July 5, 2001 - Torricelli Gets First Negative Approval Rating, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; DiFrancesco Bounces Back
New Jersey Sen. Robert Torricelli's approval rating continues to slide and the Democrat now has a negative 37 - 35 percent approval rating for the first time, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In a February 8 poll by the independent Quinnipiac University, Sen. Torricelli had a 46 - 22 percent approval. His approval numbers have dropped while his disapproval numbers have climbed in every poll since then.

From June 27 - July 1, Quinnipiac University surveyed 851 New Jersey registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percent.

"The constant hammering is taking its toll on Sen. Torricelli. While the principal media focus in New Jersey has been on the governor's race, there have been almost daily media reports about a federal investigation into Torricelli fund-raising," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Meanwhile, acting Gov. Donald DiFrancesco, who had his own brush with negative media, has bounced back since he got out of the governor's race and started making announcements about new sports facilities."

Gov. DiFrancesco has a 48 - 22 percent approval rating among New Jersey voters, up from a 42 - 27 percent approval in a May 14 Quinnipiac University poll.

Freshman Sen. Jon Corzine also has a 48 -22 percent approval, little changed from his May 14 rating.

President Bush's approval rating among Garden State voters is 53 - 42 percent, a slip from his 57 - 35 percent approval May 14.

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

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


July 5, 2001 35% 37% 28% May 14, 2001 41 34 25 April 11, 2001 44 30 26 March 8, 2001 45 29 27 February 8, 2001 46 22 33



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 48% 59% 42% 45% 48% 49%

Disapprove 22 15 27 23 26 18

DK/NA 30 27 31 32 26 34

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 35% 25% 45% 35% 36% 35%

Disapprove 37 51 26 35 43 32

DK/NA 28 24 29 29 21 33

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 48% 29% 68% 47% 46% 49%

Disapprove 22 38 10 20 27 18

DK/NA 30 33 22 33 27 33

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 53% 87% 26% 50% 56% 51%

Disapprove 42 11 68 44 39 44

DK/NA 5 2 6 7 5 5