April 11, 2001 - DiFrancesco Slips Against McGreevey In NJ Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Schundler Inches Up In Republican Primary
Republican Gov. Donald DiFrancesco has slipped slightly in a match-up with Democrat James McGreevey in the New Jersey governor's race. McGreevey leads 42 - 33 percent with 21 percent undecided, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In a March 8 poll by the independent Quinnipiac University, DiFrancesco had gained ground and trailed McGreevey 41 - 37 percent, with 19 percent undecided.

In this latest poll, McGreevey leads Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler 43 - 27 percent, with 26 percent undecided, compared to a 45 - 31 percent lead March 8.

DiFrancesco leads Schundler among Republican Primary voters 39 - 27 percent, with 30 percent undecided, compared to a 46 - 24 percent lead March 8.

From April 3 - 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,145 New Jersey registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent. The survey included 357 registered Republican voters with a margin of error of +/- 5.2 percent.

"The bad news for acting Governor DiFrancesco is that he's lost ground to Mayor McGreevey in the general election face-off, and Mayor Schundler is creeping up on him in the Republican primary matchup," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The good news is that neither McGreevey nor Schundler have picked up much of the votes DiFrancesco lost in the last month. These votes seem to be moving from DiFrancesco to the undecided column," Carroll added.

"Still McGreevey has a solid lead over either Republican."

By a 24 - 14 percent margin New Jersey voters have a favorable opinion of DiFrancesco, with 24 percent mixed and 38 percent who don't know enough to form an opinion. Last month, DiFrancesco had a 23- 10 percent favorability, with 46 percent who didn't know enough to form an opinion.

McGreevey gets a 19 - 9 percent favorability, with 14 percent mixed and 57 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion, little changed from last month.

Schundler's favorability is 14 - 6 percent, with 8 percent mixed and 71 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion, identical with last month.

New Jersey voters approve 43 -20 percent of the job DiFrancesco is doing as governor, with 37 percent undecided, compared to 40 - 11 percent March 8.

"DiFrancesco has been the subject of lots of negative headlines in recent weeks and it seems to have taken a toll on his approval rating and his favorability. His positive scores have been largely unchanged, while his negatives have gone up," Carroll said.

"Here also, DiFrancesco's loss has not produced gains for McGreevey or Schundler. McGreevey came within a whisker of being elected four years ago, but more than half of New Jersey's registered voters don't have a clear image of him today. And Schundler has hardly made a blip on the voters' radar."

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu
1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald DiFrancesco is handling his job as acting Governor of New Jersey?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 43% 52% 36% 42% 44% 42% Disapprove 20 14 25 22 23 18 DK/NA 37 33 39 36 33 40

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Torricelli is handling his job as United States Senator?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 44% 40% 50% 43% 42% 46% Disapprove 30 38 21 30 38 22 DK/NA 26 22 29 27 20 32

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

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 46% 34% 58% 47% 42% 50% Disapprove 21 34 11 19 27 16 DK/NA 33 32 31 34 32 34

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

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 57% 89% 28% 55% 63% 52% Disapprove 34 8 59 35 29 38 DK/NA 9 3 13 10 8 10

5. Is your opinion of James McGreevey favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 19% 13% 26% 21% 23% 16%

Unfavorable 9 16 3 7 12 7

Mixed 14 14 12 14 14 13

Hvn't hrd enough 57 54 58 58 50 63

REFUSED 1 2 1 1 1 1

6. Is your opinion of Bret Schundler favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 14% 22% 8% 12% 18% 11%

Unfavorable 6 5 8 6 6 6

Mixed 8 7 8 9 8 8

Hvn't hrd enough 71 65 75 73 67 75

REFUSED 1 1 1 1 1 -

7. Is your opinion of Donald DiFrancesco favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 24% 31% 19% 23% 26% 21%

Unfavorable 14 8 17 15 16 12

Mixed 24 24 21 27 24 24

Hvn't hrd enough 38 37 42 34 32 42

REFUSED 1 - 1 1 1 1

8. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were James McGreevy the Democrat and Donald DiFrancesco the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


McGreevey 42% 13% 75% 39% 40% 45% DiFrancesco 33 66 7 31 39 28 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 - 2 1 - WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 3 1 3 2 3 DK/NA 21 18 17 25 18 25

9. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were James McGreevy the Democrat and Brett Schundler the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


McGreevey 43% 14% 78% 41% 40% 46% Schundler 27 59 4 21 32 23 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 2 - 2 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 2 1 4 2 3 DK/NA 26 23 18 32 25 27

10. (If registered Republican)If the Republican primary for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Donald DiFrancesco and Bret Schundler for whom would you vote?
                          Registered Republicans  


DiFrancesco 39% Schundler 27 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 DK/NA 30