New Jersey Survey of 1000 Likely Voters

Conducted September 19, 2013 By Pulse Opinion Research

If the election for governor of New Jersey were held today, would you vote for Republican Chris Christie or Democrat Barbara Buono?

52% Chris Christie
34% Barbara Buono
6% Some other candidate
8% Not sure

If the special election for U.S. Senate were held today, would you vote for Republican Steve Lonegan or Democrat Cory Booker?

33% Steve Lonegan
52% Corey Booker
4% Some other candidate
10% Not sure

In thinking about the 2016 presidential election, suppose you had a choice between Republican Chris Christie and Democrat Hillary Clinton. If the election were held today would you vote for Republican Chris Christie or Democrat Hillary Clinton?

43% Chris Christie
48% Hillary Clinton
5% Some other candidate
4% Not sure

I’m now going to read you a short list of people in the news, for each please tell me how familiar you are with that person – very familiar, somewhat familiar, net very familiar, or not at all familiar.

First one, Chris Christie

83% You are very familiar with Chris Christie
14% Somewhat familiar
2% Not very familiar
1% Not at all familiar
0% Not sure

Barbara Buono

27% You are very familiar with Barbara Buono
35% Somewhat familiar
25% Not very familiar
13% Not at all familiar
0% Not sure

Cory Booker

53% You are very familiar with Cory Booker
27% Somewhat familiar
12% Not very familiar
8% Not at all familiar
0% Not sure

Steve Lonegan

23% You are very familiar with Steve Lonegan
27% Somewhat familiar
30% Not very familiar
19% Not at all familiar
0% Not sure

Hillary Clinton

90% You are very familiar with Hillary Clinton
9% Somewhat familiar
1% Not very familiar
1% Not at all familiar
0% Not sure

In November a proposal will be on the ballot to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $8.25 per hour. If the election were held today, would you vote in favor of raising the minimum wage or would vote against raising the minimum wage?

74% Vote in favor of raising the minimum wage
22% Vote against raising the minimum wage
4% Not sure

If Governor Christie wins re-election and then runs for president in 2016, should he resign his office in order to campaign?

47% Yes, he should resign
35% No, he should remain in office as Governor
17% Not sure

Will President Obama’s legacy will be a help or a hindrance to the Democratic Party in the 2016 presidential campaign?

39% The Obama legacy will be a help, press 1
41% The Obama legacy will be a hindrance, press 2
17% It is too early to tell, press 3
3% Not sure

For the second time, New Jersey voters will elect a lieutenant governor along with the governor. How much attention have you paid to the candidates for lieutenant governor?

7% A great deal of attention
23% Some attention
44% Very little attention
25% No attention
2% Not sure

If the legalization of gay marriage were on this year’s ballot, would you vote in favor of the legalization of gay marriage or against it?

55% You would vote in favor of the legalization of gay marriage
38% Against
9% Not sure

Do you support or oppose the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey for recreational use?

39% You support legalization
49% Oppose legalization
12% Not sure

Should homeowners on the New Jersey shore be forced to accept the construction of dunes to protect the shorelines from future storms, even if they block views of the ocean?

72% They should be forced to accept construction of dunes
11% Not
17% Not sure

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?

28% Strongly approve
27% Somewhat approve
12% Somewhat disapprove
33% Strongly disapprove
1% 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?

35% Strongly approve
31% Somewhat approve
15% Somewhat disapprove
17% Strongly disapprove
2% Not sure

LATEST KEAN U POLL: RACES TIGHTEN, MINIMUM WAGE QUESTION ENJOYS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT; PLURALITY OPPOSES LEGAL POT

Union Township – The races for Governor and U.S. Senate are getting tighter, according to the results of a new NJ Speaks / Kean University survey of 1,000 likely voters.
Some 52 percent of respondents said they would vote for Chris Christie for Governor if the election were held today. His opponent, Barbara Buono, garnered 34 percent. A Kean University poll taken in mid-June gave Governor Christie a larger lead, with 56 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him. Senator Buono had the support of 28 percent of respondents in the previous poll.
In the special election for Senate, 52 percent of respondents said they would vote for Cory Booker, while 33 percent backed Steve Lonegan. The poll is in line with other surveys showing that Booker has lost his initial huge lead over Lonegan.
“It’s not particularly surprising that the races are tightening up – generally, that’s what happens as the election nears,” said Dr. Terry Golway, director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy, which commissioned the poll. “What’s interesting is that the Governor’s approval numbers are significantly higher than his numbers as a candidate. Sixty-six percent of respondents said they strongly approved or somewhat approved of his job performance, but 52 percent said they would vote for him. That shows that the Governor remains personally popular even among critics, and that gives him a huge advantage as we move towards Election Day.”
The Governor also enjoys huge name recognition. Ninety-seven percent of respondents said they were either very familiar or somewhat familiar with Christie. But his comparatively unknown opponent, Senator Buono, has made inroads. Sixty-two percent of respondents said they were familiar with the Democratic challenger. A Kean poll in April showed that only 35 percent of respondents were familiar with her.
The NJ Speaks / Kean poll, which was taken on September 19, also surveyed opinions on a number of issues facing the state today. Some of the highlights include:
• 74 percent of respondents said they would vote in favor of a ballot question that would raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.25 an hour.
• 47 percent said that if Christie decides to run for president in 2016, he should resign as governor (if he wins re-election in November).
• 55 percent said they would support gay marriage if it were on the ballot (Governor Christie has suggested he favors leaving gay marriage to the electorate.)
• 49 percent oppose the legalization of pot for recreational use in New Jersey.
• 72 percent said that shore property owners should be forced to accept the construction of dunes designed to protect the coastline from future storms.
• 69 percent said they were paying little or no attention to the candidates for lieutenant governor. Kean University will host a televised debate between the two major-party candidates for lieutenant governor on October 11 at 7 p.m. in the University’s Wilkins Theater.