November 28, 2012 - Christie Tops Any Dem In New Jersey Governor's Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Merit Pay For Teachers More Than 2-1

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New Jersey voters say 67 - 25 percent that Gov. Christopher Christie deserves reelection in 2013 and give him leads of 18 point or more against any possible Democratic challenger, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The only group opposed to Gov. Christie's reelection is Democrats, by a narrow 46 - 41 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. The governor's leads early in the race are:
  • 53 - 35 percent over Newark Mayor Cory Booker;
  • 57 - 30 percent over State Sen. Richard Codey;
  • 61 - 23 percent over State Sen. Barbara Buono;
  • 62 - 20 percent over Assembly member Lou Greenwald;
  • 62 - 21 percent over Assembly member John Wisniewski.
Booker dominates a possible Democratic primary with 41 percent, followed by Codey with 12 percent. No other candidate tops 4 percent.

"Remember, we have a state election in 2013 and the only Democrat who shows any oomph against Gov. Christopher Christie, the hero of Hurricane Sandy, is Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Even he trails the Republican Governor by double digits," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"There's a generic Democratic vote of about 20 percent, and that's what State Sen. Barbara Buono and Assembly members Lou Greenwald and John Wisniewski get. State Sen. Richard Codey, the frequent fill-in governor, does a little better.

New Jersey voters give Christie a 67 - 22 percent favorability rating. Booker gets a 52 - 13 percent favorability, with 33 percent who don't know enough about him to form an opinion. The "don't know enough" score for other possible candidates ranges from 51 percent to 88 percent.

"The favorability numbers underline the New Jersey problem for politicians - recognition statewide in a state without a commercial TV station is almost impossible to get. Just ask Codey, Buono, Greenwald and Wisniewski," Carroll said.

By a 45 - 38 percent margin, voters would like to see Democrats in control of the New Jersey State Legislature after the 2013 elections. Independent voters prefer Republican control 38 - 32 percent.

New Jersey voters support merit pay for public school teachers 67 - 28 percent, including 67 - 26 percent among voters with children in public schools and 59 - 36 percent among voters in union households.

"Our surveys over the last two years show support of 2-1 or more for merit pay for teachers, including strong support among Democrats and voters in union households," Carroll said. "Newark teachers are latest group to get on the merit pay bandwagon."

Christie's call for a vote now on a tax cut is gaining support, but by a narrow 48 - 45 percent margin, voters still support the Democratic plan to wait to see if tax revenues are strong enough to finance a tax cut. This compares to 52 - 39 percent support for the Democrats' wait- and-see approach in an October 17 Quinnipiac University poll.

Looking at Washington, New Jersey voters believe 63 - 34 percent that President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress will make a good faith effort to cooperate with Republicans on important national issues. But voters say 49 - 45 percent Republicans won't make a good faith effort to cooperate.

From November 19 - 25, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,664 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 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 information or RSS feed visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. (If Registered Democrat) If the Democratic primary for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were: Cory Booker, Richard Codey, Barbara Buono, Lou Greenwald, and John Wisniewski, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED DEMOCRATS
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Booker               41%    38%    44%
Codey                12     15      9
Buono                 4      3      5
Greenwald             1      1      1
Wisniewski            1      1      2
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      2
DK/NA                36     35     36
 
 
2. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Cory Booker the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Booker               35%     6%    67%    24%    35%    34%    27%    75%    47%
Christie             53     91     20     60     53     53     62     17     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      1      1      -      -      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      1      1      1      1      1      -      -
DK/NA                11      4     12     14     11     12     10      8     17
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Booker               42%    30%    45%    39%    32%    27%
Christie             48     56     39     52     56     57
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      -      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      -      -      1      1
DK/NA                 8     13     14      9     10     14
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Booker               49%    37%    26%    32%    28%    46%    
Christie             34     52     63     53     61     40     
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      -      -      1     
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      1      -      1      1     
DK/NA                15     10      9     15     11     11     
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Cory Booker the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 28  Oct 17  Sep 05
                     2012    2012    2012
 
Booker               35      42      40
Christie             53      46      47
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       -       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1       1
DK/NA                11      11      11
 
 
3. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Richard Codey the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Codey                30%     6%    58%    20%    28%    31%    25%    59%    39%
Christie             57     90     27     65     59     55     64     25     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      1      1      1      -      1      1      1
DK/NA                12      4     14     14     11     13     10     15     18
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Codey                33%    28%    33%    28%    31%    28%
Christie             56     58     47     59     59     59
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      2      1      1      -
DK/NA                10     13     16     12     10     13
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Codey                38%    33%    26%    27%    24%    42%    
Christie             42     54     67     57     66     44     
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      -      -      -      -     
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      -      1      -      2     
DK/NA                18     12      7     15     10     12     
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Richard Codey the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 28  Oct 17
                     2012    2012
 
Codey                30      41
Christie             57      47
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       -
DK/NA                12      11
 
 
4. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Barbara Buono the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Buono                23%     2%    48%    13%    20%    26%    17%    48%    36%
Christie             61     94     32     67     64     58     69     31     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      1      1      -      -      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      2      1      2      1      1      1      4
DK/NA                14      4     18     18     14     14     13     20     16
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Buono                24%    23%    31%    24%    22%    19%
Christie             59     62     44     65     63     65
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      -      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      2      2      1      -
DK/NA                15     14     22     10     13     15
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Buono                35%    26%    14%    25%    14%    30%    
Christie             44     58     71     59     71     51     
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      -      -      1     
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      1      1      1      -      2     
DK/NA                17     14     13     15     15     16     
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Barbara Buono the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 28  Oct 17
                     2012    2012
 
Buono                23      33
Christie             61      49
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1
DK/NA                14      17
 
 
5. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Lou Greenwald the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Greenwald            20%     2%    42%    13%    19%    21%    17%    39%    30%
Christie             62     93     37     67     65     60     69     37     46
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      1      1      -      -      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      2      1      1      1      1      2      4
DK/NA                15      4     19     19     13     17     13     22     19
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Greenwald            21%    20%    26%    21%    20%    17%
Christie             60     64     52     66     63     65
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      2      -      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      1      1      2      1      1
DK/NA                17     14     19     12     15     17
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Greenwald            25%    23%    14%    26%    13%    28%    
Christie             53     59     70     59     71     53     
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      1      -      1     
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2      -      1      2     
DK/NA                18     16     12     14     15     16     
 
TREND: If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Lou Greenwald the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 28  Oct 17
                     2012    2012
 
Greenwald            20      31
Christie             62      50
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1       1
DK/NA                15      17
 
 
6. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were John Wisniewski the Democrat and Christopher Christie the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Wisniewski           21%     3%    43%    13%    20%    21%    17%    39%    34%
Christie             62     94     35     67     64     60     69     41     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      1      1      1      -      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      2      1      1      1      1      1      4
DK/NA                15      2     19     19     13     17     13     19     19
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Wisniewski           22%    20%    25%    22%    19%    19%
Christie             60     64     50     65     64     65
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      1      -      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2      2      1      1
DK/NA                16     15     21     11     15     15
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Wisniewski           30%    23%    15%    21%    15%    28%    
Christie             47     59     73     61     71     54     
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      -      -      1     
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      1      -      1      2     
DK/NA                19     16     11     18     12     15     
 
