March 9, 2004 - New Jersey Voters Back Taxes On Butts, Bad Drivers, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But Voters Disapprove Of McGreevey And Overall Budget
New Jersey voters approve 65 - 32 percent of a proposal to hike the tax on cigarettes by 45 cents a pack, and voters approve 66 - 30 of a $200 surcharge on unsafe drivers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

But Gov. McGreevey still has a negative 38 - 47 percent approval rating, compared to a negative 34 - 52 percent approval in a November 12 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Voters disapprove 58 - 31 percent of Gov. McGreevey's overall handling of the budget and they also reject several of his major proposals, including:
  • 77 - 20 percent oppose hiking taxes on sales of homes costing more than $150,000;
  • 61 -34 percent oppose a petroleum tax to fund transportation projects;
  • 48 - 42 percent oppose a $50 million plan to fund stem cell research.
"There has been a slight increase in Gov. McGreevey's approval rating, but for the most part, New Jersey voters don't like what he is doing. Voters don't like his budget; they don't like how he is handling the economy; they don't agree when he says things are getting better and they particularly don't like how he is handling property taxes," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Voters approve of his tax hike on cigarettes and his surcharge on bad drivers, mostly because they don't smoke or get caught for speeding, so they're not directly impacted. They overwhelmingly reject his tax on petroleum products because they expect to pay for it out of their own pockets in the end," Richards added.

Looking at the Governor's handling of issues:
  • Voters approve 44 - 42 percent of his handling of education;
  • Voters disapprove 56 - 33 percent of his handling of the economy and jobs;
  • Voters disapprove 67 - 20 percent of his handling of property taxes.
A total of 44 percent of New Jersey voters are "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with the way things are going in the Garden State, while 55 percent are "dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied." The state's economy is "excellent" or "good," 44 percent say, as 54 percent say the economy is "not so good" or "poor."

Voters who say the economy is "not so good" or "poor" spread the blame around, with 22 percent saying President George W. Bush is responsible; 27 percent blaming McGreevey; 22 percent blaming former Gov. Christine Whitman and 15 percent blaming the State Legislature.

President Bush gets a negative 44 - 52 percent job approval rating in New Jersey.

"New Jersey voters are very concerned about the state's economy. A majority think the economy is in bad shape and won't get better this year. But the Governor isn't the only one who gets the rap; he shares the blame with his predecessor, Gov. Whitman, the President and the legislature," Richards said.

From February 29 - March 7, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,210 New Jersey registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and nationally as a public service and for research. For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu and quicklinks or call (203) 582-5201.

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way James McGreevey is handling his job as Governor?

                       App     Dis     DK/NA


Mar 9, 2004 38 47 15 Nov 12, 2003 34 52 14 Sep 24, 2003 35 52 14 Jul 17, 2003 35 49 16 Jun 18, 2003 35 47 18 Apr 2, 2003 38 44 18 Jan 29, 2003 40 41 18 Dec 11, 2002 37 42 21 Oct 7, 2002 44 43 13 Sep 12, 2002 41 36 23 Aug 8, 2002 42 34 25 Jun 20, 2002 43 30 27 Apr 24, 2002 40 32 28 Mar 7, 2002 46 22 32 Jan 31, 2002 42 19 39



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                       App     Dis     DK/NA


Mar 9, 2004 34 47 19 Nov 12, 2003 30 51 19 Sep 24, 2003 33 49 18 Jul 17, 2003 32 48 20 Jun 18, 2003 30 46 24 Apr 2, 2003 38 39 24



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jon Corzine is handling his job as United States Senator?



                       App     Dis     DK/NA


Mar 9, 2004 47 28 25 Nov 12, 2003 44 30 26 Sep 24, 2003 48 30 22 Jul 17, 2003 48 27 26 Jun 18, 2003 44 30 26 Apr 2, 2003 46 29 25 Jan 29, 2003 47 23 30 Dec 11, 2002 47 22 30 Oct 7, 2002 52 26 22 Sep 12, 2002 47 19 33 Aug 8, 2002 49 19 31 Jun 19, 2002 46 18 36 Apr 24, 2002 48 20 32 Mar 6, 2002 51 20 29 Jan 30, 2002 51 15 33 Oct 18, 2001 51 19 29 Aug 7, 2001 50 21 29 Jul 5, 2001 48 22 30 May 14, 2001 49 20 31 Apr 11, 2001 46 21 33 Mar 8, 2001 43 21 36 Feb 8, 2001 35 18 47



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Frank Lautenberg is handling his job as United States Senator?

                       App     Dis     DK/NA


Mar 9, 2004 44 33 23 Nov 12, 2003 45 33 23 Sep 24, 2003 48 34 18 Jul 17, 2003 43 33 24 Jun 18, 2003 41 34 25 Apr 2, 2003 44 32 24 Jan 29, 2003 42 27 32 Dec 6, 2000 52 20 27 Aug 24, 2000 51 21 28 Jul 27, 2000 55 22 23 Mar 29, 2000 53 22 25 Feb 23, 2000 52 23 25 Sep 23, 1999 55 25 20 Jul 22, 1999 55 25 20 Mar 31, 1999 54 25 21 Feb 12, 1999 52 29 19 Nov 12, 1998 52 26 22 Aug 10, 1998 50 24 26 Apr 23, 1998 51 25 23 Mar 4, 1998 52 23 25 Oct 22, 1997 51 26 23 Sep 16, 1997 53 26 22 Jul 29, 1997 50 25 26 Apr 10, 1997 52 25 23 Feb 8, 1996 43 32 26



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?

                       App     Dis     DK/NA


Mar 9, 2004 44 52 5 Nov 13, 2003 47 50 3 Sep 25, 2003 49 47 4 Jul 17, 2003 53 43 4 Jun 19, 2003 58 39 3 Apr 1, 2003 67 29 4 Jan 29, 2003 54 42 4 Dec 11, 2002 58 36 5 Oct 7, 2002 62 34 5 Sep 12, 2002 64 30 6 Aug 8, 2002 61 32 7 Jun 19, 2002 73 21 7 Apr 24, 2002 77 18 5 Mar 7, 2002 77 18 5 Jan 30, 2002 82 13 6 Oct 18, 2001 90 7 3 Sep 26, 2001 88 8 5 Aug 7, 2001 52 42 6 Jul 5, 2001 53 42 5 May 14, 2001 57 35 7 Apr 11, 2001 57 34 9 Mar 8, 2001 62 26 12 Feb 8, 2001 51 28 21



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?

                       Very    Smwht   Smwht   Very
                       sat     sat     dis     dis     DK/NA


Mar 9, 2004 4 40 36 19 1 Nov 12, 2003 3 37 35 23 1 Sep 24, 2003 4 41 33 22 1 Jul 17, 2003 4 42 35 18 1 Jun 18, 2003 5 39 34 21 2 Apr 2, 2003 4 42 37 16 2 Jan 29, 2003 3 42 33 20 1 Dec 11, 2002 4 47 31 17 1 Jun 20, 2002 5 48 31 15 1 Mar 7, 2002 4 50 30 14 2 Dec 26, 2000 10 61 21 7 1 Feb 12, 1999 11 60 21 7 - Oct 22, 1997 8 53 26 12 1 Sep 16, 1997 9 48 27 15 - Jun 25, 1997 9 50 28 13 1 Apr 10, 1997 7 52 29 11 1 Feb 20, 1997 11 56 23 10 1 Dec 11, 1996 8 49 31 12 1



1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way James McGreevey is handling his job as Governor?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Approve 38% 22% 53% 36% 39% 37% 41% Disapprove 47 65 31 49 51 44 50 DK/NA 15 13 17 15 11 19 9

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 47% 38% 38% 39% 28% Disapprove 36 47 45 48 58 DK/NA 17 15 17 14 14



2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Approve 34% 27% 42% 31% 32% 35% 36% Disapprove 47 56 36 53 51 44 46 DK/NA 19 17 22 16 17 20 18

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 39% 33% 34% 36% 28% Disapprove 41 48 49 45 52 DK/NA 20 18 17 19 19



3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jon Corzine is handling his job as United States Senator?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Approve 47% 37% 58% 46% 51% 44% 48% Disapprove 28 42 16 29 28 28 34 DK/NA 25 21 27 25 21 28 19

