New Jersey voters are registering disinterest in the U.S. Senatorial election

Posted at 12:01 am October 27, 1972, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

New Jersey voters are registering disinterest in the U.S. Senatorial election according to the Eagleton Institute’s New Jersey Poll. A statewide sample of 1221 adults interviewed between October 6 and 15 Indicated that only 19% could correctly identify Clifford Case as the Republican candidate while only 5% correctly identified Paul Krebs as the Democratic candidate. This low recognition factor did not seem to effect respondent’s willingness to choose between Case and Krebs. The Poll asked “If the election were held today, would you vote for Paul Krebs the Democrat or Clifford Case the Republican?” Case was preferred to Krebsby 45% to 23%. Professor Stephen Salmore, Eagleton’s expert on survey,s said that the contrast between recognition and choice is not unusual. “When respondents are presented with the candidate’s name it triggers the recall of information which enables the respondent to make a reasoned choice,” Salmore said.

 

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