September 2003 - Center for Public Interest Polling

NEW JERSEYANS ON HOMOSEXUAL PARTNERSHIPS: “NO” TO MARRIAGE, “YES” TO CIVIL UNIONS

New Jerseyans are of two minds when it comes to giving legal recognition to gays and lesbians in committed relationships. While the public narrowly opposes giving full marital status to homosexual couples, a majority would support a “civil union” concept that confers many of the same rights and benefits as marriage.  

Posted at 12:01 am September 29, 2003, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, Same-Sex Marriage

PUBLIC EDUCATION IN NEW JERSEY: GOOD AND GETTING BEflER

There is some positive news about the quality of public education in New Jersey: It’s pretty good, and getting better. This assessment comes from those who should be in a position to know—the parents of New Jersey’s public school children, as reported to the Star-Ledger/Eagleton Rutgers Poll.  

Posted at 12:01 am September 22, 2003, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Education, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

PRESIDENT BUSH’S APPROVAL DECLINES; JOB RATINGS BECOME MORE PARTISAN

Echoing findings in the nation as a whole, President George W. Bush’s job approval rating has declined here in New Jersey. However, he is generally well regarded in the state, with a majority of 56 percent who approve of the job he is doing. But there are some key shifts as we approach the 2004 … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am September 15, 2003, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, George W. Bush, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

WHITHER McGREEVEY? NEW JERSEYANS AMBIVALENT ABOUT THEIR GOVERNOR

Halfway into his term as Governor, James McGreevey is at a crossroad. At midterm, the public’s assessment of the Governor is decidedly ambivalent. As many New Jerseyans approve as disapprove of the job McGreevey is doing as Governor, many are unsure whether he has a clear vision for the state, and few feel that the … Read more …

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

9/11 TWO YEARS OUT: SCARS STARTING TO FADE; PUBLIC DIVIDED OVER WISDOM OF IRAQ INVASION

The second anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 finds New Jerseyans having healed a bit over the past year: 45 percent now say their life has returned to normal, up from 37 percent a year ago. And while 22 percent continue to think about the events of September 11, 2001 on a daily basis, … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am September 11, 2003, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, George W. Bush, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

FEW NEW JERSEYANS WOULD MISS THE NETS IF THEY GO; YET MANY SAY PROFESSIONAL SPORTS IMPORTANT TO STATE

There has been much talk about the possible comings and goings of major league teams in New Jersey over the past few ‘ears and it appears that New Jerse ans are of two minds on the issue. While the vast majority of residents agree that having home-grown professional sports teams is good for the Garden … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am September 10, 2003, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll