New Jersey Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters

On August 30, 2011 Pulse Opinion Research conducted a survey of 1,000 likely voters in New Jersey.

How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

27% Strongly approve
26% Somewhat approve
12% Somewhat disapprove
32% Strongly disapprove
3% Not sure

How would you rate the job Chris Christie has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

30% Strongly approve
24% Somewhat approve
20% Somewhat disapprove
24% Strongly disapprove
2% Not sure

Does New Jersey spend too much money on K-12 public education, too little money on K-12 public education or do they spend about the right amount?

27% New Jersey spends too much money on K-12 public education
39% Too little money
27% They spend about the right amount
7% Not sure

How satisfied are you with the quality of public schools in New Jersey?

22% Very satisfied
45% Somewhat satisfied
20% Not very satisfied
7% Not at all satisfied
6% Not sure

How satisfied are you with the quality of your local public school or school district?

32% Very satisfied
38% Somewhat satisfied
17% Not very satisfied
6% Not at all satisfied
7% Not sure

How satisfied are you with the teachers in your local school or school district?

30% Very satisfied
40% Somewhat satisfied
11% Not very satisfied
5% Not at all satisfied
14% Not sure

Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree that teachers should be given pay raises based on merit rather than contractual increases?

51% Strongly agree
24% Somewhat agree
12% Somewhat disagree
9% Strongly disagree
5% Not sure

How important are standardized test results in measuring a school or district’s success?

22% Very important
46% Somewhat important
23% Not very important
6% Not at all important
3% Not sure

Do you favor or oppose an increase in the number of charter schools as part of a statewide plan to improve student performance?

39% Favor
35% Oppose
26% Not sure

State education funding must comply with a court ruling called Abbott v. Burke, which mandates certain levels of funding in poor school districts. How familiar are you with the details of that case?

19% Very familiar
30% Somewhat familiar
28% Not very familiar
20% Not at all familiar
2% Not sure

If it meant a decrease in property taxes, would you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the merger of your town’s schools with schools in neighboring towns in your home county?

35% Strongly favor
28% Somewhat favor
17% Somewhat oppose
13% Strongly oppose
7% Not sure