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 50% 51% 49% 36% 48% Disapprove 28 28 28 28 29 DK/NA 22 21 23 35 23



4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Frank Lautenberg is handling his job as United States Senator?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Approve 44% 36% 55% 42% 46% 43% 47% Disapprove 33 48 20 34 36 30 32 DK/NA 23 17 26 24 18 27 21

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 46% 46% 47% 40% 41% Disapprove 27 34 39 30 33 DK/NA 26 21 15 31 26



5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Approve 44% 81% 16% 42% 49% 40% 41% Disapprove 52 18 80 51 48 54 54 DK/NA 5 2 3 7 3 6 5

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 34% 41% 50% 46% 50% Disapprove 61 55 47 51 43 DK/NA 5 4 3 4 7



6. James McGreevey will be up for re-election in 2005. Would you like to see James McGreevey re-elected Governor, or would you rather see someone else elected Governor?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Yes/Re-elected 28% 16% 44% 25% 27% 29% 29% No/Someone else 55 73 39 59 57 54 55 DK/NA 16 12 17 16 16 16 16

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Yes/Re-elected 36% 29% 26% 30% 20% No/Someone else 46 55 55 56 63 DK/NA 18 16 18 14 17



7. 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?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Very satisfied 4% 4% 4% 4% 5% 3% 3% Smwht satisfied 40 31 49 38 40 40 41 Smwht dissatisfied 36 37 36 38 33 39 35 Very dissatisfied 19 27 11 20 22 17 21 DK/NA 1 1 - - - 1 -

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Very satisfied 4% 3% 3% 3% 7% Smwht satisfied 40 44 47 38 30 Smwht dissatisfied 37 36 33 39 36 Very dissatisfied 18 16 16 19 27 DK/NA 1 1 - - -



8. Would you say that James McGreevey has strong leadership qualities or not?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Yes 42% 30% 55% 37% 41% 43% 45% No 50 66 37 52 52 48 47 DK/NA 9 4 8 11 8 10 8

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Yes 38% 44% 38% 45% 39% No 47 48 54 44 56 DK/NA 15 8 8 10 5



9. Would you say that James McGreevey is honest and trustworthy or not?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Yes 43% 36% 56% 40% 44% 42% 42% No 42 53 32 43 43 40 45 DK/NA 15 11 13 17 12 17 13

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Yes 49% 46% 44% 41% 35% No 32 40 43 43 51 DK/NA 19 14 13 16 14



10. Would you say that James McGreevey cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Yes 40% 28% 53% 38% 39% 41% 43% No 51 64 38 55 53 49 52 DK/NA 9 8 8 6 7 10 4

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Yes 48% 45% 38% 38% 31% No 45 47 53 52 60 DK/NA 7 9 9 9 9



11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way James McGreevey is handling the state budget?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Approve 31% 22% 41% 30% 32% 30% 30% Disapprove 58 70 45 61 60 56 62 DK/NA 11 8 13 9 8 14 8

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 37% 32% 34% 29% 23% Disapprove 52 56 57 58 66 DK/NA 12 12 9 13 11



12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way James McGreevey is handling education?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Approve 44% 39% 51% 43% 47% 42% 47% Disapprove 42 49 36 44 40 44 42 DK/NA 13 11 13 13 13 14 11

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 47% 49% 40% 44% 38% Disapprove 41 39 42 42 49 DK/NA 11 11 19 15 13



13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way James McGreevey is handling the economy and jobs?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Approve 33% 28% 40% 30% 34% 32% 35% Disapprove 56 63 49 59 56 56 57 DK/NA 11 9 11 11 10 12 8

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 35% 33% 32% 34% 31% Disapprove 55 58 52 53 60 DK/NA 10 10 16 13 9



14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way James McGreevey is handling property taxes?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Approve 20% 16% 30% 17% 20% 21% 23% Disapprove 67 78 56 70 71 65 70 DK/NA 12 6 14 13 9 15 7

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 26% 21% 23% 19% 15% Disapprove 64 67 65 68 73 DK/NA 10 12 12 13 13



