     37
Very dissatisfied    43     40     32     33     48     43     41
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      2      1      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? (*High also 71% Feb 1999)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 20  Nov 24  Jul 15  Jun 10  May 20  Dec 26  Nov 24
                     2010    2009    2009    2009    2009    2000*   2009
Very satisfied        2       1       3       3       2      10       1
Smwht satisfied      26      24      30      29      33      61      24
Smwht dissatisfied   33      31      33      34      31      21      31
Very dissatisfied    38      42      33      33      32       7      42
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       2       1       1
 
 
12. Do you think Governor Corzine's 4 years as Governor were mainly a success or mainly a failure?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Success              32%     8%    50%    30%    27%    37%    26%    52%
Failure              59     89     37     61     64     54     67     36
DK/NA                10      3     13      9      9     10      8     13
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Success              34%    34%    40%    37%    22%    32%    22%
Failure              58     56     53     53     70     56     70
DK/NA                 8     10      7     10      9     12      8
 
 
13. Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic about the next four years with Chris Christie as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Optimistic           63%    83%    48%    65%    65%    61%    67%    54%
Pessimistic          30     11     46     28     30     31     26     43
DK/NA                 7      6      6      8      6      8      7      3
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Optimistic           58%    68%    61%    64%    73%    51%    65%
Pessimistic          36     26     37     32     22     35     25
DK/NA                 6      6      3      4      5     14      9
 
 
14. How serious do you think New Jersey's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Very serious         80%    92%    73%    81%    81%    80%    83%    64%
Smwht serious        17      7     21     18     18     16     16     26
Not too serious       2      -      5      1      2      2      1      7
Not at all serious    -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                 1      -      2      -      -      1      -      3
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Very serious         86%    81%    74%    77%    89%    85%    81%
Smwht serious        11     17     20     22      9     13     14
Not too serious       3      1      3      1      -      2      5
Not at all serious    -      1      -      -      1      -      -
DK/NA                 -      -      4      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: How serious do you think New Jersey's budget problems are - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious? (*High also 97% Nov 2009)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jan 20  Nov 24  Aug 12  Jun 11  Jun 16  Jan 20  Dec 11
                     2010    2009    2008    2008    2006    2010    2002
Very serious         80      83      67      66      58      80      35
Somewhat serious     17      14      28      29      34      17      51
Not too serious       2       1       2       2       4       2      10
Not at all serious    -       -       -       1       1       -       1
DK/NA                 1       2       3       2       3       1       3
 
 
15. Do you think the state legislature has the political courage to make unpopular budgetary decisions or do you think it will be business as usual in Trenton?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Has courage          15%    20%    12%    14%    14%    15%    15%    12%
Business as usual    77     68     82     77     79     75     76     83
DK/NA                 8     12      6      9      7     10      9      5
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Has courage          12%    15%    12%    16%    19%    12%    11%
Business as usual    78     77     85     77     70     76     79
DK/NA                 9      8      4      7     11     12     10
 
 
16. To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Raising taxes        25%     4%    42%    21%    24%    26%    19%    49%
Cutting services     62     84     45     65     66     59     70     38
DK/NA                13     12     14     14     10     15     11     13
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Raising taxes        27%    26%    33%    28%    18%    24%    17%
Cutting services     56     64     52     60     74     59     70
DK/NA                16     10     15     12      8     17     13
 
TREND: To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, would you prefer raising taxes or cutting government programs and services?
                     Jan 20  Nov 24  Mar 16  Jan 26  Apr 2   Dec 12
                     2010    2009    2006    2006    2003    2002
Raising taxes        25      23      29      28      32      28
Cutting services     62      68      58      57      54      61
DK/NA                13       9      13      16      14      12
 
 
17. If it is necessary to raise new revenues, which of the following would be your first choice to raise - tolls, gas taxes, income taxes or sales taxes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Tolls                31%    32%    29%    32%    28%    34%    34%    28%
Gas taxes            13     10     12     15     16     10     14     11
Income taxes         10      6     13     10     13      8     10     14
Sales taxes          34     36     36     30     33     34     31     41
DK/NA                12     15      9     13     11     13     12      6
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Tolls                33%    43%    23%    30%    37%    36%    29%
Gas taxes            10      9     16     13     15      7     12
Income taxes          9      7     14     10      8     12     10
Sales taxes          36     30     37     37     25     33     33
DK/NA                12     11     10     10     15     13     15
 
TREND: If it is necessary to raise new revenues, which of the following would be your first choice to raise - tolls, gas taxes, income taxes, or sales taxes?
                     Jan 20  Nov 24  Feb 20
                     2010    2009    2008
Tolls                31      30      23
Gas taxes            13      15      13
Income taxes         10      13      13
Sales taxes          34      28      31
DK/NA                12      14      20
 
 
18. To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, where do you think state spending should be decreased - health care, education, economic development or social services?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Health care           6%     6%     6%     5%     4%     7%     6%     1%
Education            10     12      4     16     13      8     12      2
Economic dev         41     33     50     38     37     45     42     48
Social services      30     41     26     27     35     25     29     31
DK/NA                13      8     14     14     11     14     11     18
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Health care           4%     5%     2%     6%     9%     4%     8%
Education            10      6     10     10      9      9     15
Economic             48     40     45     43     35     42     39
Social services      24     38     23     31     38     28     28
DK/NA                14     11     20     11      9     17     10
 
