September 24, 2003 - McGreevey Disapproval Hits New High, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Ban Hand-Held Cell Phones In Cars, Voters Say 5 - 1
New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey's disapproval rating has jumped to a new high - 52 percent - breaking the 50 percent mark for the first time, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Only 35 percent give him a positive rating.

This compares to a 49 - 35 percent disapproval in a July 17 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Republican voters disapprove of Gov. McGreevey 76 - 18 percent and independent voters disapprove 50 - 33 percent. Only Democrats give him a positive 49 - 35 percent approval. Only 24 percent of New Jersey voters, including 35 percent of Democrats, want McGreevey reelected in 2005, while 59 percent of voters want a new governor.

Voters also disapprove of the State Legislature 49 - 33 percent, similar to the previous findings.

"Gov. McGreevey's poll ratings continue to get worse, driven in part by a summer in which the bad news just didn't stop. A close associate became the target of a federal investigation and the Governor had to apologize for allowing a longshoreman's union to pay for his family's vacation to Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, the issue that polls showed could help him - his anti-sprawl campaign - seems lost in the mud," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Now the Republicans want to make McGreevey the issue in their fall campaign to capture control of the legislature. Fortunately for the governor, the polls seem to separate his high negatives from Democratic legislative campaigns. But as he reaches the mid-point in his first term, McGreevey's dismal numbers are fueling the fire of speculation that he will be a one term governor," Richards added.

McGreevey's job performance will not affect how they vote in the November elections for the State Legislature, 56 percent of New Jersey voters say. And by a 48 - 37 percent margin, voters would rather have the Democrats control the legislature. Cell Phones

Voters support 84 - 15 percent a proposed statewide ban on hand-held cell phones while driving. While 73 percent of New Jersey voters own a cell phone, only 17 percent say they use them "very often" while driving, and 25 percent say they use them "sometimes" while driving. And 51 percent of cell phone owners say they already use hands-free phones while driving.

But even cell phone owners support the ban 84 - 15 percent.

Such a ban would make roads and highways safer, 83 percent of voters say. But only 38 percent say such a ban would be "very easy" or "somewhat easy to enforce," while 60 percent say it would be "somewhat difficult" or "very difficult."

"Even though more than four in 10 New Jersey cell phone owners make calls from their cars, the overwhelming majority of voters - 84 percent - say hand-held cell phones should be banned while driving. While voters say a ban on using cell phones when behind the wheel would make for safer driving in New Jersey, they admit it would be hard to enforce such a law.

From September 18 - 22, Quinnipiac University surveyed 968 New Jersey registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut 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 James McGreevey is handling his job as Governor?

                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Approve 35% 18% 49% 33% 37% 33% 40% Disapprove 52 76 35 50 52 51 51 DK/NA 14 6 16 17 11 16 10

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 47% 37% 31% 33% 24% Disapprove 34 46 62 55 66 DK/NA 19 17 7 13 10



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

                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Approve 33% 30% 37% 31% 31% 35% 33% Disapprove 49 52 42 53 53 44 53 DK/NA 18 18 21 17 15 21 14

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 37% 37% 27% 32% 29% Disapprove 42 44 59 49 52 DK/NA 21 18 15 19 18



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

                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Approve 48% 34% 63% 45% 47% 49% 53% Disapprove 30 44 16 35 34 28 26 DK/NA 22 23 21 20 20 24 21

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 50% 49% 51% 42% 47% Disapprove 28 28 32 27 39 DK/NA 23 23 17 31 14



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

                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Approve 48% 29% 62% 50% 47% 48% 50% Disapprove 34 55 19 31 38 30 33 DK/NA 18 16 19 19 15 21 17

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 43% 53% 50% 48% 42% Disapprove 32 31 35 32 41 DK/NA 25 17 15 20 17



6. James McGreevey will be up for re-election in 2005. Would you like to see James McGreevey re-elected Governor, or would you rather see someone else elected Governor?

                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Yes/Re-elected 24% 11% 35% 22% 24% 24% 25% No/Someone else 59 81 45 57 58 60 56 DK/NA 17 8 19 21 18 16 18

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Yes/Re-elected 36% 26% 18% 19% 19% No/Someone else 40 58 66 66 66 DK/NA 24 16 16 14 14



15. 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?

                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Very satisfied 4% 2% 4% 4% 3% 4% 5% Smwht satisfied 41 36 48 35 44 39 40 Smwht dissatisfied 33 35 31 35 30 36 28 Very dissatisfied 22 26 16 25 23 20 27 DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1 1 -

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Very satisfied 4% 3% 4% 5% 2% Smwht satisfied 49 43 39 35 38 Smwht dissatisfied 26 33 39 34 34 Very dissatisfied 21 20 16 26 25 DK/NA 1 1 2 - 1



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

                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Taxes total 29% 36% 23% 31% 33% 25% 23% Taxes general 16 19 11 19 18 14 12 Property tax 13 17 12 12 15 11 11

Economy total 13% 11% 14% 15% 12% 14% 15% Economy general 4 3 3 6 4 3 5 Unemployment/jobs 8 8 9 7 7 9 9 Cost of living 1 - 2 2 1 2 1

Education total 11% 8% 11% 11% 8% 11% 14% Education general 7 6 8 7 5 8 7 Funding education 3 2 2 4 3 2 6 Education other 1 - 1 - - 1 1

Auto insurance 10% 12% 8% 10% 10% 9% 11%

Crime total 4% 1% 5% 3% 2% 5% 2% Crime/Violence general 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 Drugs 2 - 3 1 1 3 1

