February 2003 - Center for Public Interest Polling

INTERNET PORNOGRAPHY PERVASIVE AND TROUBLING; WEB USE PLATEAUS WITH STATUS GAP REMAINING

The Internet is a portal to discovery unbounded by geography and time. But for many New Jerseyans it is also an unwanted window to a seamy side of life. Better than 6 in 10 regular Internet users have encountered pornography while simply browsing the web; a similar number have received pornography from an unsolicited e-mail. … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am February 23, 2003, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

PUBLIC OPINION OF GOVERNOR McGREEVEY AT YEAR 1

James E. McGreevey was inaugurated the 51st Governor of New Jersey just 126 days after the World Trade Center buildings fell, inheriting a weak economy and a gaping budget deficit. Not a hand that many would like to have to play. But this is the job McGreevey wanted, a job he had campaigned for non-stop … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am February 16, 2003, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

AUTO INSURANCE: THE ISSUE THAT DOESN’T GO AWAY

When James McGreevey first ran for governor in 1997, auto insurance reform was one of the key issues he used to nearly unseal incumbent Christie Whitman. And while more residents today are satisfied with their auto policies than were six years ago, a sizable number have experienced rising premiums in the past year.  

Posted at 12:01 am February 14, 2003, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, Transportation

NEW JERSEYANS STAND BEHIND DOCTORS ON MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ACTIONS

Last week, many of the state’s health care professionals temporarily shut their doors to protest the rising cost of medical malpractice insurance. New Jersey’s citizens stand behind this action, and they tend to blame excessive litigation and mismanaged insurance companies rather than incompetent care by doctors for the current problem. A majority of residents give … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am February 12, 2003, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Healthcare, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

NEW JERSEYANS ON PROPERTY TAXES: “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” MOST SUPPORT CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION ON TAX REFORM

In New Jersey, all taxes are not created equal. While relatively few residents say their state income taxes and the sales tax rate are too high, a large majority feel the amount they pay in local property taxes is unreasonable. While few New Jerseyans have heard of the proposal to hold a constitutional convention on … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am February 9, 2003, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, Taxes

NEW JERSEYANS DIVIDED ON WAR WITH IRAQ; BUSH JOB APPROVAL DOWN TO PRE-9/11 LEVELS

Secretary of State Colin Powell will be addressing the United Nations today, trying to convince the world that war with Iraq is necessary. He has to convince New Jerseyans, too. Residents of the Garden State are deeply divided on the issue. A needle-thin majority of 50 percent favor taking military action in Iraq, and just … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am February 5, 2003, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, George W. Bush, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

MAJORITY NOW SERIOUSLY CONCERNED ABOUT STATE BUDGET

Over the last year Governor James McGreevey has managed to convince New Jerseyans that the state’s budget problems are indeed serious, but that message has come with the price of a plummeting job approval rating. More in the state now disapprove than approve of the job McGreevey is doing.  

Posted at 12:01 am February 4, 2003, in Budget, Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll