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Toplines - New Jersey Governor - September 9, 2009

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New Jersey Survey of 500 Likely Voters

Conducted September 9, 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?

34% Strongly approve

19% Somewhat approve

16% Somewhat disapprove

29% Strongly disapprove

3% 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?

13% Strongly approve

27% Somewhat approve

21% Somewhat disapprove

36% Strongly disapprove

3% Not sure

3* 2009 New Jersey Governor’s Race

Candidates for NJ Governor

With Leaners

Chris Christie (R)

46%

Jon Corzine (D)

38%

Chris Daggett (I)

6%

Not sure

10%

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

13%

29%

28%

24%

6%

Corzine

15%

30%

23%

31%

1%

Daggett

1%

28%

22%

4%

45%

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

46% Christie

31% Corzine

23% Not sure

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

46% Christie

27% Corzine

28% Not sure

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

44% Christie

32% Corzine

24% Not sure

8* Generally speaking, do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and the congressional Democrats?

30% Strongly favor
20% Somewhat favor

14% Somewhat oppose

33% Strongly oppose
4% Not sure

9* If the health care reform plan passes, will the quality of health care get better, worse, or stay about the same?

29% Better
45% Worse
20% Staying the same
6% Not sure

10* If the health care reform plan passes, will the cost of health care go up, go down, or stay about the same?

44% Cost of health care will go up

21% Cost will go down

27% Stay the same

8% Not sure

11* Is the health care reform legislation being considered by Congress likely to increase the deficit, reduce the deficit, or have no impact on the deficit?

62% Increase the deficit

8% Reduce the deficit
20% No impact on the deficit

9% Not sure

12*To cover the cost of health care reform, how likely is it that taxes will have to be raised on the middle class?

54% Very likely
23% Somewhat likely
15% Not very likely
4% Not at all likely
5% Not sure

13* Generally speaking, how would you rate the U.S. economy these days? Excellent, good, fair, or poor?

0% Excellent
3% Good
46% Fair
51% Poor
0% Not sure

14* Are economic conditions in the country getting better or worse?

37% Better
38% Worse
21% Staying the same
4% Not sure

15* In reacting to the nation’s current economic problems, what worries you more….that the federal government will do too much or that the federal government will not do enough?

48% Federal government will do too much

40% Federal government will not do enough

13% Not sure

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