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.
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
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
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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