THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: ISSUES AND ABILITIES

Posted at 12:01 am October 7, 1980, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

Registered New Jersey voters named Ronald Reagan as the best candidate to manage the nation’s economy; but Jimmy Carter was seen as the candidate best able to keep the country out of war. In the latest Eagleton Poll of 967 registered New Jerseyans, voters also said that Reagan would be better at reducing taxes and maintaining a strong military than Carter or John Anderson. Carter and Reagan were named by almost equal numbers as able to solve the nation’s energy problems, build U.S. prestige abroad, keep government honest and handle relations with the Soviet Union. Only a few registered voters identified John Anderson as the best candidate to handle any of these issues.

 

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