Methodology, Questions, and Tables 

see also:
Tabular Results
Salmore's Analysis
Thigpen's Analysis

The most recent survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind was conducted by telephone from September 18 through September 23 using a randomly selected sample of 601 likely voters aged 18 and over. The sampling error for 601 adults is ± 4.0 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. Our interviews are conducted by TMR, Inc. of Parsippany, NJ. Professionally trained interviewers using a CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing System) conduct all interviews. Random selection is achieved by computerized random-digit dialing. This technique gives every person with a phone number (including those with unlisted numbers) an equal chance of being selected Registered voters are screened through a series of questions. Results are mathematically weighted to match known demographics.

Question: Now, one issue in the campaign has been how to clean up New Jersey's highly polluted superfund sites…[ROTATE] …Bob Torricelli, the Democrat, first wants to make sure that the cost of cleaning up the sites is paid by those who polluted them and not by taxpayers.…Doug Forrester, the Republican, wants to clean up the sites as quickly as possible, using taxpayers money if necessary.Which position to you agree with… [ROTATE]?

Question: For each problem mentioned, tell me if you think this is a crisis for the country, a major problem but not a crisis, a less important problem, or not a problem at all.

Question: In July, Senator Bob Torricelli was officially reprimanded by the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee for accepting gifts from a campaign contributor, which violates official Senate rules. How much have you heard or read about this issue?

Question: As a New Jersey resident, how concerned are you about what people in other states think of New Jersey?

Question: Comparing New Jersey to other states, do you think New Jersey has more or fewer dishonest politicians?




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