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  NJ Senate: Menendez 38% Kean 34%

Survey of 500 Likely Voters

December 7, 2005

Election 2006


Menendez (D) 38%
Kean (R) 34%
Other 9%
Not Sure 18%


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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 November.

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 unfavorable view.

For Kean, the numbers are 35% favorable and 16% unfavorable.

Acting Governor Richard Codey is viewed favorably by 59% and unfavorably by 16%.

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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.

During Election 2006, Rasmussen Reports will poll at least once a month in every Senate and Governors' race. Coverage will include more frequent measurement of competitive races.

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The telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports December 7, 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).

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