Background Memo

The most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind was conducted by telephone from October 1 through October 8 using a statewide, randomly selected sample of 626 likely voters aged 18 and over. The sampling error for 626 adults is 4 percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence. Survey results are also subject to non-sampling error. This kind of error, which cannot be measured, arises from a number of factors including, but not limited to, non-response (eligible individuals refusing to be interviewed), question wording, the order in which questions are asked, and variations among interviewers. The interviews were conducted by TMR, Inc. of Parsippany, NJ. Professionally trained interviewers using a CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing system) conducted all interviews. Random selection was conducted through computerized random-digit dialing. This technique gives every person with a phone number an equal chance of being selected including those with unlisted numbers. Likely voters are screened through a series of questions. Results are also weighted to match known demographics.

Closed-end questions

If the election for Governor were held today, and you had to make a choice which of the following two candidates would you vote for?

Are you sure or might you change your mind?

Have you heard of Jim McGreevey and, if so, do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of him?

Have you heard of Bret Schundler and, if so, do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of him?

see also:
Larson's Analysis
Thigpen's Analysis
Salmore's Analysis
Survey Details

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