December 21, 2010 - Nj Voters Split On Gov's Approval, Style, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; More Disapprove Of His Move To Change Court

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New Jersey voters give Gov. Christie a split 46 - 44 percent job approval rating and also divide 47 - 48 percent on whether they approve of his governing style, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Gov. Christie's latest job approval rating compares to 51 - 38 percent in a November 9 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Christie's approval is 74 - 21 percent among Republicans and 48 - 41 percent among independent voters, while Democrats disapprove 65 - 22 percent.

The governor's attempt to change a "historically liberal State Supreme Court" is a bad idea, voters say 45 - 39 percent. Support for the governor is 71 - 19 percent among Republicans as independent voters split 43 - 41 percent. Democrats oppose the move 71 - 13 percent.

Voter opinion of the State Senate's failure to act on a Christie Supreme Court nominee is:
  • 37 percent say the State Senate is protecting an independent judiciary;
  • 32 percent call it foot-dragging.
"Overall, New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie still gets a split decision. Democrats don't like him at all; Republicans like him a lot. His 'Jersey-guy' in-your-face governing style? An even split," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The governor's big mid-year scrap against the State Supreme Court was revived when one of the seven judges called the court's current shape unconstitutional. Public opinion is running against Gov. Christie on this issue and his overall approval rating has eroded a bit since our last look."


New Jersey voters give Christie a slightly negative 45 - 49 percent on his handling of education. But 63 percent say his attempt to limit salaries for school superintendents is a "good way to help balance the budget," while 31 percent call it "meddling in local government."

By a similar 61 - 34 percent margin, voters support limiting wage increases to 2 percent for police and firefighters.

Most politicians act based on what's popular rather than on principle, voters say 78 - 13 percent. But they say 64 - 29 percent, including 47 - 43 percent among Democrats, that Christie acts on principal, rather than what's popular.

"Christie started the year fighting with the educational establishment and he ended it the same way - this time with school superintendents as the target. The public seems to be with him, saying 2-1 that he should cut superintendents' pay," Carroll said.

New York City Subway Extension to Secaucus

Voters agree 46 - 38 percent with Christie's decision to cancel a cross-Hudson rail tunnel, down from 53 - 37 percent in a November 10 Quinnipiac University poll.

But voters say 64 - 17 percent that a New York City plan to extend the No. 7 subway line under the Hudson River to the NJ Transit station in Secaucus is a good idea. Support is 60 - 19 percent among Republicans, 67 - 17 percent among Democrats and 64 - 18 percent among independent voters.

New Jersey should contribute financially to building the tunnel, voters say 63 - 27 percent.

But voters oppose 49 - 40 percent spending $1 billion on the new rail tunnel idea. Democrats back the $1 billion cost 49 - 40 percent, while opposition is 54 - 35 percent among Republicans and 53 - 36 percent among independent voters. Among the 11 percent of New Jersey voters who commute to New York City, support is 59 - 30 percent.

"Killing the first rail tunnel plan was okay and the alternative, an extension of a New York subway to Secaucus, is a pretty good idea, voters say. New Jersey voters even say they're willing to pay for the new tunnel idea - until we put a billion-dollar price tag on it," Carroll said.

From December 14 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,276 New Jersey voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 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.

1a. 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              46%    74%    22%    48%    54%    39%    53%    12%
Disapprove           44     21     65     41     38     49     37     78
DK/NA                10      4     13     11      8     12     10     10
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids Commute
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch ToNYC
 
Approve              35%    45%    52%    40%    55%    34%    39%    53%
Disapprove           45     47     38     50     36     60     50     34
DK/NA                20      7     10      9      9      6     11     14
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              40%    45%    51%    41%    46%    52%    25%    42%    71%
Disapprove           53     46     36     46     46     41     66     47     20
DK/NA                 7      9     13     13      8      7      9     11      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling his job as Governor?
                     Dec 21  Nov 11  Aug 19  Jun 17
                     2010    2010    2010    2010
 
Approve              46      51      51      44
Disapprove           44      38      36      43
DK/NA                10      10      13      12
 
 
1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state assembly is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              25%    30%    26%    22%    28%    23%    26%    24%
Disapprove           52     51     46     57     54     50     49     67
DK/NA                23     18     28     21     18     28     24      9
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              22%    30%    18%    25%    25%
Disapprove           51     48     57     55     52
DK/NA                27     23     25     19     23
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state assembly is handling its job?
                     Dec 21 Nov 09  Aug 19
                     2010   2010    2010
 
