February 29, 2012 - Christie As VP Doesn't Help Romney Enough In NJ, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back 10 % Tax Cut, Say It's Fair To Them

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With Gov. Christopher Christie as his running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the GOP front-runner, cuts into President Barack Obama's lead in New Jersey, but still falls short, trailing 49 - 43 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Without Gov. Christie, Romney trails President Obama 49 - 39 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

There is a big gender gap with or without Christie. With Christie, men vote Republican 51 - 43 percent while women vote Democratic 55 - 35 percent.

New Jersey voters support 56 - 33 percent Christie's proposed 10 percent tax cut. Support is 83 - 11 percent among Republicans and 54 - 34 percent among independent voters. Democrats are opposed 51 - 38 percent. Support for the tax cut rises with household income.

Voters also say 55 - 31 percent the tax cut is fair to people like them. Democrats say unfair 48 - 38 percent.

"Gov. Christopher Christie says he'd be a terrible vice-president and we may never find out. Putting him on the ticket helps the Republicans a little, but not enough, in New Jersey. If the measure of a vice presidential pick is carrying his or her home state, then Gov. Christie comes up short," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"But voters continue to give the Gov good marks on how he's doing his job in Trenton.

New Jersey voters approve 55 - 38 percent of the job Christie is doing as governor, compared to his all-time high of 58 - 38 percent October 12. Approval is 62 - 32 percent among men and 49 - 44 percent among women.

"No sooner did Christie propose his 10 percent income tax cut then legislative Democrats denounced it. But - so far - he wins with the voters. Even non-millionaires think the plan is fair to them," Carroll added.

In other presidential matchups, without Christie:
  • Obama tops former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum 52 - 34 percent;
  • The president buries former House Speaker Newt Gingrich 55 - 30 percent.
New Jersey voters approve 51 - 45 percent of the job Obama is doing, his best score in eight months, and say 51 - 44 percent he deserves four more years in the White House, also his best score so far.

U.S. Senate Race

Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez leads State Sen. Joe Kyrillos, his virtually unknown Republican challenger, 49 - 34 percent. Independent voters back the Democrat 44 - 33 percent.

Menendez gets a 48 - 31 percent job approval rating, his best score ever, and voters say 48 - 34 percent he deserves to be reelected, also his best score ever. By a 38 - 24 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of Menendez while 36 percent don't know enough about him to form an opinion.

For Kyrillos, 82 percent of voters don't know enough about him to form an opinion.

"Sen. Robert Menendez's numbers are only so-so, but nobody has heard of State Sen. Joe Kyrillos. He gets only the generic Republican vote," Carroll said.

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg gets a 49 - 36 percent approval rating, his highest score since a 55 - 22 percent approval July 27, 2000.

Republican Presidential Primary

In the presidential primary, Romney tops Santorum among Republicans 38 - 24 percent, with 12 percent for Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and 9 percent for Gingrich.

From February 21 - 27, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,396 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The survey includes 446 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 4.6 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. (If Registered Republican) If the Republican primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS....................................
                                                         TEA PARTY
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Con    Mod     Yes    No
 
Gingrich              9%     9%     9%    11%     6%    14%     7%
Romney               38     40     37     38     41     34     41
Santorum             24     25     24     32     15     28     22
Paul                 12     15      9      9     14     13     12
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      3      1      3      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      1      7      -      8      -      5
DK/NA                11     10     12     10     12     10     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <50K  50-100 >100K
 
Gingrich              8%     9%     5%     7%    15%    10%    11%     6%
Romney               41     37     42     41     36     31     43     43
Santorum             22     25     24     30     20     20     22     28
Paul                 12     12     18      6      8     20     13      9
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      -      3      3      1      3      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      7      2      5      1      4      2      3      6
DK/NA                 9     12      5     11     15     16      5      7
 
TREND: (If Registered Republican) If the Republican primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul, for whom would you vote? (2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS........
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 16  Oct 13
                     2012    2012    2011    2011
 
Gingrich              9      14      22       5
Romney               38      40      29      28
Santorum             24      14       1       1
Paul                 12      12       6      11
 
Bachmann             na      na       3       4
Cain                 na      na      12      17
Huntsman             na       4       4       2
Perry                na       2       3       7
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       -       2       3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       3       2       2
DK/NA                11      13      16      18
 
