June 15, 2005 - Corzine Has Early Lead Over Forrester In New Jersey, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Don't Mind Rich Candidates
Democratic U. S. Sen. Jon Corzine leads Republican Douglas Forrester 47 - 37 percent in the race for Governor of New Jersey, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Republican voters back Forrester 77 - 12 percent, as Democrats back Corzine 82 - 9 percent, and independent voters tip to Forrester 39 - 37 percent.

In an open-ended question by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll, where voters can give any answer, 40 percent list taxes, including 31 percent who list property taxes, as the most important problem in New Jersey today. No other issue rises to double digits as a voter concern.

Fifty-four percent of New Jersey voters dislike the property tax the most, followed by 13 percent who most dislike the federal income tax, with 9 percent each disliking the Social Security tax, the state income tax and the state sales tax.

"There is little indication Doug Forrester got any significant bounce from his GOP primary victory in New Jersey, since Sen. Corzine still leads by 10 points. In fact, Corzine is polling near the magic 50 percent mark while four in 10 voters don't know enough about Doug Forrester to form an opinion," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Forrester has made headway with his property tax reduction proposal since the poll shows that voters who think property taxes are the most important problem in New Jersey back Forrester 47 - 40 percent over Corzine."

All New Jersey voters say 37 - 35 percent, a tie, that Forrester would do a better job reducing property taxes.

By a 48 - 41 percent margin, voters say it's a "good thing" for candidates to use unlimited amounts of their own money to finance their campaigns. And voters agree 68 - 24 percent that by financing their own campaigns, candidates are free of lobbyists and other special interests.

"Forrester's big advantage in the primary - money - could be overwhelmed by the Corzine fortune in a race that is shaping up as the battle of the rich versus the richer," Richards added.

Voters approve 51 - 32 percent of the job Corzine is doing as a U.S. Senator, and give him a 33 - 21 percent favorability rating, with 25 percent mixed and 21 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

Forrester gets a 20 - 14 percent favorability rating, with 24 percent mixed and 41 percent who haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

A total of 73 percent of New Jersey voters say the issue of political corruption is "extremely important" or "very important" in their vote for Governor, with 19 percent who say "somewhat important."

By a 46 - 27 percent margin, voters associate the Democratic party with corruption more than the Republican party, a view shared by 75 percent of Republicans, 26 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of independent voters.

Voters say 50 - 26 percent that Corzine is honest and trustworthy and 40 - 22 percent that Forrester is honest and trustworthy.

From June 8 - 13, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,107 New Jersey voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 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.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Codey is handling his job as acting Governor?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 51% 41% 60% 53% 51% 51% Disapprove 22 35 15 21 27 18 DK/NA 26 24 24 26 21 31

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 55% 55% 52% 47% 43% Disapprove 17 19 25 20 32 DK/NA 28 25 23 32 25



2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 31% 24% 40% 26% 29% 34% Disapprove 49 60 40 54 56 44 DK/NA 19 16 20 20 15 23



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% 30% 70% 47% 52% 50% Disapprove 32 55 16 34 38 26 DK/NA 17 16 14 19 9 24



4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Frank Lautenberg is handling his job as United States Senator?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 49% 35% 60% 47% 51% 46% Disapprove 34 50 21 38 39 29 DK/NA 18 16 19 15 9 25



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 40% 81% 14% 37% 46% 35% Disapprove 55 15 83 55 50 60 DK/NA 5 4 3 8 4 5



6. How much attention have you been paying to the campaign for governor? A lot, some, only a little, or none at all?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


A lot 24% 30% 19% 26% 30% 18% Some 37 33 41 36 35 39 Only a little 27 25 29 25 25 28 None at all 12 11 11 13 9 14 DK/NA - - 1 - - 1



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 47% 12% 82% 37% 46% 48% Forrester 37 77 9 39 40 34 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 2 1 4 3 2 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2 1 2 1 3 DK/NA 11 7 7 18 10 13

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Corzine 53% 54% 43% 42% 39% Forrester 29 33 41 39 46 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 3 4 2 0 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 3 1 3 2 2 DK/NA 13 9 9 15 12



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 20% 42% 6% 18% 24% 17% Unfavorable 14 6 20 15 15 13 Mixed 24 28 19 30 25 23 Hvn't hrd enough 41 25 53 36 36 46 REFUSED 1 - 1 1 1 1



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 33% 10% 56% 25% 37% 29% Unfavorable 21 43 5 24 26 17 Mixed 25 23 20 30 21 28 Hvn't hrd enough 21 23 18 21 15 26 REFUSED - - 1 - 1 -



10. Which party would you like to see control the New Jersey State Legislature after the elections in November -- the Democratic Party or the Republican Party?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Democratic Party 48% 7% 89% 33% 43% 52% Republican Party 39 89 4 41 45 34 DK/NA 13 4 6 26 12 14



