March 16, 2005 - Money Doesn't Hurt Corzine In New Jersey Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; He Has Double-Digit Lead Over Top GOP Contenders
New Jersey voters say Sen. Jon Corzine's use of his own money to finance his campaign for Governor is more of an asset than a liability, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Asked which is closer to their view on Sen. Corzine's use of his own money to finance his campaign, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds:
  • 57 percent of voters say this leaves Corzine free of pressure from lobbyists and other special interests;
  • 34 percent say Corzine has an unfair advantage and looks like he's trying to buy the election.
In another question, 66 percent of voters say it does not bother them that Corzine gave $7 million to Democratic causes and organizations in New Jersey, with 30 percent who say it does bother them.

"It's clear that Sen. Jon Corzine's money isn't a big issue with the voters as he continues to hold a strong edge in the governor's race. Many of those who think Corzine is trying to buy the governorship with his millions are Republicans who wouldn't vote for him anyway," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "A strong majority agree with the statement that by using his own money, Corzine stays free of influence from lobbyists and special interests."

Corzine leads two possible Republican contenders in the governor's race:
  • 50 - 34 percent over Bret Schundler;
  • 50 - 33 percent over Douglas Forrester.
Among Republican voters, Forrester gets 33 percent to 29 percent for Schundler, a tie, with 30 percent undecided. When five other possible Republican candidates are added to the mix, Forrester gets 32 percent to Schundler's 31 percent, and no other candidate breaks 3 percent.

New Jersey voters give Corzine a 51 - 29 percent approval rating, down from his all-time high 59 - 26 percent approval in a January 26 Quinnipiac University poll. Corzine gets a 39 - 21 percent favorability rating, with 21 percent mixed and 20 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

Forrester's favorability is 19 - 11 percent, with 16 percent mixed and 53 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

Schundler has a 22 - 15 percent favorability rating, with 15 percent mixed and 48 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

"Both leading Republicans, Bret Schundler and Doug Forrester, have closed the gap a little as they get better known, but still lose handily to Corzine in theoretical matchups. The GOP contest is still Schundler and Forrester neck and neck with no other candidate in sight. Perhaps the most significant number here is that about half the voters don't have an opinion of either GOP frontrunner, even though both have run statewide before," Richards said.

From March 9 - 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 937 New Jersey registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points. The survey includes 268 registered Republicans, with a margin of error of +/- 6 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 Jon Corzine is handling his job as United States Senator?

                        App     Dis     DK/NA


Mar 16, 2005 51 29 19 Jan 26, 2005 59 26 15 Nov 17, 2004 58 23 20 Sep 22, 2004 54 25 21 Aug 25, 2004 54 24 21 Aug 4, 2004 46 28 26 Jun 22, 2004 46 29 25 May 19, 2004 49 27 23 Mar 9, 2004 47 28 25 Nov 12, 2003 44 30 26 Sep 24, 2003 48 30 22 Jul 17, 2003 48 27 26 Jun 18, 2003 44 30 26 Apr 2, 2003 46 29 25 Jan 29, 2003 47 23 30 Dec 11, 2002 47 22 30 Oct 7, 2002 52 26 22 Sep 12, 2002 47 19 33 Aug 8, 2002 49 19 31 Jun 19, 2002 46 18 36 Apr 24, 2002 48 20 32 Mar 6, 2002 51 20 29 Jan 30, 2002 51 15 33 Oct 18, 2001 51 19 29 Aug 7, 2001 50 21 29 Jul 5, 2001 48 22 30 May 14, 2001 49 20 31 Apr 11, 2001 46 21 33 Mar 8, 2001 43 21 36 Feb 8, 2001 35 18 47



TREND: If the election for governor were being held today, and the candidates were Jon Corzine the Democrat, and Bret Schundler the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                                        SMONE   WLDN'T
                        JC      BS      ELSE    VOTE    DK/NA


Mar 16, 2005 50 34 1 1 14 Jan 26, 2005 52 28 1 1 17 Nov 17, 2004 51 30 1 1 17 Aug 25, 2004 48 32 1 1 18



TREND: If the election for governor were being held today, and the candidates were Jon Corzine the Democrat, and Douglas Forrester the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                                        SMONE   WLDN'T
                        JC      DF      ELSE    VOTE    DK/NA


Mar 16, 2005 50 33 1 2 14 Jan 26, 2005 51 29 1 2 17 Nov 17, 2004 51 29 1 1 18 Aug 25, 2004 50 27 2 2 19



TREND: (If registered Republican)If the Republican primary for governor were being held today would you vote for Douglas Forrester, or Bret Schundler, or one of the other announced Republican candidates? IF OTHER: Who might that be?

                        REG REPUBLICAN
                        
                        Mar 16  Jan 26
                        2005    2005
                                     
Forrester               33      32
Schundler               29      32
CALIGUIRE(VOL)           -       -
DI GAETANO(VOL)          -       1
LONEGAN(VOL)             1       -
MURPHY(VOL)              2       2
SCHROEDER(VOL)           -       -
SMONE ELSE(VOL)          3       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)         1       1
DK/NA                   30      29




TREND: Is your opinion of Douglas Forrester favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him? (* Is your opinion of businessman Douglas Forrester . . .)

                                                Hvn't
                        Fav     Unfav   Mixed   Heard   REFUSED  


Mar 16, 2005 19 11 16 53 1 Jan 26, 2005 14 10 18 56 1 Sep 12, 2002* 12 5 11 71 1 Aug 8, 2002* 11 6 8 72 1 Jun 19, 2002* 12 4 10 73 1 Apr 24, 2002* 6 2 6 85 1 Mar 6, 2002* 6 1 4 88 1 Jan 30, 2002* 3 2 4 90 -



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

                                                Hvn't
                        Fav     Unfav   Mixed   Heard   REFUSED


Mar 16, 2005 22 15 15 48 1 Jan 26, 2005 18 13 16 52 1 Oct 17, 2001 25 20 19 35 1 Sep 27, 2001 19 15 19 46 1 Aug 7, 2001 20 18 17 44 2 Jul 3, 2001 25 17 16 41 1 May 10, 2001 13 8 10 68 1 Apr 11, 2001 14 6 8 71 1 Mar 8, 2001 14 6 8 71 1 Feb 7, 2001 10 5 7 78 1 Dec 6, 2000 10 4 5 79 2



TREND: Is your opinion of Jon Corzine favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him? (* Is your opinion of businessman Jon Corzine . . .)

                                                Hvn't
                        Fav     Unfav   Mixed   Heard   REFUSED


Mar 16, 2005 39 21 21 20 - Jan 26, 2005 41 16 20 22 1 Dec 6, 2000 25 25 24 24 2 Oct 4, 2000 22 21 27 30 1 Aug 24, 2000 19 17 24 39 1 Jul 27, 2000 23 18 25 33 1 Jun 28, 2000 26 17 28 28 1 May 10, 2000* 22 8 14 54 2 Mar 29, 2000* 9 6 8 76 1 Feb 23, 2000* 7 4 7 81 1 Sep 23, 1999* 6 4 5 85 - Jul 22, 1999* 3 3 3 90 - Jun 9, 1999* 3 2 4 91 -



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 51% 29% 67% 51% 54% 49% Disapprove 29 54 15 28 33 27 DK/NA 19 17 18 21 13 24



6. If the election for governor were being held today, and the candidates were Jon Corzine the Democrat, and Bret Schundler the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Corzine 50% 12% 85% 43% 46% 53% Schundler 34 75 8 32 40 29 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 2 - 3 1 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 - - 2 1 1 DK/NA 14 12 7 20 12 16

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Corzine 57% 55% 34% 54% 40% Schundler 30 30 46 27 41 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 2 2 2 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 - 1 1 1 DK/NA 12 12 16 16 17



7. If the election for governor were being held today, and the candidates were Jon Corzine the Democrat, and Douglas Forrester the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Corzine 50% 12% 87% 40% 47% 52% Forrester 33 75 6 33 37 31 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 1 1 2 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 - - 4 2 1 DK/NA 14 12 6 20 13 15

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Corzine 61% 51% 38% 56% 39% Forrester 24 33 44 26 43 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 2 2 1 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 1 - 3 3 DK/NA 13 13 16 14 14



8. Would you like to see actor and comedian Joe Piscopo run as an independent candidate for governor of New Jersey this year or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 23% 19% 24% 25% 23% 22% No 66 72 66 62 68 63 DK/NA 12 9 11 13 9 15



9. (If registered Republican) If the Republican primary for governor were being held today would you vote for Douglas Forrester or Bret Schundler or one of the other announced Republican candidates? IF OTHER: Who might that be?

