January 27, 2005 - New Jersey Voters Oppose Gas Tax Hike 3-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Stem Cell Research, But Mixed On Funding It
By a 71 - 23 percent margin, New Jersey voters oppose hiking the gasoline tax to help balance the state budget, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Opposition to a gas tax hike drops to 57 - 39 percent if the money is used to finance road improvements.

Opposition to a gas tax hike is strong among men and women, Democrats, Republicans and independent voters and urban, suburban and rural voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

New Jersey voters support stem cell research 68 - 20 percent, but support by a narrower 47 - 42 percent margin a proposal by Acting Governor Richard Codey to spend $380 million in state funds for this research.

"Voters almost never support a tax increase, so it's significant that four in ten New Jersey voters would back a gasoline tax hike - if it went to improve the state's highways. Support drops dramatically when voters are asked to support a gasoline tax hike to balance the budget," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"New Jersey voters overwhelmingly support stem cell research, but backing declines sharply when an expensive price tag is put on the program. Even then, a plurality support Acting Gov. Codey's proposal which would make the state a leader in stem cell research," Richards added.

By a 74 - 20 percent margin New Jersey voters say it's a "good idea" to amend the state constitution to create an office of lieutenant governor, where a candidate is elected along with the governor and serves as governor if the governor is unable to complete the term.

Voters also say 78 - 10 percent that it's a "good idea" to have a constitutional convention after the 2005 elections to restructure New Jersey's property tax system.

"It's not surprising that voters overwhelmingly want constitutional changes to cut property taxes and to create the post of lieutenant governor in New Jersey. Property taxes have long been identified in Quinnipiac University polls as the number one problem in the state," Richards said.

"And New Jersey voters have seen twice in four years the problems that develop when a governor resigns leaving the Senate president as acting governor."

From January 18 - 24, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,215 New Jersey registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida 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 George W. Bush is handling his job as President?

                        App     Dis     DK/NA


Jan 27, 2005 43 53 4 Nov 17, 2004 45 52 4 Sep 21, 2004 45 53 2 Aug 25, 2004 42 55 3 Aug 5, 2004 43 53 4 Jun 23, 2004 42 54 4 May 20, 2004 44 52 4 Mar 9, 2004 44 52 5 Nov 13, 2003 47 50 3 Sep 25, 2003 49 47 4 Jul 17, 2003 53 43 4 Jun 19, 2003 58 39 3 Apr 1, 2003 67 29 4 Jan 29, 2003 54 42 4 Dec 11, 2002 58 36 5 Oct 7, 2002 62 34 5 Sep 12, 2002 64 30 6 Aug 8, 2002 61 32 7 Jun 19, 2002 73 21 7 Apr 24, 2002 77 18 5 Mar 7, 2002 77 18 5 Jan 30, 2002 82 13 6 Oct 18, 2001 90 7 3 Sep 26, 2001 88 8 5 Aug 7, 2001 52 42 6 Jul 5, 2001 53 42 5 May 14, 2001 57 35 7 Apr 11, 2001 57 34 9 Mar 8, 2001 62 26 12 Feb 8, 2001 51 28 21



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


Jan 27, 2005 6 47 30 16 1 Nov 17, 2004 4 48 30 16 1 Sep 22, 2004 6 41 32 21 - Aug 25, 2004 7 39 27 25 1 Aug 4, 2004 4 44 32 19 1 Jun 22, 2004 6 48 31 15 1 May 19, 2004 5 45 29 20 - Mar 9, 2004 4 40 36 19 1 Nov 12, 2003 3 37 35 23 1 Sep 24, 2003 4 41 33 22 1 Jul 17, 2003 4 42 35 18 1 Jun 18, 2003 5 39 34 21 2 Apr 2, 2003 4 42 37 16 2 Jan 29, 2003 3 42 33 20 1 Dec 11, 2002 4 47 31 17 1 Jun 20, 2002 5 48 31 15 1 Mar 7, 2002 4 50 30 14 2 Dec 26, 2000 10 61 21 7 1 Feb 12, 1999 11 60 21 7 - Oct 22, 1997 8 53 26 12 1 Sep 16, 1997 9 48 27 15 - Jun 25, 1997 9 50 28 13 1 Apr 10, 1997 7 52 29 11 1 Feb 20, 1997 11 56 23 10 1 Dec 11, 1996 8 49 31 12 1