 
2. (If Registered Republican) Does Governor Christie's endorsement of Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination make you more likely to vote for Romney in the primary, less likely to vote for Romney in the primary, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS....................................
                                                         TEA PARTY
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Con    Mod     Yes    No
 
More likely          18%    21%    15%    19%    18%    18%    17%
Less likely           8      6     10      5     12      3     11
Doesn't make diff    74     73     75     76     70     79     72
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      1      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <50K  50-100 >100K
 
More likely          20%    17%    21%    17%    14%    12%    10%    29%
Less likely           9      7      8      8     10      9     13      4
Doesn't make diff    71     75     71     75     76     78     77     66
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      1      -      -      1
 
 
3. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and - Rick Santorum the Republican, for whom would you vote? (* Subgroup size less than 75, additional caution should be taken when interpreting findings of this group because of the large margin of error)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
                                                                      *
Obama                52%    10%    87%    52%    49%    55%    42%    94%
Santorum             34     79      4     30     40     29     43      1
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      2      2      1      2      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      4      2      7      4      5      5      -
DK/NA                 8      5      7      9      5     10      8      5
 
                     WHITE...............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BrnAgnEv    Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                51%    37%    36%    38%    39%    45%    30%    40%    46%
Santorum             38     46     53     46     49     38     63     44     38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      3      1      2      1      -      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      5      3      5      4      5      3      5      4
DK/NA                 4     10      5     10      5     10      4      9     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                58%    49%    55%    55%    43%    59%    53%    51%    52%
Santorum             30     37     31     34     40     28     40     33     35
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      2      1      1      1      1      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      4      6      3      4      3      1      7      5
DK/NA                 5      9      6      6     12      9      6      7      7
 
 
4. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and - Newt Gingrich the Republican, for whom would you vote? (* Subgroup size less than 75, additional caution should be taken when interpreting findings of this group because of the large margin of error)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
                                                                      *
Obama                55%    13%    88%    57%    54%    57%    46%    95%
Gingrich             30     72      3     25     35     25     37      -
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      4      1      3      3      2      3      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      6      6      2      8      5      7      7      1
DK/NA                 7      5      6      8      5      9      7      3
 
                     WHITE...............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BrnAgnEv    Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                53%    42%    46%    42%    45%    48%    36%    45%    51%
Gingrich             35     39     39     42     42     33     55     38     31
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      3      3      3      3      3      2      3      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      8      6      6      6      7      3      7      7
DK/NA                 4      8      7      7      4      9      5      7      9
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                61%    52%    59%    57%    47%    62%    57%    51%    58%
Gingrich             28     31     29     29     33     21     32     34     30
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      2      2      3      2      2      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      6      6      5      7      5      3      6      6
DK/NA                 4      9      4      6     10      9      6      7      4
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Newt Gingrich the Republican, for whom would you vote? (2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     Feb 29  Nov 16
                     2012    2011
                             
Obama                55      53
Gingrich             30      34 
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2 
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      6       4 
DK/NA                 7       6
 
 
5. If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and - Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote? (* Subgroup size less than 75, additional caution should be taken when interpreting findings of this group because of the large margin of error)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
                                                                      *
Obama                49%     8%    84%    47%    46%    52%    40%    96%
Romney               39     85      8     36     44     34     48      3
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      -      3      2      1      2      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      1      5      2      5      4      -
DK/NA                 7      2      6      9      5      8      6      2
 
                     WHITE...............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BrnAgnEv    Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Obama                46%    36%    36%    35%    36%    43%    36%    37%    47%
Romney               46     50     55     52     54     43     63     50     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      -      1      2      1      -      2      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      5      2      4      3      5      1      4      4
DK/NA                 5      7      6      7      4      8      -      8      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Obama                53%    46%    49%    53%    43%    56%    56%    48%    47%
Romney               36     41     38     38     43     30     37     42     41
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      1      1      2      1      2      2      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      4      4      4      4      5      1      4      3
DK/NA                 6      7      8      4      9      7      3      5      8
 
TREND: If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote? (2011 wording referenced "2012 election")
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 16  Oct 13
                     2012    2012    2011    2011
                                            
Obama                49      48      49      47
Romney               39      38      40      41 
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1       2       2       2 
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4       4       3       3 
DK/NA                 7       9       7       7
 
 
6. Let's say the Democratic ticket is Barack Obama for president and Joe Biden for vice president and the Republican ticket is Mitt Romney for president and Christopher Christie for vice president. If you were voting today, how would you vote? (* Subgroup size less than 75, additional caution should be taken when interpreting findings of this group because of the large margin of error)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
                                                                      *
Democratic ticket    49%     7%    85%    47%    43%    55%    41%    92%
Republican ticket    43     88     11     40     51     35     51      8
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      1      1      1      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      1      4      1      3      2      -
DK/NA                 5      3      3      7      5      6      5      -
 
                     WHITE...............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BrnAgnEv    Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Democratic ticket    47%    38%    38%    36%    37%    45%    37%    39%    47%
Republican ticket    47     53     58     55     58     45     60     53     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      -      1      1      -      1      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      3      1      2      1      3      -      2      2
DK/NA                 4      5      2      6      3      6      2      6      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Democratic ticket    54%    46%    51%    51%    44%    60%    51%    49%    47%
Republican ticket    40     44     42     40     47     33     46     42     45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      1      -      1      -      1      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      2      3      2      2      1      3      1
DK/NA                 4      6      5      6      6      4      3      4      6
 
 
7. If the election for United States Senator were being held today, and the candidates were Robert Menendez the Democrat and Joe Kyrillos the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Menendez             49%    11%    86%    44%    44%    53%
Kyrillos             34     77      3     33     42     27
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      -      -      1      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      2      3      3      2
DK/NA                14     10      8     19     10     17
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Menendez             54%    47%    45%    67%    52%    37%    46%    44%
Kyrillos             28     36     39     19     32     46     30     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      -      1      1      -      -      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      2      2      2      3      3      2
DK/NA                15     15     14     11     13     14     20     12
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Menendez             52%    47%    49%    53%    46%    54%    52%    52%    44%
Kyrillos             32     35     34     31     38     23     35     34     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      1      1      -      2      3      -      -      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      3      2      2      3      1      1      4
DK/NA                12     15     13     14     12     17     12     12     13
 
 
8. Is your opinion of Robert Menendez favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            38%    16%    59%    35%    36%    40%
Unfavorable          24     47      6     25     31     18
Hvn't hrd enough     36     34     34     38     30     41
REFUSED               2      3      -      2      2      1
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable            44%    31%    32%    57%    40%    32%    28%    36%
Unfavorable          19     25     27     17     20     38     21     29
Hvn't hrd enough     35     43     40     26     38     27     50     33
REFUSED               2      1      1      -      2      3      1      2
 
 
9. Is your opinion of Joe Kyrillos favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            11%    21%     6%     9%    15%     7%
Unfavorable           6      -      9      7      8      4
Hvn't hrd enough     82     78     85     83     76     88
REFUSED               1      -      -      1      1      -
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable             9%    11%    15%     7%     9%    11%    10%    18%
Unfavorable           7      6      8      9      6      4      4      7
Hvn't hrd enough     82     82     78     82     85     84     85     74
REFUSED               2      -      -      2      -      -      1      1
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              55%    86%    27%    59%    62%    49%
Disapprove           38     11     61     36     32     44
DK/NA                 7      3     12      5      7      7
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              44%    56%    58%    33%    51%    72%    53%    64%
Disapprove           48     38     37     55     41     24     41     31
DK/NA                 8      6      5     12      8      4      6      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              53%    56%    55%    52%    58%    49%    51%    55%    58%
Disapprove           41     37     40     39     34     43     41     39     34
DK/NA                 7      7      5      9      9      7      8      6      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling his job as Governor? (*Low approve also 44% Jun 2010)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 16  Oct 12  Aug 17  Oct 12  Jun 21
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*
                                     
Approve              55      53      56      58      47      58      44
Disapprove           38      39      38      38      46      38      47
DK/NA                 7       8       6       4       7       4      10
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Stephen Sweeney is handling his job as State Senate President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              28%    27%    30%    30%    32%    25%
Disapprove           26     27     23     28     31     22
DK/NA                46     46     47     42     37     53
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              30%    25%    27%    24%    25%    29%    32%    33%
Disapprove           29     27     30     24     26     27     30     23
DK/NA                41     48     43     51     49     44     38     44
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Stephen Sweeney is handling his job as State Senate President?
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 16  Oct 12
                     2012    2012    2011    2011
                             
Approve              28      27      23      23
Disapprove           26      26      28      29
DK/NA                46      47      50      48
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheila Oliver is handling her job as Assembly Speaker?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              24%    19%    29%    24%    26%    21%
Disapprove           20     25     13     21     24     16
DK/NA                57     55     58     55     50     63
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              25%    20%    22%    28%    25%    17%    22%    23%
Disapprove           20     20     22     19     18     29     16     21
DK/NA                55     60     56     53     57     54     62     56
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheila Oliver is handling her job as Assembly Speaker? (*High also 24% Jan 2012, Jun 2011, **Low also 19% Aug 2010, Nov 2010)
                                                             APPROVAL......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 16  Oct 12  Aug 17  Feb 29  Nov 16
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2012*   2011**
                                                                     
Approve              24      24      19      21      21      24      19
Disapprove           20      20      21      23      25      20      21
DK/NA                57      55      60      55      54      57      60
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state assembly is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              33%    31%    38%    33%    34%    33%
Disapprove           44     44     38     48     48     39
DK/NA                23     25     24     20     18     27
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              34%    29%    30%    29%    35%    31%    37%    32%
Disapprove           44     46     49     42     45     45     39     45
DK/NA                22     25     21     29     20     25     24     22
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state assembly is handling its job? (*Low also 25% Dec 2010)
                                                             APPROVAL......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 16  Oct 12  Aug 17  Feb 29  Aug 17
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2012    2011*
                                                                     
Approve              33      31      30      29      25      33      25
Disapprove           44      47      46      49      55      44      55
DK/NA                23      22      24      22      20      23      20
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state senate is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              36%    34%    40%    36%    35%    36%
Disapprove           46     45     43     48     50     41
DK/NA                19     21     17     16     14     23
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              39%    32%    31%    31%    38%    33%    37%    36%
Disapprove           46     47     51     47     46     44     45     45
DK/NA                15     21     18     22     16     23     19     19
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state senate is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVAL......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 16  Oct 12  Aug 17  Feb 29  Aug 17
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2012    2011
                                                                     
Approve              36      33      32      29      27      36      27
Disapprove           46      50      47      53      57      46      57
DK/NA                19      17      21      18      16      19      16
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              48%    23%    71%    45%    47%    49%
Disapprove           31     56     12     31     40     23
DK/NA                21     21     17     24     14     28
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              54%    41%    40%    59%    53%    37%    43%    43%
Disapprove           25     34     37     25     27     43     25     38
DK/NA                21     25     23     16     20     19     32     19
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 16  Oct 13  Aug 17  Feb 29  Feb 20
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2012    2008
                                                                     
Approve              48      42      43      42      39      48      30
Disapprove           31      39      34      35      42      31      31
DK/NA                21      20      23      23      19      21      39
 
 
16. 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%    30%    69%    45%    46%    52%
Disapprove           36     57     16     36     43     29
DK/NA                15     13     14     19     12     18
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              53%    41%    40%    57%    53%    42%    42%    47%
Disapprove           32     41     44     32     29     48     35     41
DK/NA                15     18     16     11     18      9     23     11
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Frank Lautenberg is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High approve also 55% Sep 1999 & Jul 1999)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 16  Oct 13  Aug 17  Jul 27  Feb 20
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2000*   2008
                             
Approve              49      42      45      46      43      55      39
Disapprove           36      43      38      37      45      22      31
DK/NA                15      15      17      17      12      23      29
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (* Subgroup size less than 75, additional caution should be taken when interpreting findings of this group because of the large margin of error)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
                                                                      *
Approve              51%    11%    86%    48%    46%    54%    42%    93%
Disapprove           45     87     11     47     50     41     55      4
DK/NA                 4      2      3      6      4      4      3      3
 
                     WHITE...............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BrnAgnEv    Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Approve              46%    39%    36%    40%    38%    45%    35%    40%    50%
Disapprove           52     57     59     58     59     51     65     56     46
DK/NA                 2      4      5      3      2      4      -      4      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              53%    49%    54%    51%    47%    63%    55%    47%    50%
Disapprove           42     47     42     45     49     33     42     50     45
DK/NA                 4      4      5      3      4      5      3      4      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 16  Oct 13  Aug 17  Jun 10  Oct 13
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
                             
Approve              51      49      48      43      44      68      43
Disapprove           45      48      48      52      52      25      52
DK/NA                 4       3       5       5       4       7       5
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kim Guadagno is handling her job as Lieutenant Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              31%    43%    18%    33%    36%    26%
Disapprove           19     12     26     17     21     17
DK/NA                50     45     55     51     43     57
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              29%    32%    36%    29%    29%    33%    29%    35%
Disapprove           25     19     19     15     22     18     16     18
DK/NA                46     50     46     57     49     49     55     46
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kim Guadagno is handling her job as Lieutenant Governor?
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 16  Oct 12  Nov 09
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2010
                             
Approve              31      35      34      32      31
Disapprove           19      22      20      24      18
DK/NA                50      43      46      44      50
 
 
19. 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%    10%     3%     6%     6%     5%
Smwht satisfied      44     57     33     44     48     39
Smwht dissatisfied   30     21     37     31     27     34
Very dissatisfied    20     11     25     19     18     21
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      1
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very satisfied        4%     3%     4%     5%     5%     7%     5%     6%
Smwht satisfied      36     43     41     44     40     50     40     48
Smwht dissatisfied   29     32     30     30     34     28     26     31
Very dissatisfied    31     20     24     20     20     15     28     15
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      -      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Very satisfied        4%     7%     5%     4%     8%     8%     7%     3%     6%
Smwht satisfied      42     44     45     41     47     40     46     38     49
Smwht dissatisfied   34     28     32     32     28     31     27     32     30
Very dissatisfied    18     20     18     24     17     20     18     26     14
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      1      1      -      1
 
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? (*High also 71% Feb 1999)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 29  Jan 19  Nov 16  Oct 12  Aug 17  Dec 26  Jun 17
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2000*   2010
                             
Very satisfied        6       4       5       6       3      10       2
Smwht satisfied      44      38      40      38      31      61      22
Smwht dissatisfied   30      34      33      28      35      21      36
Very dissatisfied    20      24      22      26      31       7      39
DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       -       1       1
 
 
20. Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected? (* Subgroup size less than 75, additional caution should be taken when interpreting findings of this group because of the large margin of error)
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
                                                                      *
Yes/Deserves         51%     9%    87%    48%    46%    55%    41%    96%
No/Does not          44     88      8     46     49     40     55      2
DK/NA                 5      3      4      6      5      5      4      2
 
                     WHITE...............................................
                     COLLEGE DEG                               BrnAgnEv    Mltry
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Men    Wom    Yes    No   HsHld
 
Yes/Deserves         47%    37%    35%    38%    36%    45%    33%    39%    47%
No/Does not          51     58     61     58     59     51     66     56     47
DK/NA                 2      5      3      5      5      4      1      5      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes/Deserves         55%    48%    54%    51%    45%    61%    51%    48%    51%
No/Does not          41     47     41     46     49     32     43     49     44
DK/NA                 4      6      6      3      6      6      7      3      5
 
TREND: Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 16  Oct 13  Aug 17
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011
                             
Yes/Deserves         51      49      50      47      45
No/Does not          44      46      45      48      49
DK/NA                 5       6       5       5       6
 
 
21. Do you feel that Robert Menendez deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes/Deserves         48%    17%    76%    43%    45%    50%
No/Does not          34     64     11     32     42     26
DK/NA                19     19     12     25     13     24
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes/Deserves         56%    43%    42%    62%    51%    34%    45%    44%
No/Does not          26     35     38     26     30     47     31     38
DK/NA                18     22     20     12     18     19     24     18
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes/Deserves         50%    46%    48%    48%    47%    52%    52%    48%    44%
No/Does not          34     33     32     32     37     27     28     35     39
DK/NA                16     20     20     19     16     21     20     17     17
 
TREND: Do you feel that Robert Menendez deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 16  Oct 13  Aug 17
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011
                             
Yes/Deserves         48      45      44      40      41
No/Does not          34      38      37      38      43
DK/NA                19      17      20      21      16
 
