October 4, 2000 - Corzine Tops Franks Among New Jersey Likely Voters, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Wealthy Candidate Spending Is Non-Issue, Voters Say
In New Jersey's U.S. Senate race, Democrat Jon Corzine leads Republican Bob Franks 48 - 34 percent among likely voters, with 18 percent undecided, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

Among registered voters, Corzine leads 44 - 30 percent, with 20 percent undecided. In an August 24 poll by the independent Quinnipiac University, Corzine had a 43 - 35 percent lead over Franks among registered voters.

From September 26 - October 1, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,045 New Jersey registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. The sample includes 820 likely voters, with a margin of error of 3.4 percent.

"Rep. Bob Franks' effort to paint Jon Corzine as buying his way into the Senate may be going a bit better than when Gov. Florio tried it during the primary. It still isn't enough; over two-thirds of the voters tell us it simply is not a factor in their choice for U.S. Senator," said Quinnipiac University Political Science Professor Scott McLean.

"After all of Franks' effort, there is no change in the fundamental fact of this campaign: The majority recognizes Corzine but it has not heard enough about Franks. It will come down to which way the undecideds go."

Corzine's favorability among likely New Jersey voters is 26 - 23 percent, with 27 percent mixed and 23 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

Franks has a 17 - 11 percent favorability, with 17 percent mixed and 55 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

Corzine leads 80 - 7 percent among Democrats, while Franks leads 65 - 18 percent among Republicans. Independent voters are split 38 - 39 percent, with 23 percent undecided.

If a wealthy candidate uses his own money to fund a campaign, 7 percent of New Jersey voters say they would be more likely to vote for him, while 19 percent say they would be less likely and 71 percent say it does not make a difference. Results are consistent among Democrats, Republicans and independent voters.

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 Christine Whitman is handling her job as Governor of New Jersey?

                          .............  Likely Voters  .............
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 57% 75% 43% 56% 60% 55%

Disapprove 34 17 46 35 32 35

DK/NA 9 8 11 9 8 10



2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as President?
                          .............  Likely Voters  .............
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 61% 25% 90% 58% 57% 63%

Disapprove 37 71 8 40 40 34

DK/NA 3 4 2 2 2 3



4 Is your opinion of Bob Franks favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                          .............  Likely Voters  .............
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 17% 33% 6% 17% 22% 14%

Unfavorable 11 8 17 8 12 10

Mixed 17 15 15 20 19 15

Hvn't hrd enough 55 44 61 55 47 61

REFUSED - - 1 - - 1



Registered Voters ......................... Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom

Favorable 15% 29% 6% 15% 19% 11%

Unfavorable 10 8 15 7 11 9

Mixed 15 14 13 18 16 14

Hvn't hrd enough 60 47 66 59 53 65

REFUSED 1 2 1 - 1 1



5. Is your opinion of Jon Corzine favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                          .............  Likely Voters  .............
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 26% 18% 37% 23% 26% 26%

Unfavorable 23 37 11 25 29 19

Mixed 27 27 28 29 25 29

Hvn't hrd enough 23 18 23 23 20 25

REFUSED 1 1 1 - - 1



Registered Voters ......................... Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom

Favorable 22% 16% 31% 19% 22% 22%

Unfavorable 21 33 11 22 26 17

Mixed 27 26 27 29 25 28

Hvn't hrd enough 30 24 29 29 26 32

REFUSED 1 1 1 1 - 1



6. If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Jon Corzine the Democrat and Bob Franks the Republican for whom would you vote?
                          .............  Likely Voters  .............
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Corzine 48% 18% 80% 38% 43% 52% Franks 34 65 7 39 41 28

DK/NA 18 18 13 23 16 20



Registered Voters ......................... Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom

Corzine 44% 17% 73% 37% 40% 48% Franks 30 62 7 33 36 26

WLDN'T VOTE (VOL) 5 3 5 5 6 4 DK/NA 20 19 15 25 18 22



19. In general, if a wealthy candidate relies on their own money to fund their political campaign, does that make you more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely to vote for that candidate, or doesn't it make a difference?

                          .............  Likely Voters  .............
                          Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


More likely 7% 7% 6% 6% 8% 6%

Less likely 19 15 20 20 19 20

Doesn't make a diff. 71 75 69 72 71 72

DK/NA 3 3 4 2 2 3