TREND: Some people have suggested amending the state constitution to create an office of lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor would be the governor's running mate and become the governor if the governor is unable to complete their term. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

                        Good    Bad
                        idea    idea    DK/NA


Jan 27, 2005 74 20 6 Nov 17, 2004 73 20 7 Aug 25, 2004 73 20 7



TREND: There is a proposal to have a constitutional convention after the 2005 elections to restructure the property tax system in New Jersey. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

                        Good    Bad
                        idea    idea    DK/NA


Jan 27, 2005 78 10 11 Nov 17, 2004 79 9 12



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 43% 87% 12% 43% 49% 38% Disapprove 53 11 84 53 48 57 DK/NA 4 2 3 3 3 5

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 30% 44% 54% 45% 43% Disapprove 61 52 44 54 54 DK/NA 9 4 2 1 3



16. 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?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Very satisfied 6% 7% 7% 4% 7% 5% Smwht satisfied 47 39 56 43 46 47 Smwht dissatisfied 30 33 27 34 31 30 Very dissatisfied 16 20 9 18 15 16 DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1 1

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Very satisfied 11% 4% 6% 6% 7% Smwht satisfied 48 53 41 54 33 Smwht dissatisfied 25 28 35 28 38 Very dissatisfied 15 15 18 11 22 DK/NA 1 2 - - -



19. Some people have suggested amending the state constitution to create an office of lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor would be the governor's running mate and become the governor if the governor is unable to complete their term. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Good idea 74% 73% 74% 75% 71% 77% Bad idea 20 22 19 21 25 15 DK/NA 6 5 8 5 4 8

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Good idea 78% 71% 72% 72% 80% Bad idea 16 22 28 22 12 DK/NA 6 7 - 6 9



20. There is a proposal to have a constitutional convention after the 2005 elections to restructure the property tax system in New Jersey. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Good idea 78% 80% 78% 76% 79% 78% Bad idea 10 8 10 12 12 9 DK/NA 11 11 12 12 10 13

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Good idea 72% 78% 79% 81% 81% Bad idea 12 10 13 7 10 DK/NA 16 12 8 12 9



21. To help balance the state budget, would you support or oppose an increase in the gasoline tax?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Support 23% 19% 24% 26% 29% 18% Oppose 71 77 69 68 68 74 DK/NA 6 5 7 6 3 8

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Support 25% 24% 23% 21% 23% Oppose 67 72 72 76 68 DK/NA 8 4 6 2 9



22. To help finance road improvements, would you support or oppose an increase in the gasoline tax?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Support 39% 33% 43% 42% 45% 34% Oppose 57 63 53 55 54 61 DK/NA 4 5 4 3 2 6

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Support 48% 39% 31% 38% 38% Oppose 49 56 64 60 57 DK/NA 3 4 5 2 5



23. Do you support or oppose stem cell research?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Support 68% 56% 75% 72% 71% 66% Oppose 20 30 15 17 19 20 DK/NA 12 14 10 11 10 14

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Support 71% 69% 70% 58% 74% Oppose 17 18 18 28 17 DK/NA 12 13 12 14 8



24. Do you support or oppose acting governor Codey's proposal for the state to spend 380 million dollars on stem cell research?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Support 47% 30% 58% 49% 50% 43% Oppose 42 59 30 41 40 43 DK/NA 12 11 11 11 9 14

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Support 48% 46% 51% 37% 52% Oppose 34 41 38 52 41 DK/NA 18 13 11 11 7