11. 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 3% 3% 4% 2% 2% 3% Smwht satisfied 38 28 48 36 37 39 Smwht dissatisfied 33 40 29 33 30 36 Very dissatisfied 25 29 18 28 29 21 DK/NA 1 1 - 1 1 1



12. What do you think is the most important problem facing New Jersey today?

                        Tot


Taxes total 40% Taxes general 9 Property tax 31

Politicians/Campaigns total 9% Politicians/ Campaigns general 1 Political corruption 7 Governor/State leadership 1

Economy total 7% Economy general 1 Unemployment/jobs 4 Cost of living 2

Education total 6% Education general 3 Teachers 1 Funding education 2

Auto insurance 4%

Budget/Spending total 3% Budget general 1 Budget deficits 1 Gov too big/ Gov spending 1

Crime total 3% Crime/Violence general 1 Gangs/Youth crime 1 Drugs 1

Environment/Pollution 3 Healthcare/Costs/ Insurance/HMO's 2 Open space/Urban sprawl/ Over-development 2 Children's issues 1 Immigration 1 Lack of ethics/Morality 1 Overcrowding/Over population 1 Senior issues 1 Social security 1 Transportation general 1

Other 2 DK/NA 5



13. Would you say that Jon Corzine has strong leadership qualities or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 61% 47% 77% 55% 64% 59% No 20 34 10 20 23 18 DK/NA 19 19 13 24 13 24



14. Would you say that Jon Corzine is honest and trustworthy or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 50% 32% 68% 46% 52% 47% No 26 42 14 29 32 21 DK/NA 24 26 18 24 15 31



15. Would you say that Jon Corzine cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 46% 28% 65% 41% 47% 46% No 35 52 19 39 40 29 DK/NA 19 20 16 20 13 25



16. Would you say that Douglas Forrester has strong leadership qualities or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 45% 65% 33% 44% 45% 44% No 19 11 29 16 21 18 DK/NA 36 24 38 40 34 38



17. Would you say that Douglas Forrester is honest and trustworthy or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 40% 60% 26% 41% 42% 37% No 22 12 33 21 24 21 DK/NA 38 29 41 37 33 42



18. Would you say that Douglas Forrester cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 42% 67% 27% 41% 47% 38% No 29 13 42 29 28 30 DK/NA 29 20 30 30 25 33



19. Which tax do you dislike the most -- federal income tax, federal Social Security tax, state income tax, state sales tax or local property tax?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Fed income tax 13% 13% 13% 13% 15% 12% Social Security tax 9 10 10 7 10 9 State income tax 9 12 7 9 11 7 State sales tax 9 7 11 6 7 10 Property tax 54 56 52 59 52 57 DK/NA 6 1 8 5 5 6



20. Which candidate for Governor, -- Douglas Forrester or Jon Corzine do you think would do a better job reducing property taxes?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Forrester 37% 69% 13% 43% 42% 32% Corzine 35 13 61 23 36 35 DK/NA 28 18 26 34 22 33



21. Do you think that candidates using unlimited amounts of their own money to finance their campaigns is a good thing or a bad thing?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Good thing 48% 44% 57% 41% 46% 50% Bad thing 41 45 34 47 44 39 DK/NA 11 10 10 12 11 11



22. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: By financing their own campaigns, candidates are free from being beholden to lobbyists and other special interests who would otherwise finance their campaigns.

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Agree 68% 62% 73% 69% 68% 68% Disagree 24 32 20 23 27 21 DK/NA 8 7 7 8 5 11



23. In general, which party do you associate more with political corruption in New Jersey the Republican party or the Democratic party?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Republican party 27% 12% 45% 16% 25% 29% Democratic party 46 75 26 51 53 40 DK/NA 27 13 29 33 22 31



24. How important is the issue of political corruption to your vote for governor - extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not that important?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Extremely important 40% 49% 31% 41% 43% 36% Very important 33 33 35 34 30 35 Somewhat important 19 14 24 16 17 21 Not that important 7 5 7 8 8 5 DK/NA 1 - 3 - 1 2



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Richard Codey is handling his job as acting Governor?

                        App     Dis     DK/NA


Jun 15, 2005 51 22 26 Apr 28, 2005 51 22 27 Mar 17, 2005 50 24 26 Jan 26, 2005 59 9 32



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?

                        App     Dis     DK/NA


Jun 15, 2005 31 49 19 Apr 28, 2005 35 43 22 Mar 17, 2005 33 45 22 Jan 26, 2005 44 31 25 Nov 17, 2004 41 41 19 Sep 22, 2004 37 47 17 Aug 25, 2004 38 44 19 Aug 4, 2004 32 45 23 Jun 22, 2004 36 44 20 May 19, 2004 38 39 23 Mar 9, 2004 34 47 19 Nov 12, 2003 30 51 19 Sep 24, 2003 33 49 18 Jul 17, 2003 32 48 20 Jun 18, 2003 30 46 24 Apr 2, 2003 38 39 24



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Jon Corzine is handling his job as United States Senator?

