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NJ Governor--Corzine 47% Forrester 40%

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

June 8, 2005 

Election 2005

New Jersey Governor

Corzine (D) 47%
Forrester (R) 40%
Other 5%

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June 8, 2005--On the first day of New Jersey's General Election campaign, Democrat Jon Corzine leads Republican Doug Forrester by seven percentage points in the race for Governor.

Corzine attracts 47% of the vote to 40% for Forrester. Five percent (5%) of voters say they will opt for some other candidate while 8% are not sure.

Forrester may be enjoying a modest bounce following his victory in Tuesday's primary. During Election 2004, John Kerry temporarily gained a few points following each victory in a competitive primary.

Corzine is viewed favorably by 42% of New Jersey voters and unfavorably by 36%. The numbers for Forrester are 38% favorable and 28% unfavorable.

Former Governor Jim McGreevey, who resigned last year, may be having an impact on the current race. He is viewed favorably by 32% of New Jersey voters and unfavorably by 53%. Democrats are evenly divided.

Among Democrats with an unfavorable opinion of McGreevey, just 63% will vote for Corzine. Twenty-six percent (26%) say they will vote for Forrester. Among other Democrats, Corzine leads 81% to 7%.

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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on June 8, 2005. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Thirty-nine percent of respondents were Democrats, 31% Republican.

Forrester leads 74% to 11% among conservative voters. He also leads among married voters and Evangelical Christians.

Corzine leads 73% to 14% among liberal voters and most other demographic groups.

Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters see Forrester as politically conservative while 40% see him as moderate.

Forty-three percent (43%) see Corzine as politically liberal while 32% see him as moderate.

President Bush is viewed favorably by 48% of New Jersey voters and unfavorably by 51%. These figures are slightly below his national Approval Ratings. Forrester is attracting 65% of the votes from those who Approve of the President's performance. Corzine gets 69% of the votes from those who disapprove.

In a generic look at Election 2008, 48% of Garden State voters say they are likely to vote for a Democratic Presidential candidate. Thirty-six percent (36%) say they are likely to vote for a Republican.

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This survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports June 8, 2005.  The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.



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