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NJ Governor--Corzine 49% Forrester 40%

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

October 19, 2005 

Election 2005

New Jersey Governor

Corzine (D) 49%
Forrester (R) 40%
Other 3%



October 20, 2005--In the race to be New Jersey's next Governor, Democrat Jon Corzine's now leads Republican Doug Forrester by nine percentage points.

The latest Rasmussen Reports election poll finds that Senator Corzine attracting 49% of the Garden State vote while Forrester earns 40%. That's a slight improvement for Corzine. Two weeks ago, he was ahead by just 7 percentage points.

On the night following a televised debate between Corzine, Forrester, and two other candidates, just 39% of New Jersey voters said they had even read, seen, or heard news stories about the debate. Just 7% say that debates are very important in terms of impacting how they will vote.

Among those who had heard about the debate, 34% thought Forrester won while 29% said Corzine was better.

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Property taxes are considered the most important issue by 38% of New Jersey voters. Eighteen percent (18%) named economic growth and 16% said corruption was the issue that needs to be addressed.

On the issue of taxes, 39% trust Forrester more than Corzine. Thirty-six percent (36%) take the opposite view while 22% say they don't trust either man.

On economic growth, 41% trust Corzine more, 37% trust Forrester, and 15% say neither.

When it comes to corruption, 37% trust Forrester more, 27% Corzine, and 23% neither.

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters have a favorable impression of Forrester while 31% have an unfavorable opinion.

For Corzine, the numbers are 41% favorable and 41% unfavorable.

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This survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports October 19, 2005.  The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Election 2005

New Jersey Governor

  Corzine Forrester
October 19 49% 40%
October 4 45% 38%
Sept. 15 47% 36%
August 7 45% 37%
July 14 50% 38%
June 8 47% 40%


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