2004 - Center for Public Interest Polling

GARDEN STATE INCHES TOWARD KERRY

In a presidential race that many New Jersey voters believe will be the most important election they have ever voted in, the debate on domestic issues has further defined the difference between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry. The latest Star-Ledger/Eagleton-Rutgers Poll found that growing support for the challenger among men, senior citizens … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am October 19, 2004, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, George W. Bush, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

FIRST DEBATE GIVES KERRY EDGE; Women Voters Drive a Changing Electorate

Women voters and national security — these are the keys to New Jersey’s evolving electorate. Once considered by most observers to be a safe bet for Democratic challenger John Kerry, New Jersey’s presidential race has caught the attention of partisans from both camps. President George W. Bush lost this state to Al Gore by 16 … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am October 8, 2004, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, George W. Bush, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

McGREEVEY, WE HARDLY KNEW YE

It’s been four weeks since James McGreevey shocked New Jersey with the announcement that he is gay and will resign his office on November 15. And in that time, little has changed in public attitudes toward the Governor and his decision.  

Posted at 12:01 am September 13, 2004, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

9/11 PAIN STILL LINGERS

While the scars of September 11,2001 are not as deep as they were on the first anniversary of those events, many New Jerseyans still can’t shake the specter of that tragedy. Nearly half still think about the attacks at least a few times a week. And while they feel more secure now than they did … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am September 10, 2004, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, Terrorism

THE PRESIDENT BOUNCES BACK; Concerns Over Terrorism Cast Doubts About Kerry

Many of the speakers at the recent Republican convention questioned John Kerry’s ability to keep the country safe. This seems to have wiped out the large lead the Democratic challenger built among New Jersey voters following his own party’s nominating convention. Driven by voter concerns on who can do a better job with the war … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am September 9, 2004, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, George W. Bush, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, Terrorism

NEW JERSEY PUBLIC REACTS TO GOVERNOR’S RESIGNATION

New Jerseyans are trying to sort out the recent bombshell dropped by James McGreevey. On Thursday, the Governor announced that he is gay and vill resign from office because of issues surrounding an extramarital affair with another man. On first hearing the news, New Jerseyans are divided on whether McGreevey should have stuck out his … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am August 15, 2004, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

REGIONALIZATION: A LONG ROW TO HOE

In November, Governor James McGreevey stood before a gathering of the state’s municipal leaders and — echoing proposals offered by his two elected predecessors — called for regionalization of local services as a way to reduce the tax burden on New Jersey citizens. And while property taxes continue to rise, the latest Star-Ledger/Eagleton-Rutgers Poll finds … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am January 25, 2004, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

PUBLIC OPINION ON GOVERNOR MCGREEVEY TURNS NEGATIVE; Job Performance Rating Drops; Re-Election Number Suggests Vulnerability

The picture facing Governor James E. MeGreevey is as bleak as the winter landscape. His job performance rating has declined markedly since September; Democratic support continues to fall; more Garden State residents now hold unfavorable than favorable opinions of him, and only one-third of the state’s registered voters say they would vote for a second … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am January 22, 2004, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

NEW JERSEY IN BLACK AND WHITE; MANY FEEL RACIAL EQUALITY WILL NOT BE ACHIEVED IN THEIR LIFETIME

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. And four decades on, fewer than 1-in-3 New Jerseyans believes that racial equality has been achieved. In addition, the state is equally divided on whether affirmative actions programs are necessary to overcome discrimination. And, as might be expected, there are stark differences in opinion on … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am January 19, 2004, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN NEW JERSEY: DEAN LEADS DEMOCRATS; NEW JERSEY DIVIDED ON BUSH

Vermont Governor Howard Dean leads the pack in New Jersey, just as he does among Democrats in the country as a whole. On the eve of Iowa’s caucuses, the first major event in the presidential nominating process, Dean is the first choice of about one in four (23%) Garden State Democrats. Five other candidates—Senators John … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am January 18, 2004, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, George W. Bush, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll