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NJ Governor--Corzine 47% Forrester 36%

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

September 14, 2005 

Election 2005

New Jersey Governor

Corzine (D) 47%
Forrester (R) 36%
Other 5%



September 19, 2005--In the race to be New Jersey's next Governor, Democrat Jon Corzine's now leads Republican Doug Forrester by eleven percentage points. That's up from an eight point advantage for Senator Corzine in August. In July, Corzine held a 12-point lead. 

The latest Rasmussen Reports election poll finds that Senator Corzine attracting 47% of the Garden State vote while Forester earns just 36%.

This is the third straight Rasmussen Reports election poll showing declining support for Doug Forrester. Immediately after being nominated, Forrester earned 40% of the statewide vote.

Overall, Corzine is viewed favorably by 41% of New Jersey voters and unfavorably by 33%. That's a slight improvement for the Democrat over the past month.

The numbers for Forrester are 34% favorable and 26% unfavorable, unchanged from a month ago. It is very unusual for two statewide candidates to have such low favorability ratings.

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Forty-nine percent (49%) of Likely Voters say that New Jersey politics is more corrupt than in most other states. That's up from 47% a month ago. Six percent (6%) say it is less corrupt while 37% believe the level of corruption is typical of most other states.

Twenty-four percent (24%) say corruption will decrease if Forrester is elected. Twelve percent (12%) say it will increase.

Voters are evenly divided on the subject if Corzine wins--23% think that will lead to more corruption and 20% to less. Regardless of who wins, a majority of voters believe the level of corruption will be unchanged.

The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on September 14, 2005. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Forty percent (40%) of survey respondents were Democrats, 30% Republican.

President Bush has a 42% Job Approval rating in New Jersey. That's down from 44% a month ago and slightly below his national Approval Ratings.

In an early look at 2008, 41% of New Jersey voters plan to vote for a Democratic Presidential candidate. Thirty-five percent (35%) will pull the GOP lever while 21% said it will depend upon the candidates nominated by each party.

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This survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 14, 2005.  The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Election 2005

New Jersey Governor

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


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