TREND: To balance the state budget, if you had to choose, where do you think state spending should be decreased - health care, education, economic development, or social services?
                     Jan 20  Nov 24
                     2010    2009
Health care           6       7
Education            10      11
Economic dev         41      41
Social services      30      30
DK/NA                13      11
 
 
19. To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose layoffs or furloughs for state employees?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Support              58%    67%    45%    63%    62%    54%    65%    39%
Oppose               35     27     49     28     32     37     28     50
DK/NA                 7      6      6     10      6      8      7     11
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Support              50%    61%    46%    54%    71%    57%    66%
Oppose               44     31     47     38     25     35     27
DK/NA                 6      8      7      8      4      8      8
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - layoffs or furloughs for state employees?
                     Jan 20  Nov 24
                     2010    2009
Support              58      61
Oppose               35      33
DK/NA                 7       6
 
 
20. To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose a wage freeze for state workers?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Support              71%    77%    64%    74%    76%    67%    76%    58%
Oppose               23     16     30     20     19     27     20     31
DK/NA                 6      7      5      6      5      6      4     11
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Support              62%    68%    55%    72%    77%    75%    74%
Oppose               38     27     30     24     18     23     20
DK/NA                 -      5     15      4      5      2      6
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose a wage freeze for state workers?
                     Jan 20  Nov 24
                     2010    2009
Support              71      75
Oppose               23      21
DK/NA                 6       4
 
 
21. Do you think state aid to local governments and school districts should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Increased            18%    16%    28%    12%    17%    19%    15%    28%
Decreased            14     24      8     13     16     12     16     10
Kept the same        65     57     63     72     64     66     67     60
DK/NA                 3      3      2      3      2      3      3      2
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Increased            23%    21%    31%    18%    18%    18%     9%
Decreased            13     11      8     14     14     14     20
Kept the same        62     66     58     66     66     64     68
DK/NA                 2      3      3      2      2      4      3
 
TREND: Do you think state aid to local governments and school districts should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?
                     Jan 20  Nov 24
                     2010    2009
Increased            18      20
Decreased            14      16
Kept the same        65      60
DK/NA                 3       4
 
 
22. Do you think state aid to your local government and your school district should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Increased            21%    18%    28%    15%    20%    21%    17%    24%
Decreased            14     21      8     15     15     13     16      9
Kept the same        64     60     63     67     64     64     64     67
DK/NA                 2      2      1      3      2      2      3      -
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Increased            24%    25%    36%    21%    20%    20%     9%
Decreased            11     10      6     15     14     14     19
Kept the same        61     63     57     63     66     64     68
DK/NA                 3      2      1      1      -      2      5
 
TREND: Do you think state aid to your local government and your school district should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?
                     Jan 20  Nov 24
                     2010    2009
Increased            21      21
Decreased            14      15
Kept the same        64      62
DK/NA                 2       2
 
 
23. Do you think state aid to urban local governments and urban school districts should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Increased            27%    12%    40%    23%    25%    28%    19%    49%
Decreased            20     36      9     21     23     17     24     10
Kept the same        51     51     49     53     50     52     55     41
DK/NA                 2      2      2      3      2      3      3      -
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Increased            26%    22%    42%    30%    19%    29%    10%
Decreased            17     23      9     18     25     20     30
Kept the same        54     53     48     49     55     47     57
DK/NA                 2      3      1      2      1      3      4
 
TREND: Do you think state aid to urban local governments and urban school districts should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?
                     Jan 20  Nov 24
                     2010    2009
Increased            27      24
Decreased            20      21
Kept the same        51      51
DK/NA                 2       4
 
 
24. Do you think tax rebates should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Increased            31%    38%    29%    27%    27%    33%    28%    29%
Decreased            21     17     20     24     25     17     24     10
Kept the same        46     41     50     45     44     47     44     61
DK/NA                 3      4      1      4      4      2      4      -
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Increased            31%    31%    27%    36%    28%    26%    29%
Decreased            23     18     18     19     26     18     24
Kept the same        41     47     53     42     41     55     42
DK/NA                 5      3      2      3      4      1      5
 
TREND: Do you think tax rebates should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?
                     Jan 20  Nov 24
                     2010    2009
Increased            31      29
Decreased            21      21
Kept the same        46      45
DK/NA                 3       5
 
 
25. To help finance road improvements and mass transportation, would you support or oppose an increase in the gasoline tax?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Support              39%    30%    44%    39%    47%    31%    40%    45%
Oppose               59     69     54     58     52     66     58     55
DK/NA                 2      1      2      3      1      4      2      -
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Support              43%    32%    47%    37%    40%    32%    40%
Oppose               55     67     52     61     59     63     59
DK/NA                 2      1      1      2      2      5      1
 
