June 17, 2010 - New Jersey Voters Split On Christie As Leader Or Bully, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Oppose Many Budget-Cutting Ideas

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New Jersey voters give Gov. Christopher Christie a split 44 - 43 percent job approval rating and 44 percent describe him as a "leader," while 43 percent call him a "bully," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters also say 52 - 38 he is "confrontational," rather than "honest and refreshing."

A total of 75 percent of New Jersey voters are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied" with life in the Garden State, the worst satisfaction rating ever in New Jersey, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Gov. Christie's split approval rating is higher than for any other elected leader in the state except President Barack Obama, who gets a 50 - 46 percent approval rating. Voters disapprove of other leaders:
  • 62 - 19 percent of the way the State Legislature is handling its job;
  • 43 - 32 percent of the job their local state assembly member is doing;
  • 44 - 40 percent of the job their local state senator is doing;
  • 47 - 40 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is doing, his worst score ever;
  • 43 - 38 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is doing, his highest disapproval ever.
"Like him or not, it's clear Gov. Christopher Christie has brought a New Jersey bounce to the Governor's office. A leader (hurrah) or a bully (boo, hiss)? We're divided about the Gov. Men sort of like his feisty attitude; women sort of don't," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Republicans like Christie a lot, Democrats dislike him a lot and the result is a job- approval split. More voters find Christie confrontational than honest and refreshing. Is that good or bad? New Jersey is a confrontational place."

New Jersey voters oppose many of Christie's ideas for balancing the state budget:
  • 53 - 41 percent against layoffs for 1,300 state workers;
  • 76 - 16 percent against closing state psychiatric institutions;
  • 61 - 35 percent against an $820 million cut in aid to public schools;
  • 55 - 39 percent against cutting state aid to towns and cities.
Voters do support 53 - 43 percent suspending until May 2011 a property tax rebate, but voters say 61 - 33 percent that Christie should have signed a bill to increase taxes on millionaires.

Christie's proposed constitutional amendment to limit property tax hikes to 2.5 percent wins 67 - 25 percent support from voters. His proposal to limit salary increase for public employees such as police and teachers to 2.5 percent is a "good idea," voters say 60 - 33 percent.

"Almost none of the deficit-cutting things that have been talked about - except the millionaire's tax that Christie vetoed - win much support," Carroll said.

Attitudes on Teachers, State Supreme Court

New Jersey voters like their teachers 56 - 26 percent, but by a 50 - 24 percent margin they have a negative opinion of the teachers' union. Voters with children in public school like their teachers 65 - 23 percent, but dislike the teachers' union 53 - 22 percent. While 45 percent trust the union more to make the right decisions about teacher contracts, 43 percent trust Christie more.

Teachers' unions are doing the wrong thing in refusing to freeze wages or make other concessions, voters say 64 - 29 percent. Voters oppose 65 - 31 percent property tax increases to avoid cutting teachers and school programs in their district.

"Voters like their kids' teachers but they sure don't like the teachers' union. Voters with kids in school like their teachers more and like the union even less," Carroll said.

Christie's intention to change the "historically liberal" State Supreme Court is a bad idea, voters say 47 - 41 percent. Voters disagree 36 - 29 percent with his decision not to reappoint Justice John E. Wallace to the court, with 35 percent undecided. Voters also say 41 - 31 percent that Christie's refusal to reappoint Wallace is interfering with the judiciary rather than restoring balance.

