December 8, 2005--Rumors circulating
about who Jon Corzine will nominate to complete his Senate term have
captivated New Jersey's political class in recent weeks. However,
New Jersey voters have been tuning out.
Forty-nine percent (49%) have no opinion
of the man expected to replace Corzine--Congressman Robert Menendez.
Forty-nine percent (49%) also have no opinion of the man likely to
face Menendez in Election 2006--State Senator Tom Kean, Jr.
Menendez will fill Corzine's seat in the
Senate during 2006 and campaign to win a term of his own next
A Rasmussen Reports election poll finds
that Menendez currently leads Kean 38% to 34% in that election
campaign. More than a quarter of the state's voters say they are not
sure or would vote for some other candidate.
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Twenty-seven percent (27%) of New Jersey
voters have a favorable opinion of Menendez while 24% hold an
For Kean, the numbers are 35% favorable
and 16% unfavorable.
Acting Governor Richard Codey is viewed
favorably by 59% and unfavorably by 16%.
Fifty-one percent (51%)
of New Jersey voters Approve of the way Governor-elect Corzine has
performed in that role.
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By a 52% to 35% margin, New Jersey
voters say that the situation in Iraq is a more important issue than
immigration. Fifty-nine percent (59%) favor building a barrier along
the Mexican border to reduce illegal immigration.
Fifty percent (50%) say President Bush
is doing a poor job handling the situation in Iraq.
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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports
2005. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5
percentage points at the midpoint with a 95% level of confidence (see Methodology).