Question: How would you rate the job Jim McGreevey is doing as governoróexcellent, good, only fair, or poor?
  All Democrats Republicans Independents
Excellent or Good
28%
40%
16%
29%
Fair or Poor
65%
54%
78%
64%
Donít know (DR)
7%
6%
6%
7%

Question: Do you think that Jim McGreevey has done a good enough job as governor to deserve reelection or would you rather see a new person in that job?

  All Democrats Republicans Independents
Re-elect
26%
36%
15%
29%
New person
56%
44%
72%
54%
Donít know (DR)
17%
19%
13%
14%
Refused (DR)
1%
1%
1%
3%

Question: Who or what do you think is most responsible for the budget deficitÖ[rotate] ?
  All Democrats Republicans Independents
Sept 11th, terrorist attacks
13%
14%
12%
11%
Poor economic performance
24%
22%
29%
13%
Governor McGreevey
10%
5%
16%
4%
Previous Governor Whitman
28%
37%
17%
40%
Cuts in federal aid to NJ
8%
10%
5%
8%
Other
6%
4%
7%
10%
Donít know
11%
8%
13%
12%
Refused
1%
--
--
2%

Question: How much have you heard or read aboutÖ..
  The governorís proposed state budget for 2003-04 the war in Iraq A pneumonia-like illness called SARS
Nothing at all
22%
1%
4%
Not very much
24%
1%
3%
Only a little
16%
3%
9%
Some
18%
7%
19%
Quite a bit
12%
30%
38%
A great deal
7%
57%
27%
Donít know
2%
--
--

Question: In order to raise money and close the budget deficit, a number of proposals have been discussed. For each of these proposals, can you tell me whether you think itís a good idea or a bad idea, or are you unsure? ..[Rotate list]

  All Democrats Republicans Independents
Raising cigarette taxes by 40 cents per pack?....
Good idea
66%
69%
67%
65%
Bad idea
27%
23%
28%
29%
Unsure
6%
8%
5%
6%
Refused
--
--
--
1%
Establishing a new 7% tax on hotel and motel Rentals?
Good idea
33%
36%
30%
37%
Bad idea
48%
42%
52%
53%
Unsure
18%
21%
17%
10%
Refused
1%
1%
1%
--
Extending the sales tax to include the complimentary rooms and meals that Atlantic City casinos give to their high rollers?
Good idea
61%
64%
57%
65%
Bad idea
29%
23%
36%
25%
Unsure
10%
12%
7%
10%
Refused
1%
1%
1%
--
Borrowing more against money New Jersey and other states are expecting from their successful law suit against the tobacco companies?
Good idea
27%
36%
18%
25%
Bad idea
53%
43%
65%
53%
Unsure
19%
20%
17%
21%
Refused
1%
1%
--
1%
Creating a new, higher tax rate for those who make more than $400,000 a year
Good idea
67%
77%
55%
67%
Bad idea
22%
14%
33%
19%
Unsure
11%
9%
12%
15%
Refused
--
--
--
--
Increasing taxes on casino revenues?
Good idea
69%
72%
66%
69%
Bad idea
19%
13%
26%
17%
Unsure
12%
15%
8%
15%
Refused
--
--
--
--

Question: In order to close the budget deficit, a number of proposals to hold back spending have also been discussed. For each of these proposals, tell me whether you think each is good idea, a bad idea, or are you unsure.
All Democrats Republicans Independents
Cutting by 10% state aid to colleges and universities?
Good idea 17% 12% 22% 15%
Bad idea 75% 84% 69% 69%
Unsure 8% 4% 10% 17%
Refused -- -- -- --
Eliminating substantial state funding for arts, culture, and history programs?
Good idea 19% 13% 26% 13%
Bad idea 70% 79% 62% 69%
Unsure 11% 7% 12% 18%
Refused -- -- -- --
Cutting health insurance for some low- income adults in the stateís FamilyCare program?
Good idea 9% 5% 9% 16%
Bad idea 85% 93% 80% 79%
Unsure 6% 2% 10% 5%
Refused -- -- -- --
Cutting 1,000 state employees?
Good idea 31% 22% 41% 28%
Bad idea 52% 62% 42% 47%
Unsure 17% 15% 16% 25%
Refused -- 1% -- --
Eliminating the property tax rebate for those families earning 100,000 dollars a year?
Good idea 48% 51% 44% 49%
Bad idea 42% 37% 50% 35%
Unsure 10% 12% 6% 16%
Refused -- -- -- --
Cutting state aid to New Jersey Transit
Good idea 21% 17% 25% 15%
Bad idea 66% 72% 59% 68%
Unsure 14% 10% 16% 18%
Refused -- -- -- --
Holding off the stateís contributions to pension funds for state employees?
Good idea 15% 13% 16% 18%
Bad idea 71% 75% 71% 63%
Unsure 13% 12% 12% 20%
Refused -- -- 1%.--
Not increasing state aid to K-12 schools?
Good idea 17% 10% 24% 16%
Bad idea 74% 84% 64% 72%
Unsure 9% 6% 11% 12%
Refused -- -- 1% --
Not increasing state aid to municipalities?
Good idea 26% 26% 29% 18%
Bad idea 56% 57% 52% 63%
Unsure 17% 16% 18% 18%
Refused 1% 1% 1% 1%

Question: Do you agree, or disagree, that if state government was better run, the state budget could be balanced without either raising taxes and fees or reducing state programs and services?

All Democrats Republicans Independents
Agree 66% 62% 71% 62%
Disagree 21% 24% 18% 21%
Donít know 13% 14% 11% 17%

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see also:

Summary Analysis
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