June 18, 2003 - McGreevey Approval Drops To Lowest Point Ever, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But State Legislature Also Takes A Hit In New Jersey
New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey has a negative 35 - 47 percent overall approval rating from voters, the lowest for a Garden State Governor in seven years, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Gov. McGreevey had a negative 38 - 44 percent approval in an April 2 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. McGreevey's previous low - a negative 37 - 42 percent approval, came in December 11, 2002.

Democrats approve of the Governor 55 - 28 percent, while Republicans disapprove 68 - 17 percent and independent voters disapprove 52 - 31 percent.

Voters give the State Legislature a negative 30 - 46 percent approval, a big drop from the 38 - 39 percent split in the April 2 poll.

"Gov. McGreevey's approval number has hit a new low and more New Jersey voters than ever disapprove of how he is doing his job. That's not surprising since nothing has changed in the state budget crisis; the most popular programs still face major cutbacks; more negative stories emerge about McGreevey aides, and the Governor is squabbling with the gambling industry. Only one in four voters want to see him re-elected and only 40 percent of the members of his own Democratic Party are in his corner," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"If it is any consolation for the Governor, the approval rating of the State Legislature is lower than his, and has fallen further since April. The voters know the Legislature shares the blame for not finding a budget solution," Richards added.

"Much of what's going on in New Jersey reflects the climate of the times. Governors everywhere in the nation are battling low approval numbers while trying to manage huge budget deficits.

The voter malaise leaves U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine with a 44 - 30 percent approval, while Sen. Frank Lautenberg gets 41 - 34 percent score.

Only 24 percent of New Jersey voters, including 40 percent of Democrats want to see McGreevey elected to a second term, while 56 percent want a new governor.

The Governor gets negative approval ratings for handling key issues:
  • 30 - 56 percent for the state budget;
  • 39 - 46 percent for education;
  • 31 - 57 percent for the economy and jobs;
  • 23 - 63 percent for car insurance;
  • 23 - 52 percent for appointments to high level positions.
McGreevey's only positive measure is that voters say 46 - 40 percent that he is honest and trustworthy. He gets negative scores on other character traits, including:
  • 41 - 48 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
  • 40 - 49 percent that he cares about voter needs and problems;
  • 34 - 54 percent that he has given New Jersey a government to be proud of.
From June 11 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed 815 New Jersey registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 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 of New Jersey?

                         App        Dis       DK/NA


June 18, 2003 35% 47% 18% April 2, 2003 38 44 18 January 29, 2003 40 41 18 December 11, 2002 37 42 21 September 12, 2002 41 36 23 August 8, 2002 42 34 25 June 20, 2002 43 30 27 April 24, 2002 40 32 28 March 7, 2002 46 22 32 January 31, 2002 42 19 39



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christine Whitman is handling her job as Governor?
                         App        Dis       DK/NA


December 6, 2000 61% 30% 9% August 24, 2000 56 33 12 July 27, 2000 55 37 8 June 28, 2000 54 34 12 May 10, 2000 59 32 9 March 30, 2000 51 39 11 February 23, 2000 54 37 9 September 23, 1999 58 35 7 July 22, 1999 55 37 8 June 9, 1999 55 37 8 March 31, 1999 52 40 8 February 12, 1999 58 33 10 November 12, 1998 55 37 7 August 10, 1998 56 38 6 April 23, 1998 58 37 6 March 4, 1998 58 38 4 October 22, 1997 53 43 4 September 16, 1997 55 41 3 July 29, 1997 51 43 5 June 24, 1997 53 42 5 April 10, 1997 52 43 5 February 18, 1997 62 32 5 December 11, 1996 53 35 12 October 23, 1996 60 31 9 September 29, 1996 51 38 11 June 25, 1996 57 36 7 April 3, 1996 59 31 9 February 8, 1996 56 33 11



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


June 18, 2003 44% 30% 26% April 2, 2003 46 29 25 January 29,2003 47 23 30 December 11,2002 47 22 30 September 12,2002 47 19 33 August 8, 2002 49 19 31 June 19,2002 46 18 36 April 24, 2002 48 20 32 March 6, 2002 51 20 29 January 30, 2002 51 15 33 October 18, 2001 51 19 29 August 7, 2001 50 21 29 July 5, 2001 48 22 30 May 14, 2001 49 20 31 April 11, 2001 46 21 33 March 8, 2001 43 21 36 February 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


June 18, 2003 41% 34% 25% April 2, 2003 44 32 24 January 29, 2003 42 27 32 December 6, 2000 52 20 27 August 24, 2000 51 21 28 July 27, 2000 55 22 23 March 29, 2000 53 22 25 February 23, 2000 52 23 25 September 23, 1999 55 25 20 July 22, 1999 55 25 20 March 31, 1999 54 25 21 February 12, 1999 52 29 19 November 12, 1998 52 26 22 August 10, 1998 50 24 26 April 23, 1998 51 25 23 March 4, 1998 52 23 25 October 22, 1997 51 26 23 September 16, 1997 53 26 22 July 29, 1997 50 25 26 April 10, 1997 52 25 23 February 8, 1996 43 32 26



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


June 18, 2003 5% 39% 34% 21% 2% April 2, 2003 4 42 37 16 2 January 29, 2003 3 42 33 20 1 December 11, 2002 4 47 31 17 1 June 20, 2002 5 48 31 15 1 March 7, 2002 4 50 30 14 2 December 26, 2000 10 61 21 7 1 February 12, 1999 11 60 21 7 - October 22, 1997 8 53 26 12 1 September 16, 1997 9 48 27 15 - June 25, 1997 9 50 28 13 1 April 10, 1997 7 52 29 11 1 February 20, 1997 11 56 23 10 1 December 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    HouseHld


Approve 35% 17% 55% 31% 35% 35% 34% Disapprove 47 68 28 52 51 44 50 DK/NA 18 15 17 17 15 20 17

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 47% 33% 24% 35% 36% Disapprove 31 53 56 46 48 DK/NA 22 15 19 20 17



2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Approve 30% 28% 40% 23% 29% 31% 36% Disapprove 46 52 34 54 50 42 41 DK/NA 24 21 26 23 22 27 23

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 43% 28% 27% 25% 30% Disapprove 35 51 47 45 45 DK/NA 22 22 26 30 25



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    HouseHld


Approve 44% 27% 61% 41% 45% 43% 44% Disapprove 30 46 17 32 35 25 30 DK/NA 26 27 22 26 20 31 26

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 54% 43% 37% 38% 49% Disapprove 24 34 29 31 27 DK/NA 22 23 33 31 24



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    HouseHld


Approve 41% 25% 57% 41% 38% 44% 52% Disapprove 34 53 18 34 41 28 24 DK/NA 25 22 25 26 22 28 24

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 54% 35% 36% 43% 42% Disapprove 25 42 32 27 35 DK/NA 21 22 32 30 23



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    HouseHld


Yes/Re-elected 24% 10% 40% 20% 22% 25% 30% No/Someone else 56 75 42 56 59 53 50 DK/NA 20 15 18 24 18 21 20

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Yes/Re-elected 27% 23% 18% 27% 24% No/Someone else 49 56 60 57 60 DK/NA 24 21 21 17 16



13. 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    HouseHld


Very satisfied 5% 2% 6% 5% 5% 4% 45 Smwht satisfied 39 36 48 33 36 42 41 Smwht dissatisfied 34 35 30 37 37 32 34 Very dissatisfied 21 25 13 25 22 20 19 DK/NA 2 1 3 - 1 2 2

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Very satisfied 5% 4% 5% 6% 4% Smwht satisfied 46 38 40 37 35 Smwht dissatisfied 31 35 42 30 32 Very dissatisfied 17 20 11 27 28 DK/NA - 3 1 - 2



14. Which party would you like to see control the New Jersey State Legislature fter the elections in November - the Democratic Party or Republican Party?

                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Democratic Party 49% 5% 90% 42% 41% 55% 55% Republican Party 40 89 6 35 46 34 29 DK/NA 12 6 4 23 13 11 16

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Democratic Party 61% 48% 34% 50% 48% Republican Party 31 41 51 36 40 DK/NA 9 11 15 15 13



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

                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Yes 41% 27% 55% 38% 44% 39% 42% No 48 66 33 52 49 48 44 DK/NA 10 7 12 10 7 13 14

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Yes 49% 39% 38% 40% 43% No 38 52 54 46 49 DK/NA 13 9 8 14 8



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

                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Yes 46% 30% 63% 43% 45% 47% 47% No 40 56 25 42 44 36 38 DK/NA 14 14 12 15 11 17 15

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Yes 54% 42% 41% 46% 49% No 28 46 44 36 41 DK/NA 17 12 16 18 10



17. 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    HouseHld


Yes 40% 25% 58% 36% 43% 37% 37% No 49 68 30 54 48 50 49 DK/NA 11 7 11 10 8 13 14

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Yes 55% 39% 34% 37% 36% No 31 52 56 49 55 DK/NA 15 9 10 14 8



18. Would you say that James McGreevey has given New Jersey a government to be proud of or not?
                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Yes 34% 16% 53% 30% 32% 35% 40% No 54 72 35 59 57 50 48 DK/NA 13 12 13 12 11 15 11

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Yes 46% 32% 23% 34% 32% No 37 58 62 51 58 DK/NA 18 10 14 14 10



19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way James McGreevey is handling -- the state budget?
                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Approve 30% 17% 42% 29% 31% 28% 27% Disapprove 56 67 44 60 57 56 57 DK/NA 14 16 13 11 11 16 16

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 33% 31% 28% 31% 24% Disapprove 50 58 65 50 59 DK/NA 17 11 7 18 17



20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way James McGreevey is handling -- education?
                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Approve 39% 25% 53% 38% 40% 39% 38% Disapprove 46 57 36 49 47 46 49 DK/NA 14 18 11 14 13 16 14

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 43% 39% 42% 34% 39% Disapprove 39 49 47 48 47 DK/NA 19 13 11 18 14



21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way James McGreevey is handling -- the economy and jobs?
                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Approve 31% 16% 47% 28% 30% 31% 34% Disapprove 57 71 43 61 59 56 52 DK/NA 12 14 10 11 11 13 14

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 35% 29% 28% 30% 33% Disapprove 51 59 61 59 54 DK/NA 14 12 11 11 13



22. Do you approve or disapprove of the way James McGreevey is handling -- car insurance?
                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Approve 23% 15% 30% 24% 24% 23% 24% Disapprove 63 74 56 63 65 62 57 DK/NA 13 11 14 13 11 15 19

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 25% 21% 23% 28% 22% Disapprove 61 65 65 57 67 DK/NA 14 14 12 14 12



23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way James McGreevey is handling -- appointments to high level positions?
                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Approve 23% 12% 36% 19% 25% 21% 23% Disapprove 52 62 39 59 55 50 53 DK/NA 25 25 25 22 20 29 24

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 30% 21% 20% 24% 23% Disapprove 35 57 55 52 58 DK/NA 35 22 25 24 19