                        App     Dis     DK/NA


Jun 15, 2005 51 32 17 Apr 28, 2005 50 30 20 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: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Frank Lautenberg is handling his job as United States Senator?

                        App     Dis     DK/NA


Jun 15, 2005 49 34 18 Apr 28, 2005 48 29 22 Mar 17, 2005 52 27 21 Jan 26, 2005 53 28 20 Nov 17, 2004 52 28 20 Sep 22, 2004 49 32 19 Aug 25, 2004 50 28 22 Aug 4, 2004 48 31 22 Jun 22, 2004 47 31 22 May 19, 2004 48 33 19 Mar 9, 2004 44 33 23 Nov 12, 2003 45 33 23 Sep 24, 2003 48 34 18 Jul 17, 2003 43 33 24 Jun 18, 2003 41 34 25 Apr 2, 2003 44 32 24 Jan 29, 2003 42 27 32 Dec 6, 2000 52 20 27 Aug 24, 2000 51 21 28 Jul 27, 2000 55 22 23 Mar 29, 2000 53 22 25 Feb 23, 2000 52 23 25 Sep 23, 1999 55 25 20 Jul 22, 1999 55 25 20 Mar 31, 1999 54 25 21 Feb 12, 1999 52 29 19 Nov 12, 1998 52 26 22 Aug 10, 1998 50 24 26 Apr 23, 1998 51 25 23 Mar 4, 1998 52 23 25 Oct 22, 1997 51 26 23 Sep 16, 1997 53 26 22 Jul 29, 1997 50 25 26 Apr 10, 1997 52 25 23 Feb 8, 1996 43 32 26



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

                        App     Dis     DK/NA


Jun 15, 2005 40 55 5 Apr 28, 2005 45 51 4 Mar 17, 2005 44 53 4 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: 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


Jun 15, 2005 47 37 2 2 11 Apr 28, 2005 46 36 2 2 14 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: 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


Jun 15, 2005 20 14 24 41 1 Apr 28, 2005 19 10 20 50 1 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 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
                        
Jun 15, 2005            33      21      25      21       -
Apr 28, 2005            34      21      24      20       1
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       1
Jun 9, 1999*             3       2       4      91       -




TREND: Which party would you like to see control the New Jersey State Legislature after the elections in November - the Democratic Party or Republican Party?

                        Dem     Rep     DK/NA


Jun 15, 2005 48 39 13 Sep 24, 2003 48 37 14 Jul 17, 2003 44 37 19 Jun 18, 2003 49 40 12 Apr 2, 2003 41 40 20 Jul 3, 2001 46 38 16 Mar 8, 2001 39 39 23



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


Jun 15, 2005 3 38 33 25 1 Apr 28, 2005 3 39 34 23 1 Mar 17, 2005 3 39 31 27 1 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: What do you think is the most important problem facing New Jersey today?
                                                                
                                Jun   Nov   Sep   Jan   Jun   Mar   Oct   Dec
                                2005  2004  2003  2003  2002  2002  2001  2000


Taxes total 40% 28% 29% 19% 21% 21% 18% 25% Taxes general 9 6 16 9 7 7 4 11 Property tax 31 21 13 9 13 13 14 14 Income Tax - 1 - - - - - - Taxes other - - - 1 1 1 - -

Politicians/Campaigns total 9% 7% 4% 2% - 3% 1% 2% Politicians/Campaigns general 1 1 - 1 - 1 1 1 Political corruption 7 5 1 - - 1 - - Governor/State leadership 1 1 2 - - - - - Mayor/City leadership - - - - - - - 1 Politicians/Campaigns other - - 1 1 - 1 - -

Economy total 7% 10% 13% 14% 9% 10% 14% 3% Economy general 1 1 4 5 2 3 9 1 Unemployment/jobs 4 7 8 8 5 6 4 1 Cost of living 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Businesses leaving/Outsourcing - 1 - - - - - - Economy other - - - - 1 - - - Education total 6% 7% 11% 8% 10% 11% 10% 14% Education general 3 3 7 5 7 9 10 12 Teachers 1 - - - - - - - Funding education 2 3 3 2 1 1 - 2 School choice/Vouchers - - - - - - - - Education other - 1 1 1 2 1 - - Auto Insurance 4% 7% 10% 20% 12% 11% 8% 7%



TREND: Which tax do you dislike the most - federal income tax, federal Social Security tax, state income tax, state sales tax, or local property tax?

                        Fed     Fed     State   State   Local
                        Income  SocSec  Income  Sales   Prop    DK/NA


Jun 15, 2005 13 9 9 9 54 6 Dec 12, 2002 17 9 7 8 54 4