Table 1

Question:

Better

Same

(vol)

Worse

Donít Know /ref (vol)

We are interested in how people in New Jersey are getting along financially at the present time. Would you say that you (and your family living there)are better off or worse off financially than† you were a year ago?
29%
31%
39%
1%
Now looking ahead--do you think that a year from now you (and your family living there) will be better off financially, or worse off?
48%
20%
22%
11%
Would you say that at the present time business conditions in New Jersey are better or worse than they were a year ago?
15%
10%
68%
7%
And how about a year from now--do you expect during the next 12 months business conditions in New Jersey will be better or worse than they are at present?
43%
11%
34%
12%

Table 2

Question:

In the past year (2002) did you Ö?

In the next 12 months, do you expect toÖ ?

[ROTATE LIST]

Yes

No

Unsure/
ref (vol)

Yes

No

Unsure/
ref (vol)

Buy or lease a car

32%

68%

0%

21%

75%

5%

Purchase stocks or other types of investments outside your pension plan

28%

71%

1%

29%

63%

8%

Buy a major home appliance

36%

65%

0%

24%

68%

9%

Make a major home improvement or repair over $1000

33%

67%

0%

35%

61%

5%

Purchase an airline ticket for a pleasure trip

33%

67%

0%

44%

52%

4%

Go away on vacation for a week or more

49%

51%

0%

63%

33%

4%

Buy a computer

27%

73%

0%

21%

75%

3%

Refinance your house or take a home equity loan

19%

81%

1%

13%

85%

2%

Buy or build a house

8%

93%

0%

12%

86%

2%

Visit an Atlantic City casino

30%

70%

0%

28%

66%

6%

Increase the unpaid balance on your credit card

29%

66%

5%

13%

81%

6%

Table 3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table 4

Question:† Now thinking about the outstanding balance on your credit cards-- how difficult is it to make payments on the balances? Would you say it is...

 

Question:† During the next 12 months, do you think that housing prices in your area will go up or go down?

Very difficult
8%
Up
70% 
Somewhat difficult
16%
Neither/Same (vol)
12% 
Not very difficult
22%
Down
15% 

Not at all difficult

36%

Donít know/ ref (vol)

4%

 

Donít use/Donít have credit cards (vol)

18%

 

Table 5: Composite Number (scale of 0 Ė 100)

   

Income in k

Gender

Party

  All 150+ 100-
150
75-
100
50-
75
25-
50
less than 25 Male Female Dem Ind Rep

Index of (this yearís) Consumer Intentions

42

47

52

46

45

39

31

44

40

40

37

47

Index of† (the past yearís) Consumer Performance

33

40

45

38

35

28

18

34

31

32

29

37

Table 6

Question: Do you think Governor Jim McGreevey's policies have helped or hurt the New Jersey economy? Would that be somewhat or a lot?

 

Question: Do you think President George Bush's policies have helped or hurt the New Jersey economy? Would that be somewhat or a lot?

 
All
Dem
Ind
Rep.
All
Dem.
Ind.
Rep.  
Helped a lot
4%
6%
2%
4%
8%
4%
1%
16% 
Helped somewhat
16%
25%
7%
10%
19%
14%
15%
30% 
Neither (vol)
20%
20%
19%
19%
16%
10%
18%
21% 
Hurt somewhat
23%
21%
17%
30%
23%
30%
16%
16% 
Hurt a lot
18%
12%
20%
23%
18%
26%
20%
7% 
Donít Know/ref (donít read)
19%
16%
35%
15%
16%
16%
29%
11% 

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see also:

Almeida's Analysis
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