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Toplines - Christie and NJ Budget - April 13, 2010

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New Jersey State Survey of 500 Likely Voters

Conducted April 13, 2010

By Rasmussen Reports

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

32% Strongly approve

21% Somewhat approve

15% Somewhat disapprove

30% Strongly disapprove

2% Not sure

2* Which is a bigger problem in New Jersey — that voters are unwilling to pay enough in taxes or that the politicians are unwilling to control government spending?

11% Voters are unwilling to pay enough in taxes
79% Politicians are unwilling to control government spending

11% Not sure

3* How closely have you followed recent news stories about the recent budget dispute between Governor Christie and the teachers union?

55% Very closely
35% Somewhat closely
7% Not very closely
2% Not at all

1% Not sure

4* Governor Christie’s proposed budget calls for approximately $820 million less in local school aid. To help make up this deficit in funding do you favor or oppose a one year pay freeze on administrators, teachers and school workers salaries?

65% Favor

28% Oppose
7% Not sure

5* Are teachers’ unions more interested in the quality of education or in protecting their members’ jobs?

24% More interested in the quality of education

66% Protecting their members jobs
10% Not sure

6* Do public employee unions put a significant strain on New Jersey’s budget?

52% Yes
28% No
20% Not sure

7* Because of the current economic climate, how likely is it that you will have to move out of New Jersey?

24% Very likely, press 1

21% Somewhat likely
35% Not very likely
19% Not at all likely
2% Not sure

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