Approve              25     28      28
Disapprove           52     51      45
DK/NA                23     21      27
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state senate is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              31%    29%    40%    28%    33%    30%    29%    40%
Disapprove           50     54     40     54     51     48     50     50
DK/NA                19     17     20     18     16     22     21      9
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              29%    36%    27%    29%    29%
Disapprove           51     45     53     49     55
DK/NA                20     18     19     21     17
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state senate is handling its job?
                     Dec 21  Nov 09  Aug 19
                     2010    2010    2010
 
Approve              31      29      30
Disapprove           50      53      46
DK/NA                19      18      24
 
 
3. 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%    22%    55%    34%    39%    37%    36%    50%
Disapprove           42     55     24     47     47     37     43     34
DK/NA                20     23     21     19     14     26     21     16
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS..
                                                     High    Low     High
 
                     Dec 21  Nov 09  Jun 17  Jan 20  Feb 4   Feb 20  Jun 17
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2008    2010
 
Approve              38      38      38      41      42      30      38
Disapprove           42      41      43      41      30      31      43
DK/NA                20      20      18      17      28      39      18
 
 
4. 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              42%    25%    57%    41%    38%    45%    41%    58%
Disapprove           43     65     23     45     50     36     46     30
DK/NA                15     10     20     14     12     19     13     13
 
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
                     Dec 21  Nov 09  Jun 17  Jan 20  Jul 27  Feb 20  June 17
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2000*   2008    2010
 
Approve              42      43      40      46      55      39      40
Disapprove           43      44      47      42      22      31      47
DK/NA                15      13      13      12      23      29      13
 
 
5. 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%    16%    83%    43%    49%    51%    41%    95%
Disapprove           45     80     12     51     46     44     54      3
DK/NA                 5      4      4      6      5      5      5      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                     APPROVE.......  DIS...
                                                     High    Low     High
                     Dec 21  Nov 09  Aug 19  Jun 17  Jun 10  Nov 09  Nov 09
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010    2010
 
Approve              50      46      47      50      68      46      46
Disapprove           45      50      47      46      25      50      50
DK/NA                 5       4       6       4       7       4       4
 
 
6. 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%     4%     2%     2%     2%     3%     3%     -
Smwht satisfied      30     34     28     29     33     28     31     22
Smwht dissatisfied   36     36     41     32     35     37     37     35
Very dissatisfied    31     25     28     36     30     32     29     41
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      -      -      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very satisfied        2%     3%     2%     1%     3%
Smwht satisfied      40     30     29     26     27
Smwht dissatisfied   31     36     36     40     38
Very dissatisfied    25     30     32     33     32
DK/NA                 2      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 SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 21  Nov 9   Aug 19  Jun 17  Jan 20  Dec 26  Jun 17
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2000*   2010
 
Very satisfied        2       4       3       2       2      10       2
Smwht satisfied      30      28      30      22      26      61      22
Smwht dissatisfied   36      32      37      36      33      21      36
Very dissatisfied    31      35      29      39      38       7      39
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
7. Do you think Christopher Christie would make a good President or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  25%    50%     7%    25%    28%    22%    31%     1%
No                   63     36     84     61     59     66     56     97
DK/NA                13     14      9     14     13     12     14      3
 
TREND: Do you think Christopher Christie would make a good President or not?
                     Dec 21  Nov 09
                     2010    2010
 
Yes                  25      24
No                   63      61
DK/NA                13      15
 
 
8. Do you think Christopher Christie will run for President in 2012 or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes, will run        22%    19%    23%    24%    19%    25%    22%    18%
No, will not         65     73     59     64     70     61     67     69
DK/NA                13      8     18     11     11     15     12     12
 
TREND: Do you think Christopher Christie will run for President in 2012 or not?
                     Dec 21  Nov 09
                     2010    2010
 
Yes, will run        22      21
No, will not run     65      60
DK/NA                13      18
 
 
9. Do you think Christopher Christie would make a good Vice President or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  32%    55%    17%    31%    37%    29%    36%     7%
No                   59     38     77     59     56     62     56     87
DK/NA                 8      7      6     10      7      9      8      6
 
 
10. Do you think Christopher Christie will run for Vice President in 2012 or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes, will run        19%    21%    22%    17%    20%    19%    19%    22%
No, will not         62     65     56     65     67     58     64     64
DK/NA                18     14     22     18     13     23     17     14
 
 
11. Do you think the Christie-for-President talk represents a serious political movement or just political gossip?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Serious              27%    35%    23%    27%    26%    29%    27%    20%
Political gossip     65     57     68     67     71     60     65     78
DK/NA                 8      8      8      6      4     12      8      2
 
TREND: Do you think the Christie-for-President talk represents a serious political movement or just political gossip?
                     Dec 21  Nov 09
                     2010    2010
 
Political movement   27      25
Gossip               65      67
DK/NA                 8       8
 
 
12. As you may know, Christopher Christie traveled to other states to campaign for Republican candidates in the 2010 elections. Does this make you think more favorably of Christie, less favorably of Christie, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More favorably       14%    30%     6%    11%    17%    12%    16%     2%
Less favorably       22      9     28     23     19     24     21     28
Doesn't make diff    63     60     63     65     64     62     62     68
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      2      1      2
 
TREND: As you may know, Christopher Christie traveled to other states to campaign for Republican candidates in the 2010 elections. Does this make you think more favorably of Christie, less favorably of Christie, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Dec 21  Nov 09
                     2010    2010
 
More favorably       14      16
Less favorably       22      21
Doesn't make diff    63      62
DK/NA                 1       -
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of Christopher Christie's governing style?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              47%    73%    24%    50%    54%    41%    53%    10%
Disapprove           48     23     70     44     40     54     42     84
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      5      5      5      5
 
                                          Philly        Union  HvKids Commute
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHold PubSch ToNYC
 
Approve              41%    43%    56%    41%    57%    32%    42%    55%
Disapprove           53     51     42     53     38     64     53     38
DK/NA                 6      6      2      5      6      4      5      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              38%    48%    51%    42%    47%    52%    28%    42%    72%
Disapprove           56     48     43     50     50     45     67     52     25
DK/NA                 6      4      6      7      3      3      5      6      3
 
 
14. Do you think that most public officials make decisions based on principle and what they think is right, or do so based on what they think is popular at the time?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Principle/Wht's
 right               13%    14%    17%    10%    11%    16%    15%    11%
What's popular       78     80     75     82     82     76     77     82
DK/NA                 8      6      8      9      7      9      8      7
 
 
15. Whether you personally agree with him or not, do you believe Governor Christie makes decisions based on principle and what he thinks is right, or does he make decisions based on what he thinks is popular at the time?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Principle/What's
 right               64%    85%    47%    64%    66%    62%    71%    37%
What's popular       29     13     43     29     28     30     22     55
DK/NA                 7      3      9      7      5      8      7      8
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling - state spending?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              49%    74%    26%    52%    59%    40%    56%    18%
Disapprove           44     22     66     41     37     51     38     76
DK/NA                 7      4      8      7      4      9      6      5
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling - state taxes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              43%    71%    22%    44%    51%    35%    50%    11%
Disapprove           49     25     69     46     42     55     41     84
DK/NA                 9      4     10     10      7     10      9      5
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling - education?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              45%    66%    25%    47%    51%    39%    49%    24%
Disapprove           49     28     67     48     43     54     45     70
DK/NA                 6      6      8      5      6      6      6      6
 
                     Union  HvKids
                     HsHold PubSch
 
Approve              33%    39%
Disapprove           63     57
DK/NA                 4      4
 
 
19. The Governor wants to limit school superintendent salaries. Do you think this is a good way to help balance the budget or do you think it is meddling in local government?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Way to bal bud       63%    76%    49%    68%    67%    60%    69%    42%
Meddling in gov      31     21     41     28     26     34     27     47
DK/NA                 6      3     10      4      6      6      4     11
 
                     Union  HvKids
                     HsHold PubSch
 
Way to bal bud       62%    63%
Meddling in gov      35     29
DK/NA                 3      8
 
 
20. 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            57%    40%    66%    59%    56%    59%    58%    59%
Unfavorable          23     36     12     25     24     22     24     19
Hvn't hrd enough     18     22     19     15     18     17     15     20
REFUSED               2      2      2      1      2      2      2      2
 
                     Union  HvKids
                     HsHold PubSch
 
Favorable            64%    67%
Unfavorable          19     20
Hvn't hrd enough     16     11
REFUSED               1      2
 
 
TREND: Is your opinion of New Jersey's public school teachers favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about them?
                     Dec 21  Nov 11  June 17
                     2010    2010    2010
 
Favorable            57     56      56
Unfavorable          23     24      26
Hvn't hrd enough     18     19      16
REFUSED               2      1       2
 
 
21. 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            27%    16%    40%    23%    25%    28%    24%    39%
Unfavorable          48     68     28     50     52     44     54     23
Hvn't hrd enough     25     16     32     26     22     27     20     38
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
                     Union  HvKids
                     HsHold PubSch
 
Favorable            46%    27%
Unfavorable          36     48
Hvn't hrd enough     17     25
REFUSED               1      -
 
TREND: 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?
                     Dec 21  Nov 11  Nov 17
                     2010    2010    2010
 
Favorable            27      21      24
Unfavorable          48      46      50
Hvn't hrd enough     25      32      25
REFUSED               1       1       1
 
 
22. Generally speaking, do you believe the teachers' unions are playing a positive or a negative role in improving New Jersey's educational system?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Positive             35%    22%    51%    29%    34%    35%    31%    46%
Negative             55     72     35     61     58     52     61     37
DK/NA                11      7     13     10      8     13      8     17
 
                     Union  HvKids
                     HsHold PubSch
 
Positive             50%    35%
Negative             43     55
DK/NA                 7     10
 
TREND: Generally speaking, do you believe the teachers' unions are playing a positive or a negative role in improving New Jersey's educational system?
                     Dec 21  Nov 11  Jan 21  Oct 15
                     2010    2010    2010    2009
 
Positive             35      36      39      45
Negative             55      54      48      43
DK/NA                11      10      12      11
 
 
23. As you may know, Governor Christie cancelled the cross-Hudson rail tunnel. Do you agree or disagree with Governor Christie's decision?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Agree                46%    69%    26%    49%    53%    41%    52%    19%
Disagree             38     18     54     37     37     39     34     64
DK/NA                16     13     20     14     11     20     15     17
 
                                          Philly            Commute
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore      ToNYC
 
Agree                45%    43%    51%    42%    52%        44%
Disagree             47     41     36     32     32         46
DK/NA                 8     16     13     26     16         11
 
TREND: As you may know, Governor Christie cancelled the cross-Hudson rail tunnel. Do you agree or disagree with Governor Christie's decision?
                     Dec 21  Nov 10
                     2010    2010
 
Agree                46      53
Disagree             38      37
DK/NA                16      10
 
 
24. New York City is suggesting an alternative plan to extend the number seven subway line under the Hudson to the New Jersey transit station in Secaucus. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            64%    60%    67%    64%    69%    59%    65%    65%
Bad idea             17     19     17     18     17     18     16     23
DK/NA                19     22     16     18     14     23     19     12
 
                                          Philly            Commute
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore      ToNYC
 
Good idea            70%    66%    65%    53%    62%        67%
Bad idea             19     18     17     21     13         20
DK/NA                11     16     17     27     25         13
 
 
25. If the new Hudson River subway plan goes forward, do you think New Jersey should contribute financially to building it or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  63%    57%    72%    61%    71%    57%    62%    70%
No                   27     33     17     31     23     30     28     23
DK/NA                10     10     11      8      6     13     10      7
 
                                          Philly            Commute
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore      ToNYC
 
Yes                  68%    70%    63%    54%    56%        76%
No                   25     21     26     33     34         22
DK/NA                 8      9     11     13     10          2
 
 
26. It has been estimated that New Jersey's financial share in the new subway line would be around one billion dollars. Would you support or oppose New Jersey paying one billion dollars to help fund a subway line under the Hudson from New York City to Secaucus?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              40%    35%    49%    36%    51%    30%    40%    39%
Oppose               49     54     40     53     40     56     49     55
DK/NA                11     11     12     10      9     14     11      6
 
                                          Philly            Commute
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore      ToNYC
 
Support              44%    46%    41%    24%    37%        59%
Oppose               45     45     47     63     50         30
DK/NA                11     10     12     13     13         10
 
 
27. Do you commute to New York City for work or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  11%    11%    13%    10%    16%     7%     9%     8%
No                   89     89     87     90     84     93     91     92
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  25%    16%     5%     3%     6%
No                   75     84     95     97     94
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -
 
TREND: Do you commute to New York City for work or not?
                     Dec 21  Nov 10
                     2010    2010
 
Yes                  11      11
No                   89      89
DK/NA                 -       -
 
 
28. To help balance local budgets, Governor Christie and legislative leaders agreed to limit annual salary increases reached through arbitration for police and firefighters to 2 percent. Do you support or oppose this limit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              61%    72%    51%    62%    69%    54%    65%    44%
Oppose               34     25     43     33     28     39     30     55
DK/NA                 5      3      7      5      3      7      5      1
 
                                          Philly            Union
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore      HsHold
 
Support              57%    65%    65%    48%    67%        48%
Oppose               33     31     30     49     29         47
DK/NA                10      5      5      3      3          4
 
 
29. 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            39%    71%    13%    43%    45%    34%    45%     7%
Bad idea             45     19     71     41     44     46     40     81
DK/NA                16     10     17     16     11     20     15     12
 
                     POL PHIL.........
                     Lib    Mod    Con
 
Good idea            14%    33%    70%
Bad idea             75     47     18
DK/NA                11     20     12
 
TREND: 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?
                     Dec 21  Nov 11
                     2010    2010
 
Good idea            39      44
Bad idea             45      43
DK/NA                16      13
 
 
30. As you may know, the State Senate has refused to act on the Governor's state Supreme Court nominee Anne Murray Patterson. Which comes closer to your point of view: the State Senate is foot dragging or the State Senate is protecting an independent judiciary
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Foot dragging        32%    48%    18%    34%    36%    28%    34%    17%
Protecting ind
 judiciary           37     23     48     36     40     33     34     57
DK/NA                32     29     34     30     24     39     32     27
 
                     POL PHIL.........
                     Lib    Mod    Con
 
Foot dragging        15%    31%    47%
Protecting ind
 judiciary           59     35     21
DK/NA                26     34     32
 
TREND: As you may know, the State Senate has refused to act on the Governor's state Supreme Court nominee Anne Murray Patterson. Which comes closer to your point of view - the State Senate is foot dragging or the State Senate is protecting an independent judiciary?
                    Dec 21   Nov 11
                    2010     2010
 
Foot dragging       32       35
Protecting
 judiciary          37       35
DK/NA               32       29
 
 
31. Do you support or oppose allowing adults in New Jersey to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              76%    66%    82%    77%    77%    75%    77%    78%
Oppose               21     32     16     20     20     22     20     20
DK/NA                 2      2      2      3      2      3      2      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              87%    78%    72%    88%    81%    60%
Oppose               12     19     26     10     17     37
DK/NA                 1      3      3      2      2      2
 
 
32. Thinking about this holiday season, this year are you going to spend more on holiday gifts, less, or about the same?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More                  9%     9%    10%     9%    12%     6%    10%    13%
Less                 38     31     43     36     30     45     33     52
About the same       52     60     46     55     57     48     57     33
DK/NA                 1      -      2      1      1      1      1      2
 
                     INCOME.............
                     <50    50-100 >100K
 
More                  7%     7%    15%
Less                 46     38     26
About the same       46     55     60
DK/NA                 2      -      -
 
TREND: This year are you going to spend more on holiday gifts, less or about the same?
                     Dec 21  Nov 20
                     2010    2008
 
More                  9       3
Less                 38      58
Same                 52      37
DK/NA                 1       2
 
 
33a. (If "more" q32) Would you say a lot more, somewhat more, or only a little more?
                     Tot
 
Lot more             27%
Smwht more           48
Little more          25
DK/NA                 -
 
TREND: Would you say a lot more, somewhat more, or only a little more? (* Additional caution should be taken when interpreting the findings of group because of the larger margin of error.)
                     Dec 21  Nov 20
                     2010    2008
 
A lot                27      22
Smwht                48      41
Only a little        25      38
DK/NA                 -       -
 
 
33b. (If "less" q32) Would you say a lot less, somewhat less, or only a little less?
                     Tot
 
Lot less             46%
Smwht less           35
Little less          18
DK/NA                 1
 
TREND: Would you say a lot less, somewhat less, or only a little less?
                     Dec 21  Nov 20
                     2010    2008
 
A lot                46      43
Smwht                35      39
Only a little        18      17
DK/NA                 1       1