From June 10 - 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,461 New Jersey voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 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, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.
1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              44%    75%    18%    50%    53%    36%    54%    15%
Disapprove           43     14     67     40     36     50     35     77
DK/NA                12     11     14     11     11     13     11      8
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              41%    42%    27%    43%    57%    36%    56%
Disapprove           52     50     68     45     32     49     29
DK/NA                 7      7      6     13     11     15     15
 
 
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              19%    21%    21%    16%    20%    18%    20%    15%
Disapprove           62     61     59     64     63     61     58     74
DK/NA                19     18     20     20     17     21     22     11
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              22%    22%    14%    15%    24%    26%    18%
Disapprove           66     64     69     63     56     58     64
DK/NA                13     14     18     22     20     17     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 17  Jan 20  Nov 24  Jun 10  Jan 26  Jun 17  Jul 14
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2005    2010    2006
 
Approve              19      26      21      28      44      19      20
Disapprove           62      61      65      56      31      62      71
DK/NA                19      13      15      16      25      19      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              32%    36%    37%    28%    32%    33%    34%    41%
Disapprove           43     39     39     47     43     43     38     48
DK/NA                25     25     24     24     25     24     28     11
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              30%    36%    26%    32%    34%    40%    30%
Disapprove           49     44     52     44     34     40     45
DK/NA                21     20     22     25     32     20     25
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling his or her job?
                     Jun 17  Jan 20
                     2010    2010
 
Approve              32      38
Disapprove           43      41
DK/NA                25      20
 
 
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              40%    34%    46%    38%    37%    42%    41%    42%
Disapprove           44     50     38     45     49     40     41     44
DK/NA                16     16     16     17     14     18     18     14
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              40%    36%    48%    39%    41%    41%    34%
Disapprove           47     52     34     47     36     44     52
DK/NA                14     12     18     14     23     15     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling his or her job?
                     Jun 17  Jan 20
                     2010    2010
 
Approve              40      44
Disapprove           44      44
DK/NA                16      12
 
 
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              40%    22%    57%    39%    37%    43%    39%    45%
Disapprove           47     68     29     49     51     44     48     48
DK/NA                13     10     13     12     12     13     12      8
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              45%    45%    56%    36%    38%    46%    33%
Disapprove           43     45     34     52     51     39     52
DK/NA                12     10     10     12     12     15     15
 
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
                     Jun 17  Jan 20  Nov 24  Jun 10  Jul 27  Feb 20  Jun 17
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2000*   2008    2010
 
Approve              40      46      40      44      55      39      40
Disapprove           47      42      41      36      22      31      47
DK/NA                13      12      20      19      23      29      13
 
 
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              38%    19%    56%    33%    36%    41%    34%    53%
Disapprove           43     62     24     50     48     39     46     35
DK/NA                18     19     20     16     17     20     20     12
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              46%    38%    55%    36%    34%    43%    29%
Disapprove           38     45     32     46     45     36     51
DK/NA                16     18     13     17     21     22     20
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 17  Jan 20  Nov 24  Jun 10  Feb 4   Feb 20  Jun 17
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2008    2010
 
Approve              38      41      36      40      42      30      38
Disapprove           43      41      37      31      30      31      43
DK/NA                18      17      27      28      28      39      18
 
 
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              50%    12%    79%    45%    44%    54%    41%    80%
Disapprove           46     85     15     52     51     41     56     14
DK/NA                 4      3      6      3      5      4      4      6
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              53%    53%    76%    46%    37%    59%    40%
Disapprove           43     43     23     49     60     34     56
DK/NA                 3      4      1      5      3      7      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Jun 17  Jan 20  Nov 24  Aug 12  Jun 10  Jun 17  Jun 17
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2010    2010
 
Approve              50      55      51      56      68      50      50
Disapprove           46      40      42      39      25      46      46
DK/NA                 4       5       7       5       7       4       4
 
 
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            42%    75%    17%    44%    50%    33%    51%    15%
Unfavorable          40     12     62     37     33     47     34     62
Hvn't hrd enough     17     11     20     17     16     18     13     22
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      2      2      0
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable            37%    39%    25%    40%    53%    36%    52%
Unfavorable          52     47     64     38     33     46     30
Hvn't hrd enough     10     13     11     21     12     18     17
REFUSED               -      1      1      2      2      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of - Christopher Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 17  Jan 20  Nov 24  Jun 10  May 20  Jun 17  Aug 12
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2010    2008
 
