State data from National Survey of 15,000 Likely Voters May
Monday, June 14, 2004--During the month of May, 31% of
New Jersey voters rated the U.S. economy as good or excellent. That's
the same as the national average.
However, a Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 28% of
New Jersey residents rated the economy as poor. Nationally, that
figure was 33%.
In the Garden State, 34% of all adults said that their personal finances were
getting better while 40% said worse. For the entire
United States, 33% said better and 44% worse.
Rasmussen Reports measures the economic confidence of
Consumers and Investors on a daily
basis. In addition to gathering responses to specific questions,
we compile the data as the Rasmussen Index.
For the full month of May, the Rasmussen Consumer Index
averaged 109.2 on a national basis, while the Rasmussen Investor
Index averaged 131.3 nationally.
For the state of New Jersey, the Rasmussen Consumer Index
was at 113.4 for the month of May. That's four points above the
109.2 reading for the
nation at large. The baseline of 100.0 was established in
October 2001. Higher readings mean a higher level of economic
The Rasmussen Investor Index in New Jersey was two points
above the national average in May.
Separately, Rasmussen Reports
Presidential polling data
for New Jersey shows John Kerry leading George Bush in this
Democratic leaning state.
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This data has been compiled
from a national telephone survey of 15,000 Adults conducted by
Rasmussen Reports from May 1-31, 2004. Each night (except
Mothers’ Day), 500 interviews with Likely Voters were conducted.
State-by-state samples carry a margin of error that varies from +/-
3 percentage points to +/- 5 percentage points depending upon the
state. Data for New Jersey, New Jersey, and New York carries a 3
percentage point margin of error. For New Jersey, Illinois,
Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan, the margin of error is +/- 4
percentage points. For all other states, the margin of error is +/-
5 percentage points. In all cases, the margin of error is expressed
with a 95% level of confidence. In some states, oversampling and supplemental interviews were
used to obtain an adequate sample size for reporting
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