Clean Election Districts are Different

Posted at 12:00 am November 29, 2007, in Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

Compared to voters statewide, voters in the experimental Clean Elections districts were more likely to say they had heard or read about Clean Elections legislation and had heard or read about the legislative races in their district. According to a study undertaken jointly by Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics and Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind Poll for the Clean Elections Citizens’ Advisory Committee, 22% of likely voters statewide but 44% of voters in Clean Elections districts heard some or quite a lot about the experimental legislation. In addition, just 37% of likely voters statewide compared to 70% of likely voters in Clean Elections districts reported they heard some or quite a lot about the legislative races in their district. “There was a distinct and positive change this year in voters’ awareness of the reform legislation compared to two years ago,” said Tim Vercellotti, director of polling at Eagleton.

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