Favorable            42      33      36      36      33      42      21
Unfavorable          40      27      25      16      11      40       7
Hvn't hrd enough     17      38      37      46      54      17      69
REFUSED               1       3       2       2       2       1       2
 
 
9. 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%     2%     1%     2%     2%     2%     2%     2%
Smwht satisfied      22     31     21     19     23     21     24     22
Smwht dissatisfied   36     34     36     38     38     35     37     32
Very dissatisfied    39     31     42     41     37     41     36     44
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      1      1      1      -
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very satisfied        2%     -      2%     2%     3%     1%     -
Smwht satisfied      15     19     19     21     22     26     23
Smwht dissatisfied   30     31     32     38     41     34     34
Very dissatisfied    53     49     46     38     33     39     41
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      1      1      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? (*High also 71% Feb 1999)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 17  Jan 20  Nov 24  Jul 15  Jun 10  Dec 26  Jun 17
                     2010    2010    2009    2009    2009    2000*   2010
 
Very satisfied        2       2       1       3       3      10       2
Smwht satisfied      22      26      24      30      29      61      22
Smwht dissatisfied   36      33      31      33      34      21      36
Very dissatisfied    39      38      42      33      33       7      39
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
10. Would you describe Governor Christie as being more of a bully or more of a leader?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Bully                43%    14%    65%    42%    38%    49%    36%    73%
Leader               44     77     20     46     49     39     51     17
DK/NA                13      9     15     12     14     12     13     10
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Bully                56%    49%    58%    43%    31%    58%    33%
Leader               34     40     26     45     57     31     54
DK/NA                10     11     15     12     12     11     14
 
 
11. Would you describe Governor Christie as being confrontational or honest and refreshing?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Confrontational      52%    24%    76%    49%    48%    56%    46%    82%
Honest/refreshing    38     67     17     38     42     34     44      9
DK/NA                10      9      7     13     10     10     10      8
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Confrontational      60%    58%    71%    53%    44%    61%    39%
Honest/refreshing    33     37     24     37     48     29     46
DK/NA                 7      5      5     10      8     10     14
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              45%    77%    20%    48%    56%    34%    55%    13%
Disapprove           49     20     73     45     38     59     39     85
DK/NA                 6      4      6      6      6      7      7      2
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              37%    42%    28%    44%    56%    40%    53%
Disapprove           61     55     71     50     40     55     35
DK/NA                 2      3      1      7      5      5     11
 
 
13. (INTRO Q13-17, order rotated) Please tell me whether you support or oppose each of the following proposals made by Governor Christie to balance the state budget. Do you support or oppose - layoffs of 1,300 state workers?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              41%    64%    19%    46%    51%    31%    50%     5%
Oppose               53     29     76     47     42     63     44     92
DK/NA                 6      7      5      7      6      6      7      3
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Support              30%    40%    22%    37%    57%    38%    49%
Oppose               68     56     68     57     38     57     46
DK/NA                 2      4     10      7      6      5      4
 
 
14. (See INTRO at Q13) Do you support or oppose - closings of state psychiatric institutions?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              16%    28%     9%    15%    21%    12%    18%     8%
Oppose               76     64     87     75     72     80     74     84
DK/NA                 8      8      5     10      7      8      8      8
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Support              18%    18%     6%    17%    21%    15%    21%
Oppose               78     75     85     75     74     81     70
DK/NA                 3      8     10      8      6      4      9
 
 
15. (See INTRO at Q13) Do you support or oppose - an $820 million cut in aid to public schools?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              35%    66%    11%    37%    45%    25%    42%     4%
Oppose               61     29     87     59     51     71     54     94
DK/NA                 4      5      1      4      4      4      3      2
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Support              26%    25%    19%    34%    41%    32%    45%
Oppose               71     73     80     62     55     66     48
DK/NA                 3      1      1      4      4      2      7
 
 
16. (See INTRO at Q13) Do you support or oppose - nearly a half-billion dollars less in aid to towns and cities?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              39%    61%    19%    44%    49%    31%    48%     9%
Oppose               55     34     78     50     46     63     47     90
DK/NA                 5      5      3      6      5      6      5      1
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Support              38%    39%    32%    37%    50%    34%    46%
Oppose               61     59     64     58     45     62     46
DK/NA                 2      2      4      5      5      4      8
 
 
17. (See INTRO at Q13) Do you support or oppose - suspending until May 2011 a property-tax rebate program?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              53%    70%    42%    53%    58%    48%    60%    23%
Oppose               43     28     55     42     40     47     35     76
DK/NA                 4      2      3      5      3      5      4      1
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Support              52%    50%    45%    51%    65%    48%    56%
Oppose               46     48     51     45     31     48     42
DK/NA                 2      3      4      4      4      4      2
 
 
18. Is your opinion of New Jersey's public school teachers favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about them?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            56%    46%    67%    53%    51%    60%    57%    59%
Unfavorable          26     37     16     29     30     23     27     20
Hvn't hrd enough     16     15     16     16     18     14     14     20
REFUSED               2      2      1      2      2      2      2      1
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable            67%    65%    61%    58%    50%    58%    50%
Unfavorable          23     23     15     26     29     21     36
Hvn't hrd enough      9     11     22     14     19     19     12
REFUSED               2      1      2      2      2      1      2
 
 
19. Is your opinion of the state's largest teachers union, the New Jersey Education Association, favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            24%    12%    41%    16%    22%    26%    21%    35%
Unfavorable          50     72     24     61     59     42     59     17
Hvn't hrd enough     25     15     34     22     19     31     18     47
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      -      1      1      -
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable            38%    22%    33%    26%    20%    25%    18%
Unfavorable          43     53     32     49     64     44     59
Hvn't hrd enough     19     25     36     24     16     30     22
REFUSED               1      1      -      1      1      1      1
 
 
20. Who do you trust more to make the right decisions about teacher's contracts - Governor Christie or the teachers' union?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Gov Christie         43%    72%    16%    50%    51%    35%    52%    10%
Teachers' union      45     20     73     35     37     52     35     81
DK/NA                13      8     12     15     12     13     14      8
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Gov Christie         32%    40%    24%    42%    57%    33%    53%
Teachers' union      57     44     58     45     32     55     35
DK/NA                10     16     18     12     12     11     12
 
 
21. As you may know the teachers' unions are not agreeing to wage freezes or concessions. Do you think the teacher's unions are doing the right thing or the wrong thing?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Right thing          29%    10%    48%    21%    24%    33%    19%    61%
Wrong thing          64     88     41     72     69     59     74     31
DK/NA                 7      2     11      7      6      8      7      8
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Right thing          39%    30%    41%    28%    18%    41%    21%
Wrong thing          56     61     49     64     77     53     72
DK/NA                 5      9     10      8      5      7      7
 
 
22. Would you support or oppose a property tax increase to avoid cutting teachers and school programs in your district?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              31%    19%    44%    29%    29%    34%    27%    36%
Oppose               65     80     53     67     68     63     69     61
DK/NA                 3      2      3      4      3      3      3      2
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Support              40%    32%    39%    28%    38%    35%    25%
Oppose               57     65     59     68     59     61     75
DK/NA                 3      2      2      5      3      4      -
 
 
23. As you may know, Governor Christie vetoed a bill that would have increased taxes on New Jerseyans who earn more than a million dollars a year. Do you agree with Governor Christie's veto or do you think he should have signed the bill?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Veto                 33%    62%    14%    34%    40%    27%    38%    11%
Signed               61     34     80     61     55     67     57     78
DK/NA                 5      4      6      5      5      6      4     12
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Veto                 27%    33%    24%    32%    46%    29%    36%
Signed               72     62     71     63     51     63     57
DK/NA                 1      5      5      5      3      8      6
 
 
24. As you may know, Governor Christie has proposed a constitutional amendment that would limit annual property tax hikes to 2 point 5 percent, except when local voters decide to override it. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            67%    82%    50%    73%    72%    62%    73%    41%
Bad idea             25     13     40     18     22     27     19     50
DK/NA                 9      5     10      9      5     12      8      9
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Good idea            62%    63%    62%    67%    74%    56%    73%
Bad idea             31     29     32     24     21     30     19
DK/NA                 7      7      6      9      5     14      9
 
 
25. As you may know, Governor Christie has proposed that salaries for public workers like police, firefighters and teachers could not increase by more than 2 point 5 percent a year. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            60%    77%    41%    70%    67%    54%    68%    29%
Bad idea             33     20     51     26     27     39     27     62
DK/NA                 6      3      8      4      6      7      5      9
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Good idea            56%    49%    46%    59%    73%    54%    67%
Bad idea             39     44     48     35     24     40     23
DK/NA                 5      7      6      6      2      6     10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26. Who do you blame the most for New Jersey's high property taxes - the governor, the state legislature, local officials, or the voters?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Governor             17%    10%    27%    14%    12%    23%    12%    38%
State Leg            34     43     25     37     37     32     38     22
Local officials      17     18     15     19     19     16     19      8
Voters               17     18     21     14     20     15     16     25
DK/NA                14     11     13     16     13     15     16      7
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Governor             17%    22%    26%    15%    13%    23%    14%
State Leg            39     32     27     34     40     32     36
Local officials      17     18     17     15     19     14     23
Voters               17     17     20     20     14     18     14
DK/NA                11     11     10     16     14     13     13
 
 
27. How worried are you that state budget cuts will lead to an increase in your property taxes - very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not worried at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very worried         34%    34%    41%    29%    31%    36%    30%    52%
Somewhat worried     38     36     37     41     36     40     41     26
Not too worried      15     18     12     18     16     14     16     12
Not worried at all   11     12     10      9     13      8     11     10
DK/NA                 2      1      1      3      3      2      2      1
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very worried         29%    45%    41%    38%    29%    34%    26%
Somewhat worried     45     35     28     40     40     38     41
Not too worried      16     12     13     12     20     17     17
Not worried at all    8      8     14      7     10     11     14
DK/NA                 2      -      4      3      1      1      3
 
 
28. As you may know, Governor Christie has said he intends to change a historically liberal state Supreme Court. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            41%    79%    11%    46%    50%    33%    48%     7%
Bad idea             47     14     78     41     40     54     40     83
DK/NA                12      8     10     13     10     13     12      9
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Good idea            38%    37%    27%    38%    57%    34%    50%
Bad idea             50     51     63     52     32     50     36
DK/NA                12     12     10      9     11     16     14
 
 
 
 
29. As you may know, Governor Christie has said he wouldn't reappoint Justice John E. Wallace Jr to the State Supreme Court. Do you agree or disagree with Governor Christie's decision?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Agree                29%    58%    10%    28%    35%    24%    35%     8%
Disagree             36     11     57     33     35     37     29     60
DK/NA                35     30     32     39     30     39     36     31
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Agree                26%    24%    17%    27%    38%    28%    35%
Disagree             44     44     52     39     27     37     26
DK/NA                30     32     30     34     35     34     39
 
 
30. By refusing to reappoint Justice Wallace, do you think the governor is acting to restore balance to the court or interfering with the judiciary?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Restoring balance    31%    62%     9%    31%    37%    25%    38%     5%
Interfering          41     11     65     39     37     45     33     69
DK/NA                29     27     27     30     26     31     29     27
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Restoring balance    27%    26%    16%    28%    44%    26%    38%
Interfering          48     44     55     43     27     51     28
DK/NA                25     30     29     28     29     24     3