September 27, 2001 - McGreevey Slips But Still Leads In NJ Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Most Voters Approve Return To Campaigning
Democrat James McGreevey has slipped slightly but still holds a 44 - 30 percent lead over Republican Bret Schundler in the New Jersey governor's race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In an August 7 poll by the independent Quinnipiac University, McGreevey led Schundler 49 - 30 percent, with 17 percent undecided. That undecided vote has increased to 23 percent.

In this latest poll, Democrats back McGreevey 81 - 4 percent, while Republicans back Schundler 68 - 11 percent. Independent voters go with the Democrat 42 - 25 percent.

From September 19 - 24, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,406 New Jersey registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percent.

"Mayor McGreevey was close to that magic 50 percent mark six weeks ago, but it looks like some of his support has slipped to the undecided column," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"He still holds a solid double-digit lead with six weeks to the election."

By a 27 - 11 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of McGreevey, with 22 percent mixed and 38 percent saying they don't know enough to form an opinion. This compares to a 31 - 15 percent favorability in the August 7 Quinnipiac University poll.

Schundler gets a 19 - 15 percent favorability rating, with 19 percent mixed and 46 percent saying they don't know enough to form an opinion. This is little changed from a 20 -18 percent favorability rating August 7.

New Jersey voters say 55 - 40 percent that the candidates should resume the campaigning which had stopped in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

"Voters accept the decision by the candidates to resume campaigning," Carroll said.

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

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu
10. This November there will be an election for Governor in New Jersey. As you may be aware the candidates for governor stopped campaigning because of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Do you think that the candidates should resume campaigning now or not?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 55% 53% 58% 57% 62% 50%

No 40 43 37 41 35 45

DK/NA 5 4 6 3 4 5

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

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 27% 9% 44% 28% 28% 26%

Unfavorable 11 23 2 9 15 7

Mixed 22 24 15 27 21 23

Hvn't hrd enough 38 42 39 35 34 42

REFUSED 2 2 1 1 2 2

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

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 19% 38% 8% 16% 25% 15%

Unfavorable 15 5 25 14 15 14

Mixed 19 13 17 25 18 19

Hvn't hrd enough 46 43 48 44 40 50

REFUSED 1 1 - 1 1 1

13. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were James McGreevey the Democrat and Bret Schundler the Republican for whom would you vote?

                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


McGreevey 44% 11% 81% 42% 40% 46% Schundler 30 68 4 25 35 26

SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 1 1 2 1 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 1 1 2 2 2 DK/NA 23 18 13 29 21 24