                        REGISTERED REPUBLICAN
                        Tot     Men     Wom


Forrester 33% 29% 37% Schundler 29 41 19 Caliguire(VOL) - - - Di Gaetano(VOL) - - - Lonegan(VOL) 1 2 1 Murphy(VOL) 2 3 2 Schroeder(VOL) - - - SMONE ELSE(VOL) 3 3 3 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 1 2 DK/NA 30 22 37



10. (If registered Republican) If the Republican primary for governor were being held today, and the candidates were Douglas Forrester, Bret Schundler, Todd Caliguire, Paul Di Gaetano, Steven Lonegan, John Murphy and Bob Schroeder for whom would you vote?

                        REGISTERED REPUBLICAN
                        Tot     Men     Wom


Forrester 32% 28% 36% Schundler 31 42 22 Caliguire - - - Di Gaetano 2 3 1 Lonegan 2 2 3 Murphy 2 2 3 Schroeder 3 3 2 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 1 - 1 DK/NA 25 19 30



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 19% 46% 3% 19% 21% 18% Unfavorable 11 3 17 12 12 10 Mixed 16 15 17 14 17 15 Hvn't hrd enough 53 36 61 55 49 56 REFUSED 1 - 2 1 1 1



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 22% 43% 7% 22% 30% 15% Unfavorable 15 6 21 15 15 15 Mixed 15 13 14 18 15 14 Hvn't hrd enough 48 38 56 46 39 55 REFUSED 1 1 2 - - 1



13. Is your opinion of Jon Corzine favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 39% 13% 61% 35% 41% 37% Unfavorable 21 48 4 20 26 17 Mixed 21 21 15 26 18 23 Hvn't hrd enough 20 18 20 18 15 23 REFUSED - - - - - -



15. Do you think Jon Corzine has the right kind of experience to be Governor of New Jersey or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 55% 31% 75% 52% 57% 53% No 27 52 8 29 31 23 DK/NA 19 17 17 19 13 24



16. Compared to other elected officials in New Jersey, do you think that Jon Corzine has more honesty and integrity, less honesty and integrity, or about as much honesty and integrity?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


More honesty 21% 11% 34% 16% 23% 19% Less honesty 12 27 2 12 13 10 About as much 51 51 49 53 48 53 DK/NA 17 12 15 19 16 17



17. Do you think the fact that Jon Corzine has never held an office in state government -- will help or hurt his ability to clean up state government?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Help 45% 32% 58% 40% 46% 44% Hurt 30 45 17 35 29 30 NO DIFF (VOL) 13 14 13 12 15 12 DK/NA 13 9 12 14 11 14



18. As you may know, Senator Jon Corzine spent millions of dollars of his own money to be elected Senator and says he will do the same in this year's race for governor of New Jersey. Which comes closer to your point of view -

A) By financing his own campaigns Corzine is free from being beholden to lobbyists and other special interests who would otherwise finance his campaign. or B) By financing his own campaigns Corzine has an unfair advantage and looks like he is trying to buy the election.

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom
A) Free from lobbyists 
and special interests   57%     39%     75%     50%     54%     59%
B) Unfair advantage, 
trying to buy election  34      56      16      39      38      31
DK/NA                    9       5       9      11       8      10




19. As you may know, Senator Corzine has also donated more than $7 million dollars to Democratic causes and organizations in New Jersey. Does Corzine spending this much money on Democratic causes and organizations in New Jersey bother you or not?

IF YES: Does it bother you a lot, some, or only a little?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


A lot 16% 34% 3% 16% 20% 12% Some 9 12 5 12 11 7 Only a little 5 7 3 8 5 6 Does not bother 66 42 84 62 61 70 DK/NA 4 5 4 3 2 5