2011 - Center for Public Interest Polling

ROMNEY STILL PREFERRED BY NEW JERSEY GOP; OBAMA LOOKS STRONG AGAINST TOP REPUBLICAN CHALLENGERS

New Jersey Republican voters continue to make former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney their candidate of choice against President Barack Obama, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. While former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has built a following here, registered Republicans and independents leaning Republican prefer Romney by 28 percent to 20 percent over Gingrich.

Posted at 12:00 pm December 21, 2011, in 2012 Election, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, New Jersey Politics & Issues, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

MAJORITY OF NEW JERSEY VOTERS SUPPORT MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION

In the almost 40 years since the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll first asked about penalties for marijuana use, New Jersey voters have become more relaxed about the issue, according to the latest poll from the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University.  

Posted at 12:00 pm November 30, 2011, in Marijuana, New Jersey Politics & Issues, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

NEW JERSEYANS PLAN THANKSGIVING TRAVEL BUT MOST WILL STAY IN STATE

Half of New Jerseyans plan some travel for Thanksgiving although only 17 percent will leave the state, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Spending the day with friends and family is the most enjoyable part of the holiday for 80 percent of respondents while 11 percent place the meal above all and 3 percent call … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am November 21, 2011, in New Jersey Politics & Issues, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

NEW JERSEYANS LIKE PRESIDENT OBAMA, LESS SO HIS JOB PERFORMANCE; GOV. CHRISTIE’S POSITIVE RATINGS GROW STRONGER

President Obama continues to make a favorable impression on New Jersey registered voters, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. More than half (52 percent) now view the president favorably, significantly better than in August, when his popularity stood at 44 percent. Thirty-seven percent view him unfavorably.  

Posted at 12:01 am November 20, 2011, in Barack Obama, Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey Politics & Issues, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

DESPITE EFFORTS TO DISTANCE HIMSELF, GOV. CHRISTIE A MAJOR FACTOR IN MANY VOTERS’ DECISIONS

While Gov. Chris Christie would rather not view the recent legislative election as a personal referendum, 40 percent of New Jersey voters say their votes were driven in part by the governor, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. The referendum’s verdict? A split decision, with voters just as likely to support as to oppose Gov. Christie.  

Posted at 12:01 am November 17, 2011, in Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey Politics & Issues, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

MIXED SUPPORT FOR OCCUPY WALL STREET IN NEW JERSEY; BUT MOST SAY CAMPS SHOULD NOT BE SHUT DOWN

On the heels of today’s early morning removal of Occupy Wall Street protestors from Zuccotti Park by New York City police, a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll shows that nearly two-thirds of New Jersey registered voters who are aware of the Occupy movement believe the protestors should be allowed to maintain their camps and demonstrations. Only 23 … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 pm November 15, 2011, in NYPD, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

RUTGERS-EAGLETON POLL FINDS NEW JERSEYANS STILL FAVOR LEGALIZING GAY MARRIAGE

The seasons may have changed but New Jerseyans have not changed their minds about gay marriage since the summer. Now, as in August, 52 percent believe same-sex marriages should be legal, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Support for legalizing gay marriage jumps to 61 percent when the issue is framed in terms of “marriage equality,” the … Read more …

Posted at 1:00 pm October 28, 2011, in New Jersey Politics & Issues, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, Same-Sex Marriage

40 YEARS OF MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEMS SHOW JOBS, ECONOMY, AND TAXES CONSISTENTLY AT TOP

In the very first Rutgers-Eagleton Poll in September 1971, crime and drug addiction topped taxes as the single most important problem in New Jersey. Forty years later, crime is barely mentioned as jobs and the economy are now New Jersey’s top problem, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Taxes, which consistently have been listed first or second over … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am October 25, 2011, in Economy, New Jersey Politics & Issues, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, Taxes

VOTERS STRONGLY SUPPORT SPORTS BETTING

If the election were today, an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution allowing gambling on sporting events in Atlantic City casinos and at race tracks throughout the state would easily win approval, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Betting on sports events, which will be on the November 8 general election ballot, is supported by 58 percent of … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am October 19, 2011, in Atlantic City, New Jersey Politics & Issues, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

GOV. CHRISTIE A ‘STRONG LEADER,’ RUTGERS-EAGLETON POLL FINDS

Like him or not, New Jersey voters are convinced Gov. Chris Christie is a smart but stubborn leader according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Asked to characterize the governor using a list of traits, 88 percent of registered voters say “smart” fits Christie somewhat or very well while eight-in-ten say he is a “strong leader” … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am October 18, 2011, in Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey Politics & Issues, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll