November 17, 2011 - New Jersey Voters Support Hudson Subway 4-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Support For Millionaire's Tax Tops 2-1

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New Jersey voters support 66 - 15 percent a proposal to extend a New York City subway line under the Hudson River to the New Jersey Transit station in Secaucus and say 66 - 26 percent that New Jersey should contribute financially to building the new tunnel, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Even Republican voters support the plan 57 - 17 percent and support paying something towards it 60 - 31 percent. Support for the plan ranges from 48 - 20 percent in the Philadelphia suburbs to 74 - 13 percent among both urban and suburban voters in counties north of Trenton, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Support for paying something for the tunnel also is strong in every region.

New Jersey voters support 51 - 36 percent Gov. Christopher Christie's decision to cancel an earlier Hudson River rail tunnel plan as too expensive.

"Voters supported Christie's decision to kill the original Hudson River rail tunnel to Macy's basement, but now there's strong support for a cheaper alternative, a New York City subway to New Jersey," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Even more amazing, voters are willing to have New Jersey pay something for the project."

Garden State voters say 63 - 32 percent that the state should seek federal approval to implement sports betting in New Jersey. Support is strong among all groups and in all regions.

"Now that New Jerseyans have endorsed sports betting in a November 8 referendum, they think Trenton should push Washington for permission to do it," Carroll said.

New Jersey voters agree 52 - 34 percent with the views of the Occupy Wall Street protestors. Agreement is 76 - 13 percent among Democrats and 52 - 31 percent among independent voters. Republicans disagree 68 - 21 percent. Men agree 50 - 39 percent while women agree 53 - 30 percent.

Voters say 77 - 19 percent, including 63 - 34 percent among Republicans, that it is "OK that they are protesting."

To balance the state budget, New Jersey voters support 64 - 28 percent the so-called Millionaire's Tax, up from a high of 55 - 34 percent February 10. Support today is 82 - 13 percent among Democrats and 67 - 25 percent among independent voters, while Republicans are opposed 54 - 38 percent.

"Maybe it's Occupy Wall Street or maybe Garden State voters just want to see the rich folks pay more, but support for the Millionaire's Tax is 2-1, an all-time high," Carroll said.

Voter opinions on ways to address New Jersey's ongoing budget issues are:
  • 62 - 32 percent support for a wage freeze for state workers;
  • 49 - 37 percent support for furloughs for state workers;
  • 54 - 39 percent opposition to layoffs for state workers;
  • 57 - 34 percent for spending cuts only, rather than a mix of cuts and tax hikes.
From November 9 - 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,788 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation 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.

27. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              54%    89%    24%    62%    59%    49%    63%    21%
Disapprove           39      9     68     30     36     42     31     71
DK/NA                 7      3      7      8      5      8      6      8
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              37%    51%    62%    51%    68%
Disapprove           55     43     30     41     27
DK/NA                 8      6      8      8      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling the state budget?
                     Nov 17  Aug 17  Jun 21  Apr 21  Feb 10  Nov 11  Jun 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Approve              54      50      47      50      53      52      45
Disapprove           39      46      48      46      41      42      49
DK/NA                 7       4       6       4       5       6       6
 
 
28. The next state budget will be tight. Do you think it should be balanced only with spending cuts or should there be some tax increases?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Spending cuts only   57%    84%    36%    59%    54%    61%    62%    45%
Some tax increases   34     13     53     31     40     28     31     42
DK/NA                 9      3     10     10      6     11      7     13
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Spending cuts only   49%    58%    56%    57%    64%
Some tax increases   37     34     35     36     27
DK/NA                14      8      9      8      8
 
 
29. To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - layoffs for state employees?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              39%    55%    19%    47%    45%    34%    44%    14%
Oppose               54     36     75     46     49     58     48     82
DK/NA                 7      9      6      6      6      8      8      4
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Support              32%    36%    46%    33%    50%
Oppose               63     57     46     58     43
DK/NA                 5      8      8      9      7
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose layoffs for state employees?
                     Nov 17  Apr 21  Feb 10  Nov 11
                     2011    2011    2011    2010
 
Support              39      50      56      54
Oppose               54      43      38      39
DK/NA                 7       7       7       7
 
 
30. To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - furloughs for state employees?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              49%    59%    38%    52%    50%    48%    51%    37%
Oppose               37     28     47     36     40     34     36     46
DK/NA                14     13     15     12     10     18     13     17
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Support              44%    49%    44%    49%    54%
Oppose               40     39     37     33     35
DK/NA                16     12     19     17     10
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose furloughs for state employees?
                     Nov 17  Apr 21  Feb 10  Nov 11
                     2011    2011    2011    2010
 
Support              49      61      65      63
Oppose               37      28      24      25
DK/NA                14      11      12      11
 
 
31. 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              62%    77%    47%    66%    65%    60%    66%    44%
Oppose               32     20     46     27     30     33     30     48
DK/NA                 6      3      7      7      5      7      5      8
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Support              55%    62%    63%    59%    68%
Oppose               38     31     31     34     28
DK/NA                 7      7      6      7      4
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose a wage freeze for state workers?
                     Nov 17  Apr 21  Feb 10  Nov 11  Jan 20  Nov 24
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010    2009
 
Support              62      72      77      78      71      75
Oppose               32      23      20      19      23      21
DK/NA                 6       4       3       3       6       4
 
 
32. To help balance the state budget do you support or oppose - the so called millionaires tax?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              64%    38%    82%    67%    64%    65%    62%    79%
Oppose               28     54     13     25     32     24     31     13
DK/NA                 8      8      6      8      4     11      8      8
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Support              71%    66%    61%    61%    63%
Oppose               21     26     31     28     32
DK/NA                 9      8      8     10      4
 
TREND: To help balance the state budget, do you support or oppose the so called millionaires tax?
                     Nov 17  Apr 21  Feb 10
                     2011    2011    2011
 
Support              64      52      55
Oppose               28      36      34
DK/NA                 8      12      11
 
 
37. 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                51%    80%    25%    58%    55%    47%    58%    23%
Disagree             36     10     60     31     37     36     31     59
DK/NA                13     10     15     12      8     18     12     18
 
                                          Philly        COMMUTE TO NYC
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No
 
Agree                32%    48%    61%    49%    61%    43%    52%
Disagree             56     41     27     27     29     53     34
DK/NA                12     11     12     24     10      4     14
 
TREND: As you may know, Governor Christie cancelled the cross-Hudson rail tunnel. Do you agree or disagree with Governor Christie's decision?
                     Nov 17  Dec 21  Nov 10
                     2011    2010    2010
 
Agree                51      46      53
Disagree             36      38      37
DK/NA                13      16      10
 
 
38. 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            66%    57%    74%    65%    66%    66%    65%    73%
Bad idea             15     17     10     17     15     14     14     18
DK/NA                20     26     16     19     19     20     21      9
 
                                          Philly        COMMUTE TO NYC
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No
 
Good idea            74%    74%    63%    48%    63%    83%    64%
Bad idea             13     13     14     20     15     11     15
DK/NA                13     13     22     32     22      5     21
 
TREND: 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?
                     Nov 17  Dec 21
                     2011    2010
 
Good idea            66      64
Bad idea             15      17
DK/NA                20      19
 
 
39. 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                  66%    60%    76%    62%    69%    62%    66%    73%
No                   26     31     19     28     24     27     26     24
DK/NA                 9      9      6     10      7     10      9      3
 
                                          Philly        COMMUTE TO NYC
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  Yes    No
 
Yes                  72%    69%    68%    53%    64%    80%    64%
No                   19     24     25     31     29     17     27
DK/NA                 8      7      7     16      7      4      9
 
TREND: If the new Hudson River subway plan goes forward, do you think New Jersey should contribute financially to building it or not?
                     Nov 17  Dec 21
                     2011    2010
 
Yes                  66      63
No                   26      27
DK/NA                 9      10
 
 
40. Do you commute to New York City for work or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  10%     8%     9%    12%    15%     6%     8%    15%
No                   89     92     90     87     84     94     91     85
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      1      -      -      -
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  20%    14%     8%     2%     7%
No                   80     86     92     96     92
DK/NA                 -      -      -      2      1
 
TREND: Do you commute to New York City for work or not?
                     Nov 17  Dec 21  Nov 10
                     2011    2010    2010
 
Yes                  10      11      11
No                   89      89      89
DK/NA                 -       -       -
 
 
41. How closely have you been following news about the Wall Street protests? Would you say you have been following it very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very closely         22%    27%    21%    23%    27%    18%    24%    22%
Smwht closely        45     43     44     47     47     43     45     39
Not too closely      21     22     24     20     18     24     22     22
Not at all           11      9     12     11      8     14      9     17
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very closely         29%    20%    24%    19%    24%
Smwht closely        40     49     46     40     43
Not too closely      19     23     22     23     18
Not at all           10      8      8     18     15
DK/NA                 2      -      -      -      -
 
42. How well do you feel you understand the views of the Wall Street protesters? Do you understand them very well, fairly well, not too well or not well at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very well            19%    18%    22%    17%    22%    16%    19%    20%
Fairly well          36     33     38     40     40     33     36     37
Not too well         23     24     24     23     20     26     24     19
Not well at all      20     23     16     18     18     22     20     23
DK/NA                 2      2      -      2      1      2      2      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very well            25%    17%    17%    16%    21%
Fairly well          36     39     42     34     29
Not too well         20     23     24     23     26
Not well at all      16     20     16     25     21
DK/NA                 3      1      1      1      2
 
 
43. Regardless of how you feel about the Wall Street protests, do you generally agree or disagree with the protesters' views?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Agree                52%    21%    76%    52%    50%    53%    47%    69%
Disagree             34     68     13     31     39     30     40     10
DK/NA                14     11     11     17     11     18     13     21
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Agree                64%    52%    48%    54%    43%
Disagree             26     33     37     31     42
DK/NA                10     15     16     16     15
 
 
44. And regardless of how you feel about the views of the Wall Street protesters, do you think it is OK that they are protesting, or do you think they should not be protesting?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
OK to protest        77%    63%    87%    77%    81%    73%    74%    88%
Shld not protest     19     34     11     18     16     22     23      7
DK/NA                 4      3      2      4      2      5      3      5
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
OK to protest        78%    77%    79%    79%    73%
Shld not protest     17     20     19     16     24
DK/NA                 5      3      3      5      4
 
 
45. And regardless of how you feel about the views of the Wall Street protesters, do you generally agree or disagree with the approach of the protesters?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Agree                47%    27%    66%    45%    51%    44%    43%    65%
Disagree             44     69     25     47     44     45     50     25
DK/NA                 9      5      9      8      5     11      7     10
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Agree                55%    48%    49%    50%    37%
Disagree             37     45     44     38     54
DK/NA                 8      7      7     13      9
 
 
49. State voters approved the legalization of sports gambling in a referendum this past Tuesday. To put it into effect, the state needs federal approval. Should the state seek federal approval for the legalization of sports gambling or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  63%    64%    66%    60%    68%    58%    65%    52%
No                   32     32     29     34     29     34     30     39
DK/NA                 6      4      5      6      3      8      5      9
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  65%    60%    59%    64%    68%
No                   32     34     33     28     29
DK/NA                 4      6      9      8      2
 
 

Demographic Summary