TREND: To help finance road improvements and mass transportation, would you support or oppose an increase in the gasoline tax? (*Jan 2005 question did not include "and mass transportation")
                     Jan 20  Nov 24  Dec 11  Mar 16  Jan 26  Jan 27
                     2010    2009    2007    2006    2006    2005
Support              39      37      24      31      27      39
Oppose               59      62      74      67      69      57
DK/NA                 2       2       2       3       3       4
 
 
26. With Christopher Christie as Governor, do you think your property taxes will go up, go down or stay about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Go up                44%    24%    55%    47%    39%    49%    39%    61%
Go down               9     15      7      7      9      9      9      5
Stay the same        40     54     32     39     45     36     45     27
DK/NA                 6      6      6      7      7      6      7      7
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Go up                53%    47%    46%    47%    37%    51%    36%
Go down               6      8     13     10      7      7      7
Stay the same        37     42     31     37     50     37     49
DK/NA                 4      4      9      6      6      6      7
 
 
27. One recommendation to raise the money needed to fund a cut in property taxes is to merge neighboring municipal governments and school districts. Would you support or oppose merging school districts or governments in the county in which you live if it meant lowering your property taxes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Support              74%    69%    75%    78%    74%    73%    76%    70%
Oppose               21     22     23     17     21     22     19     27
DK/NA                 5      9      2      4      5      4      6      3
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Support              73%    67%    71%    68%    79%    80%    77%
Oppose               21     29     26     28     15     15     15
DK/NA                 6      5      3      4      6      5      8
 
TREND: One recommendation to raise the money needed to fund a cut in property taxes is to merge neighboring municipal governments and school districts. Would you support or oppose merging school districts or governments in the county in which you live if it meant lowering your property taxes?
                     Jan 20  Nov 24  Dec 6
                     2010    2009    2006
Support              74      73      61
Oppose               21      22      31
DK/NA                 5       5       8
 
 
34. Do you think Governor Christie will or will not end corruption?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Will                 34%    58%    23%    31%    34%    35%    39%    20%
Will not             61     38     71     65     62     59     56     73
DK/NA                 5      3      6      5      4      6      4      7
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Will                 32%    35%    34%    32%    44%    28%    39%
Will not             64     60     61     63     53     68     55
DK/NA                 4      5      5      5      3      5      6
 
 
35. Do you think Governor Christie will or will not seek to impose limits on local spending to cut property taxes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Will                 62%    78%    54%    57%    61%    62%    66%    52%
Will not             30     16     37     33     30     30     25     42
DK/NA                 8      6      9     10      9      8      8      6
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Will                 58%    58%    58%    61%    74%    56%    62%
Will not             32     33     35     31     21     35     28
DK/NA                11      9      8      8      5      9     10
 
 
36. Do you think Governor Christie will or will not curb state spending?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Will                 63%    82%    50%    62%    68%    58%    69%    42%
Will not             33     15     46     32     29     37     28     54
DK/NA                 4      3      4      6      3      5      4      4
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Will                 57%    68%    55%    61%    79%    55%    66%
Will not             35     28     40     36     19     38     29
DK/NA                 7      4      5      3      2      7      5
 
 
37. Do you think Governor Christie will or will not create jobs through economic development projects?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Will                 48%    62%    36%    46%    50%    46%    50%    38%
Will not             42     28     55     40     42     42     39     55
DK/NA                10     10      8     14      9     12     11      7
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Will                 39%    48%    49%    46%    55%    43%    48%
Will not             52     43     39     44     34     49     40
DK/NA                 9      9     12     10     11      7     13
 
 
38. Do you think Governor Christie will or will not get tough with state workers' unions?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Will                 65%    76%    60%    65%    67%    64%    69%    54%
Will not             26     16     31     25     26     26     23     36
DK/NA                 9      8      9     11      7     11      8      9
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Will                 76%    68%    66%    62%    78%    64%    61%
Will not             18     24     22     28     18     26     31
DK/NA                 7      8     12     10      4     10      8
 
 
39. Which of the following do you think should be Governor Christie's top priority - A) Curb state spending, B) Get tough with the teachers' unions, C) End corruption, D) Seek to impose curbs on local spending to cut property taxes, E) Create jobs through economic development projects, F) Get tough with state workers' unions?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Curb state spending  28%    36%    24%    27%    28%    29%    30%    29%
Get tough w/
 teachers' unions     3      4      2      5      4      3      4      2
End corruption       20     25     17     20     21     19     21     13
Curb local spending  13     15     13     13     11     14     12     12
Create jobs          25     11     35     24     23     26     22     38
Get tough w/state
 workers' unions      6      5      4      7      7      4      7      3
OTHER(VOL)SPECIFY     3      3      3      2      3      3      3      1
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      2      2      1      2
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Curb state spending  22%    27%    21%    28%    34%    28%    30%
Get tough w/
 teachers' unions     4      3      1      2      5      4      6
End corruption       29     20     25     20     22     19     17
Curb local spending  15     15     16     15     10     11     10
Create jobs          24     27     26     25     20     29     22
Get tough w/state
 workers' unions      3      6      6      5      6      4      8
OTHER(VOL)SPECIFY     3      1      1      3      3      3      4
DK/NA                 1      2      3      2      -      2      2