 
22. Regardless of how you feel about Christopher Christie's policies, would you say you like or don't like Christopher Christie as a person?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Like                 56%    85%    30%    60%    64%    48%
Don't Like           32      8     55     28     25     37
DK/NA                13      7     15     12     10     15
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Like                 47%    60%    62%    36%    55%    66%    54%    64%
Don't Like           42     26     24     46     34     24     33     24
DK/NA                11     14     14     18     12     10     12     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Like                 52%    58%    56%    52%    62%    49%    54%    58%    59%
Don't Like           35     29     33     34     27     35     33     30     31
DK/NA                13     12     11     14     11     16     13     12     10
 
TREND: Regardless of how you feel about Christopher Christie's policies, would you say you like or don't like Christopher Christie as a person?
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 16  Oct 12  Aug 17  Jun 21
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Like                 56      55      55      59      50      49
Don't Like           32      32      32      26      35      33
DK/NA                13      13      12      14      16      19
 
 
23. And regardless of how you feel about Christopher Christie as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Christopher Christie's policies?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Like                 54%    86%    23%    60%    61%    47%
Don't Like           42     12     71     36     35     48
DK/NA                 5      2      6      4      4      5
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Like                 46%    56%    58%    30%    51%    70%    51%    63%
Don't Like           49     40     38     61     43     27     47     33
DK/NA                 5      4      5      8      6      3      3      4
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Like                 52%    54%    53%    52%    58%    44%    49%    54%    59%
Don't Like           43     40     44     43     35     46     48     44     36
DK/NA                 4      5      3      5      7     10      3      2      4
 
TREND: And regardless of how you feel about Christopher Christie as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Christopher Christie's policies?
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 16  Oct 12  Aug 17  Jun 21
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Like                 54      52      54      54      48      45
Don't Like           42      44      40      42      47      49
DK/NA                 5       4       6       4       5       6
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Approve              55%    85%    26%    62%    63%    47%
Disapprove           38     12     64     32     33     43
DK/NA                 7      3     10      6      4     10
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              44%    57%    58%    31%    54%    68%    55%    62%
Disapprove           49     37     35     58     39     26     38     33
DK/NA                 7      7      6     11      8      5      7      6
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              53%    56%    53%    54%    57%    49%    52%    54%    58%
Disapprove           39     37     41     40     32     40     42     40     35
DK/NA                 8      7      6      6     11     11      6      6      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling the state budget?
                                                             APPROVE
                                                             High    Low
                     Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 17  Aug 17  Jun 21  Feb 29  Jun 17
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2012    2010
                                                                     
Approve              55      52      54      50      47      55      45
Disapprove           38      42      39      46      48      38      49
DK/NA                 7       6       7       4       6       7       6
 
 
25. Have you heard or read anything about Governor Christie's recent proposal for a 10 percent across-the-board income tax cut?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  76%    79%    76%    75%    80%    73%
No                   23     20     24     25     20     26
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -      1
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  80%    72%    76%    79%    78%    76%    64%    81%
No                   20     27     24     20     21     23     36     19
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      1      -      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                  78%    75%    68%    83%    82%    74%    72%    78%    77%
No                   21     24     32     16     17     25     28     21     22
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      2      1      -      1      -
 
 
26. Do you support or oppose Governor Christie's proposal for a 10 percent across-the-board income tax cut?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Support              56%    83%    38%    54%    61%    52%
Oppose               33     11     51     34     33     33
DK/NA                11      6     11     12      6     15
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Support              51%    60%    60%    38%    54%    62%    59%    65%
Oppose               35     29     31     46     36     28     29     27
DK/NA                14     10      9     16     10      9     12      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Support              51%    60%    58%    54%    56%    49%    53%    56%    60%
Oppose               37     30     30     37     34     32     31     37     32
DK/NA                12     10     11     10     10     19     16      8      7
 
 
27. Do you think this tax proposal is fair or unfair to people like you?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Fair                 55%    79%    38%    54%    64%    47%
Unfair               31     13     48     31     29     34
DK/NA                13      8     14     15      7     19
 
                     Union  HAVE KIDS....                      Philly
                     HsHlds <18    PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Fair                 50%    60%    61%    47%    51%    65%    56%    60%
Unfair               34     28     28     40     36     24     28     27
DK/NA                16     12     11     13     13     12     17     13
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-49  50-64  65+    <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Fair                 58%    54%    58%    53%    52%    37%    49%    56%    66%
Unfair               29     33     27     35     36     43     35     34     22
DK/NA                13     13     15     12     12     19     17     10     13
 

Demographic Summary