Background Memo  

The most recent survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind was conducted by telephone from January 2 through January 7 using a randomly selected statewide sample of 611 registered voters.  The sampling error for 611 respondents is +/- 4 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. PublicMind interviews are conducted by professionally trained interviewers use a CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing) System. 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. Results are mathematically weighted to match known demographics.

The questions included in this release are as follows:

Question: Now, turning to New Jersey… In your opinion, do you think things in New Jersey are moving in the right direction or do you think the state has gotten off on the wrong track?

Question:  Have you heard of [rotate list]? If you haven't just tell me. [If yes, ask:] Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of …? Would that be very or somewhat?

Question:  Have you heard of [rotate list]? If you haven't just tell me. [If yes, ask:] Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of …? Would that be very or somewhat?

Question: How would you rate the job Jon Corzine is doing as governor…[READ]?

Question: Do you approve or disapprove of the job Jon Corzine is doing as governor?

Question: Recently, New Jersey raised its sales tax from 6 per cent to 7 per cent. So far, how much of a difference has this made to you personally…?

Question: It has been suggested that the New Jersey Turnpike could be leased to a private company. The private company would run the turnpike and pay the state a large amount of money. How much have you heard or read about this proposal?

Question: And do you think it would be a good idea or a bad idea to lease the New Jersey Turnpike?

see also:
Survey Analysis
Tabular Results

Republican Response

Democratic Response

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