Background Memo  

The survey was conducted by telephone from July 10 through July 16 using a randomly selected sample of 675 registered voters statewide.  The sampling error for 675 respondents is +/- 4 percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence. The MoE for subgroups will be larger. 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. Interviews were conducted by TMR, Inc. of Cedar Knolls, NJ.  Professionally trained interviewers used 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 questions were as follows:

Question: Now I want to ask you a few questions about the criminal justice system here in New Jersey. First…How much trust do you have in the police to treat all suspects equally?

Question: How much trust do you have in prosecutors to treat all defendants equally?

Question: How much trust do you have in the ability of all defendants, regardless of income, to get competent attorneys to help defend them?

Question: How much trust do you have in the ability of defendants to have their case heard before a competent and unbiased jury?

Question: How much trust do you have in the ability of police investigators to collect and process evidence, such as DNA and fingerprints, correctly?

Question: On the issue of the death penalty, in general, would you say, you support the death penalty or oppose it?


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Survey Analysis
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