Housing total 4% 4% 5% 4% 4% 3% 4% Poverty/Homelessness 1 - 1 1 - 1 1 Housing Costs/ Availability 1 - 2 1 2 - - Overcrowding 2 4 2 2 2 2 3

Politicians total 4% 5% 2% 5% 5% 4% 2% McGreevey 2 3 1 3 3 2 1 Political corruption 1 1 - 1 1 1 - Politicians other 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Budget total 3% 2% 4% 4% 4% 3% 5% Budget/Spending general 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 Budget deficits 1 - 2 1 1 1 3

Healthcare total 3% 2% 3% 2% 1% 4% 1% Healthcare/Costs/ Insurance/HMO's 2 2 2 2 1 3 1 Prescription costs 1 - 1 - - 1 -

Environment/Pollution 3 - 2 3 3 2 3 Open space/Urban sprawl 2 2 3 2 3 2 1 Senior issues general 1 - - - 1 1 1 Lack of ethics/ Morality 1 - 1 1 - 1 1 Highway traffic/ congestion 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 Immigration 1 - 1 1 1 1 1

Other 3 2 4 2 4 2 3 DK/NA 4 4 7 1 3 5 5





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

                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Democratic Party 48% 5% 92% 42% 44% 52% 52% Republican Party 37 89 5 29 43 33 31 DK/NA 14 6 3 29 13 15 17

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Democratic Party 66% 50% 32% 46% 44% Republican Party 20 36 52 41 40 DK/NA 13 14 16 13 15



18. Does Governor McGreevey's job performance make you more or less likely to vote for a Democratic candidate for the state legislature this November or doesn't Governor McGreevey's job performance affect your vote for the state legislature?

                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


More likely 19% 10% 28% 16% 20% 17% 16% Less likely 21 39 8 21 23 19 17 Doesn't affect vote 56 49 62 56 54 57 60 DK/NA 4 2 3 6 3 6 7

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

More likely 23% 24% 12% 10% 18% Less likely 14 18 25 25 26 Doesn't affect vote 56 55 56 62 51 DK/NA 7 3 7 3 5



19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way James McGreevey is handling Appointments to high level positions?

                                                                     Union
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    HouseHld


Approve 23% 12% 31% 21% 25% 20% 26% Disapprove 55 68 40 60 56 53 55 DK/NA 23 20 29 18 18 27 19

Philly Urban SubUrbn ExUrbn land Shore

Approve 28% 24% 24% 22% 15% Disapprove 38 57 56 56 62 DK/NA 34 19 20 22 23



20. Do you own a cell phone?

                          Age.....................    Annual household income...
                   Tot    18-29  30-44  45-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
                          
Yes                73%    77%    84%    76%    50%    46%    63%    86%    89%
No                 27     23     16     24     50     54     37     14     11
DK/NA               -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -




21. (If "yes" q20) How often do you use a cell phone while driving a car? Very often, sometimes, rarely, or never?

                   Cell   Age.....................    Annual household income...
                   Ownrs  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K


Very often 17% 31% 19% 18% 2% 12% 14% 14% 29% Sometimes 25 24 33 23 10 22 19 27 28 Rarely 32 31 29 35 36 34 39 33 28 Never 25 15 19 25 51 31 28 26 15 DK/NA - - - - 1 1 - - -



22. There is a proposal in the state legislature to prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. Drivers who wanted to use a cell phone would have to use equipment which would allow for handsfree operation of the cell phone. Do you think it is a good or a bad idea to make it illegal to use hand-held cell phones while driving?

                   Cell   Age.....................    Annual household income...
            Tot    Ownrs  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K


Good idea 84% 84% 75% 85% 85% 89% 86% 82% 87% 82% Bad idea 15 15 25 14 14 11 14 17 12 17 DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1 - - 1 1 -



23. How much do you think prohibiting the use of hand held cell phones while driving would do to make the roads and highways in New Jersey safer - A great deal, some, not much, or nothing at all?

                   Cell   Age.....................    Annual household income...
             Tot    Ownrs  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K


Great deal 45% 41% 29% 43% 46% 55% 56% 50% 41% 33% Some 38 40 40 39 37 38 34 35 44 40 Not much 11 12 17 11 12 5 5 7 10 20 Nothing 5 5 11 6 5 - 3 8 4 7 DK/NA 1 2 2 1 - 3 2 - 1 -



24. How easy or difficult do you think it would be to enforce a law prohibiting the use of hand held cell phones while driving - Very easy, somewhat easy, somewhat difficult, or very difficult?

                   Cell   Age.....................    Annual household income...
             Tot    Ownrs  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
       
Very easy    16%    16%    18%    14%    17%    16%    13%    19%    16%    18%
Smwht easy   22     22     23     23     24     19     26     18     21     24
Smwht diff   39     39     39     42     36     43     42     43     37     37
Very diff    21     22     20     20     22     18     17     19     25     21
DK/NA         2      2      -      1      1      4      2      1      1      1




25. (If "yes" q20) When using your cell phone in your car, do you use equipment which allows for handsfree operation of the cell phone?

                   Cell   Age.....................    Annual household income...
                   Ownrs  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K


Yes 51% 64% 56% 47% 20% 62% 50% 48% 53% No 48 36 44 51 78 35 50 52 46 DK/NA 1 - - 2 3 2 - - 1



26. Do you think it is a good or a bad idea to make it illegal to use all cell phones, including hands-free cell phones, while driving?

                   Cell   Age.....................    Annual household income...
            Tot    Ownrs  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K


Good idea 36% 30% 27% 26% 39% 50% 47% 37% 28% 30% Bad idea 62 68 68 73 59 46 48 63 69 68 DK/NA 3 3 5 1 2 4 6 - 3 2