The most recent polling results by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind are part of a tracking poll begun on September 23 and conducted by telephone using a statewide, randomly selected sample of likely voters in New Jersey. These results are from 500 interviews conducted from October 1 through October 6. “Likely voters” are registered voters who have voted in the last 4 years and have a good or excellent chance of voting in this year’s Presidential contest. The sampling error for 500 adults is +/- 4.5 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. All PublicMind interviews are conducted by TMR, Inc. of Cedar Knolls, NJ. Professionally trained interviewers use a CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing) system. Random selection >is achieved through computerized random-digit dialing. This technique gives every person with a phone number (including those with unlisted numbers) an equal chance of being selected.
The wording and order of the questions included in this release are as follows:
Question: In your opinion, do you believe that the country is moving in the right direction or do you believe it has gotten off on the wrong track?
Question: How would you rate the job George W. Bush is doing as President—excellent, good, only fair, or poor?
Question: How would you rate the job George W. Bush is doing handling the economy—excellent, good, only fair, or poor?
Question: How would you rate the job George W. Bush is doing handling foreign affairs and national security—excellent, good, only fair, or poor?
Question: Later this year, there will be an election for President of the United States. If the election were held today do you think you would vote for …. or …. [ROTATE] ? If “unsure,” or “don’t know” ask “which way do you lean?”
Question: Are you satisfied with choice of candidates you have for President in this election or do you wish there were different candidates?
Question: In deciding their vote for president, people focus on different things. Which one of the following issues is the most important to you in deciding who to vote for for President…?
On that issue, _____, which candidate would do a better job?
Question: Now, in deciding their vote for president, people also focus on different qualities in a candidate. Which one of the following qualities is most important to you in deciding who to vote for for President…?
And which candidate is better described by that quality…?
Question: Recently two Presidential candidates held a debate. Did you personally watch or hear the debate or did you not have the chance?
Question: How much have you heard or read about what happened…?
Question: Based on what you saw or read, which candidate do you think did better in the debate?
Question: Now, regardless of which candidate you want to win, if you had to guess, who would you say is going to win the election for President in November… or …?
Question: Regardless of who you think will win the national election, which candidate do you think will get the most votes in New Jersey?