 
7. Is your opinion of Christopher Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            67%    91%    45%    71%    70%    65%    73%    48%    47%
Unfavorable          22      5     39     18     20     24     20     36     27
Hvn't hrd enough      7      3     10      6      6      7      4     11     14
REFUSED               4      1      5      5      4      4      3      5     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favorable            67%    67%    52%    68%    69%    73%
Unfavorable          26     20     25     21     25     17
Hvn't hrd enough      4      9     17      8      3      6
REFUSED               3      4      6      4      3      4
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Favorable            55%    65%    74%    64%    77%    56%    
Unfavorable          23     26     22     23     15     34     
Hvn't hrd enough     17      5      2      8      6      4     
REFUSED               6      4      3      5      2      6     
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Christopher Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 28  Sep 05  May 16  Jun 17  Jan 20  Nov 28  Aug 12
                     2012    2012    2012    2010    2010    2012    2008
                                                                     
Favorable            67      52      53      42      33      67      21
Unfavorable          22      42      39      40      27      22       7
Hvn't hrd enough      7       4       7      17      38       7      69
REFUSED               4       2       2       1       3       4       2
 
 
8. Is your opinion of Cory Booker favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            52%    39%    64%    49%    52%    51%    50%    75%    45%
Unfavorable          13     25      5     14     16     11     15      3     11
Hvn't hrd enough     33     35     29     36     31     36     34     22     41
REFUSED               1      2      1      1      1      2      1      -      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favorable            65%    43%    47%    49%    54%    53%
Unfavorable          14     13     10     12     16     13
Hvn't hrd enough     20     42     42     37     29     32
REFUSED               1      2      -      1      2      2
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Favorable            63%    54%    57%    31%    53%    56%    
Unfavorable          11     13     17     11     16     13     
Hvn't hrd enough     24     32     25     56     30     30     
REFUSED               2      2      1      1      1      1     
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Cory Booker favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 28  Sep 05
                     2012    2012
 
Favorable            52      49
Unfavorable          13      11
Hvn't hrd enough     33      38
REFUSED               1       1
 
 
9. Is your opinion of Richard Codey favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            35%    25%    45%    34%    39%    32%    37%    44%    21%
Unfavorable          13     23      5     14     15     11     15      3      8
Hvn't hrd enough     51     50     49     51     45     56     46     52     68
REFUSED               1      2      2      1      1      2      1      1      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favorable            44%    29%    20%    29%    41%    40%
Unfavorable          15     12      7     12     15     15
Hvn't hrd enough     41     57     73     57     43     43
REFUSED               1      2      -      1      1      2
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Favorable            40%    39%    38%    23%    31%    45%    
Unfavorable           9     12     20      8     18     10     
Hvn't hrd enough     50     47     42     67     49     44     
REFUSED               1      2      -      2      2      1     
 
 
10. Is your opinion of Barbara Buono favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable             8%     2%    13%     7%     9%     6%     7%    20%     7%
Unfavorable           7     10      2      9      9      5      8      -      9
Hvn't hrd enough     84     87     84     83     81     87     85     80     82
REFUSED               1      1      1      -      1      1      1      -      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favorable            10%     7%     8%     7%     8%     8%
Unfavorable           7      7      6      5      9      7
Hvn't hrd enough     83     85     86     86     83     84
REFUSED               -      1      -      2      -      2
 
                                          Philly        Union 
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds
 
Favorable            15%     9%     5%     5%     5%    15%   
Unfavorable           5      9      8      5      8      7    
Hvn't hrd enough     79     81     87     90     86     79    
REFUSED               -      1      -      1      2      -    
 
 
11. Is your opinion of Lou Greenwald favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable             6%     3%     8%     7%     7%     5%     5%    13%     3%
Unfavorable           7     11      2      8      8      5      8      2      4
Hvn't hrd enough     87     85     89     85     84     89     86     84     91
REFUSED               1      1      1      -      1      1      1      1      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favorable             7%     6%     6%     7%     5%     7%
Unfavorable           8      6      5      6      7      8
Hvn't hrd enough     85     88     89     86     88     84
REFUSED               -      1      -      2      -      1
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Favorable             7%     6%     4%    11%     3%     6%    
Unfavorable           3      8      5      8      6      7     
Hvn't hrd enough     90     85     90     80     91     86     
REFUSED               -      1      -      1      1      -     
 
 
12. Is your opinion of John Wisniewski favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable             5%     2%     8%     5%     7%     4%     4%     9%    10%
Unfavorable           7     12      4      5      8      5      7      5      6
Hvn't hrd enough     88     86     87     89     85     90     89     84     81
REFUSED               1      -      1      1      -      1      1      1      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Favorable             7%     4%     6%     5%     5%     4%
Unfavorable           6      7      6      6      7      6
Hvn't hrd enough     86     89     88     88     87     88
REFUSED               -      1      -      1      1      1
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Favorable             8%     5%     4%     4%     4%     6%    
Unfavorable           6      7      7      5      7      5     
Hvn't hrd enough     86     86     89     90     88     88     
REFUSED               -      1      -      1      1      1     
 
 
18. 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    Hsp
 
Approve              56%    25%    80%    55%    57%    56%    51%    84%    71%
Disapprove           29     60      8     31     31     27     36      5     12
DK/NA                14     15     12     14     11     17     13     12     17
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              60%    54%    52%    60%    56%    56%
Disapprove           32     28     28     23     31     34
DK/NA                 8     18     20     17     13     10
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Approve              70%    57%    48%    58%    50%    65%    
Disapprove           18     29     37     25     35     25     
DK/NA                12     14     14     17     15     10     
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 28  Jul 18  May 16  Apr 12  Feb 29  Nov 28  Feb 20
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2012    2012    2008
                                                                     
Approve              56      46      44      45      48      56      30
Disapprove           29      32      30      31      31      29      31
DK/NA                14      22      26      24      21      14      39
 
 
19. 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    Hsp
 
Approve              49%    28%    65%    48%    50%    47%    47%    55%    52%
Disapprove           33     58     14     34     34     31     38     15     18
DK/NA                19     14     20     18     15     22     15     30     30
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Approve              54%    45%    47%    51%    48%    49%
Disapprove           34     32     24     24     37     40
DK/NA                13     22     29     24     15     11
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Approve              56%    50%    48%    44%    46%    55%    
Disapprove           22     33     36     31     39     31     
DK/NA                22     17     17     25     15     13     
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Frank Lautenberg is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High also 55% Sep 1999 & Jul 1999)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 28  Sep 05  Jul 18  May 16  Apr 12  Jul 27  Feb 20
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2012    2000*   2008
 
Approve              49      44      44      46      46      55      39
Disapprove           33      36      36      34      34      22      31
DK/NA                19      20      20      20      20      23      29
 
 
21. Do you feel that Christopher Christie deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Deserves         67%    93%    41%    74%    67%    66%    72%    44%    61%
No/Does not          25      5     46     19     24     25     21     42     30
DK/NA                 9      2     13      8      9      8      7     14     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes/Deserves         63%    69%    53%    72%    66%    72%
No/Does not          28     23     39     22     26     16
DK/NA                 9      8      8      6      8     12
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Yes/Deserves         56%    63%    74%    66%    76%    55%    
No/Does not          31     28     21     25     17     34     
DK/NA                13      8      6      9      7     11     
 
TREND: Do you feel that Christopher Christie deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Nov 28  Oct 17
                     2012    2012
 
Yes/Deserves         67      52
No/Does not          25      40
DK/NA                 9       8
 
 
23. Which party would you like to see control the New Jersey State Legislature after the elections in November 2013, the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Democratic Party     45%     4%    88%    32%    44%    45%    38%    83%    57%
Republican Party     38     92      4     38     40     37     47      6     21
DK/NA                17      3      8     30     16     18     15     11     22
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Democratic Party     49%    42%    55%    45%    43%    41%
Republican Party     37     39     25     38     40     44
DK/NA                14     19     20     18     16     15
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Democratic Party     58%    46%    40%    45%    35%    54%    
Republican Party     25     36     48     33     50     29     
DK/NA                17     18     12     22     14     17     
 
 
26. Do you think the Republicans in Congress will or will not make a good faith effort to cooperate with President Obama and the Democrats on issues that are important to you?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Will make effort     45%    61%    35%    44%    42%    48%    45%    40%    52%
Will not make effort 49     34     60     50     53     46     50     54     44
DK/NA                 5      6      5      6      5      6      5      5      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Will make effort     45%    46%    49%    45%    42%    48%
Will not make effort 51     49     45     51     52     45
DK/NA                 5      6      6      3      6      7
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Will make effort     54%    43%    49%    41%    42%    44%    
Will not make effort 42     51     47     53     52     51     
DK/NA                 4      6      4      6      6      5     
 
 
27. Do you think President Obama and the Democrats in Congress will or will not make a good faith effort to cooperate with the Republicans on issues that are important to you?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Will make effort     63%    31%    88%    60%    61%    64%    55%    91%    83%
Will not make effort 34     66      9     37     36     32     41      5     16
DK/NA                 4      3      3      3      2      5      4      4      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Will make effort     65%    61%    65%    68%    63%    55%
Will not make effort 31     35     33     27     34     41
DK/NA                 4      4      2      5      3      3
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Will make effort     78%    62%    56%    65%    54%    66%    
Will not make effort 19     34     40     29     43     31     
DK/NA                 3      4      3      6      3      3     
 
 
28. As you may know, Governor Christie ordered a special vote on a tax cut. Legislative Democrats want to wait to see if tax revenues are strong enough to support it. Governor Christie wants an immediate vote. Whose position is closer to your point of view, Governor Christie's or legislative Democrats?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Christie's           45%    78%    19%    47%    45%    45%    50%    18%    37%
Democrats            48     16     75     44     50     46     43     75     57
DK/NA                 7      6      6      8      5      9      7      7      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Christie's           38%    49%    36%    46%    46%    47%
Democrats            56     43     56     48     48     42
DK/NA                 6      8      8      6      5     12
 
                                          Philly        Union  
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds 
 
Christie's           32%    46%    48%    43%    52%    37%    
Democrats            62     48     44     44     42     57     
DK/NA                 6      6      8     12      6      6     
 
TREND: As you may know, Governor Christie ordered a special vote on a tax cut. Legislative Democrats want to wait to see if tax revenues are strong enough to support it. Governor Christie wants an immediate vote. Whose position is closer to your point of view, Governor Christie's or legislative Democrats'?
                     Nov 28  Oct 17  Jul 17
                     2012    2012    2012
 
Christie's           45      39      43
Democrats'           48      52      49
DK/NA                 7       8       7
 
 
29. Some people say that public school teachers who do an outstanding job should be rewarded with additional pay, so called merit pay. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good idea            67%    65%    72%    63%    69%    64%    64%    79%    73%
Bad idea             28     30     24     30     25     30     30     17     24
DK/NA                 6      6      4      7      6      6      6      5      2
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS............
                     Yes    No     18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Good idea            66%    67%    74%    69%    67%    58%
Bad idea             28     27     22     26     28     33
DK/NA                 5      6      4      5      5      9
 
                                          Philly        Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Good idea            68%    69%    67%    63%    65%    59%    69%    67%
Bad idea             27     26     29     30     27     36     26     26
DK/NA                 6      5      4      7      8      5      5      6
 
TREND: Some people say that public school teachers who do an outstanding job should be rewarded with additional pay, so called merit pay. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                                                             GOOD IDEA.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 28  May 17  Mar 01  Jan 19  Apr 21  Mar 01  Jan 19
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2012    2012
 
Good idea            67      70      72      66      69      72      66
Bad idea             28      24      24      30      27      24      30
DK/NA                 6       6       4       5       4       4       5
 
 

Demographic Summary