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Toplines - New Jersey Governor - August 4, 2009

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New Jersey Survey of 500 Likely Voters

Conducted August 4, 2009

By Rasmussen Reports

1* How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

36% Strongly approve

20% Somewhat approve

8% Somewhat disapprove

35% Strongly disapprove

0% Not sure

2* How would you rate the job Jon Corzine has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

11% Strongly approve

26% Somewhat approve

19% Somewhat disapprove

44% Strongly disapprove

0% Not sure

3* 2009 New Jersey Governor’s Race

Candidates for NJ Governor

Without Leaners

With Leaners

Chris Christie (R)

50%

52%

Jon Corzine (D)

37%

39%

Some Other Candidate

5%

4%

Not sure

8%

5%

4* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.

Candidate

Very Favorable

Somewhat Favorable

Somewhat Unfavorable

Very Unfavorable

Not sure

Christie

14%

35%

24%

18%

9%

Corzine

11%

26%

26%

36%

1%

Weinberg

6%

19%

17%

10%

47%

Guadagno

4%

21%

13%

6%

55%

5* How closely have you followed news stories about the arrests of local government officials?

35% Very closely
43% Somewhat closely
19% Not very closely
2% Not at all
1% Not sure

6* Were those arrested primarily Republicans, primarily Democrats, or a mix of Republicans and Democrats?

5% Primarily Republicans

38% Primarily Democrats

42% Mix of Republicans and Democrats

15% Not sure

7* Are New Jersey’s financial problems a result of government corruption or from the failure of state legislators to control spending?

29% Corruption

51% Failure to control spending

20% Not sure

8* If Barack Obama campaigns for Jon Corzine in New Jersey this fall, will that help Corzine, hurt Corzine or have no impact?

38% Help
22% Hurt
35% No impact
4% Not sure

9* Which gubernatorial candidate do you trust more on taxes....Chris Christie or Jon Corzine?

45% Christie

35% Corzine

20% Not sure

10* Okay…which candidate do you trust more to cut government spending?

53% Christie

21% Corzine

26% Not sure

11* Fine…which candidate is more likely to crack down on government corruption…Chris Christie or Jon Corzine?

50% Christie

28% Corzine

22% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence