Poll: Corzine Narrows Gap in NJ Gubernatorial Race


corzine-christieGov. Jon Corzine is closing the gap in the New Jersey governor’s race, a new poll shows. A Quinnipiac University poll released today finds the incumbent Democrat has pulled to within 4 percentage points of Republican Chris Christie. Christie still leads 43 percent to 39 percent among likely voters surveyed. A Sept. 1 poll had Christie up by 10 points.

The former federal prosecutor is hoping to deny Corzine a second term. The election is Nov. 3.

The third candidate in the race, independent Chris Daggett, is pulling in 12 percent, 3 percent higher than on Sept. 1.

Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Director Maurice Carroll says Daggett is a factor in the race, though his support could wane by Election Day.

Corzine’s favorable rating remains an upside down 56 percent with a negative opinion of the governor, compared with 34 percent with a positive opinion.

Christie’s favorable/unfavorable rating is 38-38, his worst measure of favorability so far in the campaign.

“The attack, attack, attack style of this rugged campaign is taking a toll on Christie,” says Carroll.

Voters in the survey are split on whether either candidate is honest and trustworthy.

However, nearly twice as many (61 percent) believe that property taxes would rise in a Corzine administration than in a Christie administration (34 percent). Four voters in 10 identify property taxes as the most important issue of the campaign.

The telephone survey of 1,188 likely voters was taken Sept. 23-28 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

{Garden State Gazette/Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. A typical ploy used by the “pollsters”. Give as much momentum to the liberal candidate as possible thru “push questions”, but as it gets within a day or two of the election, show the true two numbers, as not to look like fools.

    Don’t fall for it – he probably is still just as far in the polls as he was a few weeks ago.


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