15. Would you describe the state of New Jersey's economy these days as: Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Excellent 2% 3% 2% 2% 3% 2% 3% Good 42 39 44 41 47 37 43 Not so good 42 42 41 44 38 46 40 Poor 12 14 10 12 11 13 12 DK/NA 2 1 3 1 1 2 2

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Excellent 5% 1% 3% 1% 3% Good 37 43 50 35 41 Not so good 49 41 38 43 42 Poor 8 14 8 17 12 DK/NA 2 2 1 3 1



16. During the next 12 months, do you think the economic conditions in New Jersey will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Get better 31% 36% 29% 30% 36% 27% 32% Get worse 12 13 14 10 11 14 11 Stay the same 53 49 54 56 51 55 55 DK/NA 3 2 4 4 2 4 2

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Get better 29% 34% 37% 29% 25% Get worse 11 10 9 16 17 Stay the same 59 54 52 47 54 DK/NA - 2 2 8 3



17. Would you say that you are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Better off 38% 40% 43% 32% 41% 35% 39% Worse off 37 38 32 41 35 39 37 SAME(VOL) 23 21 23 26 23 23 24 DK/NA 2 1 2 1 - 3 1

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Better off 39% 39% 38% 36% 36% Worse off 36 38 39 37 37 SAME(VOL) 20 22 23 27 25 DK/NA 5 1 - - 2



18. Do you think the state's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Better 18% 19% 17% 18% 23% 15% 19% Worse 26 26 26 25 20 31 26 Same 54 53 56 55 56 53 54 DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1 2 1

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Better 21% 19% 24% 13% 15% Worse 21 23 22 34 30 Same 57 57 53 50 53 DK/NA 1 2 2 2 1



19. Who do you think is most responsible for New Jersey's current economic conditions; President Bush, Governor McGreevey, former Governor Whitman or the state legislature?
                            STATE OF ECONOMY Q15
                    Tot     Ex/Good NtGood/Poor


Bush 23% 22% 22% McGreevey 24 21 27 Whitman 23 25 22 Legislature 15 16 15 OTHER(VOL) 5 4 5 DK/NA 10 11 9



20. Do you approve or disapprove of raising the tax on a pack of cigarettes 45 cents?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Approve 65% 63% 69% 62% 66% 64% 67% Disapprove 32 34 27 34 31 33 32 DK/NA 3 3 3 4 3 4 1

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 74% 63% 64% 64% 60% Disapprove 24 33 32 33 37 DK/NA 2 4 4 4 3



21. Do you approve or disapprove of increasing taxes on sales of homes worth more than 150 thousand dollars?
                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Approve 20% 14% 26% 20% 21% 19% 20% Disapprove 77 85 67 78 77 77 79 DK/NA 3 1 6 2 2 4 1

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 22% 17% 15% 30% 19% Disapprove 77 81 82 62 80 DK/NA 1 2 4 8 1



22. Do you approve or disapprove of increasing the surcharge on those convicted of driving offenses, including a new 200 dollar surcharge for unsafe driving?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Approve 66% 65% 69% 65% 62% 70% 62% Disapprove 30 32 26 33 36 26 37 DK/NA 4 3 5 2 2 4 2

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 72% 66% 68% 65% 62% Disapprove 26 31 28 30 35 DK/NA 3 4 4 5 3



23. Do you approve or disapprove of a tax on petroleum products with the proceeds used to fund state transportation projects?
                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Approve 34% 29% 40% 31% 34% 33% 34% Disapprove 61 68 53 65 63 60 64 DK/NA 5 2 7 5 3 7 2

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 41% 38% 31% 33% 24% Disapprove 52 57 62 62 74 DK/NA 7 5 7 5 3



24. Do you approve or disapprove of Governor McGreevey's 50 million dollar plan to create and fund a New Jersey institute for human stem cell research?

                                                                   Union
                    Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HsHolds


Approve 42% 38% 47% 40% 43% 42% 42% Disapprove 48 56 43 51 49 48 51 DK/NA 9 6 10 9 8 11 7

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore Approve 47% 45% 43% 36% 41% Disapprove 45 46 49 53 50 DK/NA 8 9 8 12 9