A Press of Atlantic City/Richard Stockton College poll of South Jersey voters shows Obama leading McCain by 9% in the region, while Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg leads Republican challenger Dick Zimmer.
The poll is the first non-partisan survey conducted of the 3rd Congressional District race, where State Sen. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) is running neck-and-neck with Republican Medford Mayor Chris Myers.
Myers leads Adler 38.5% to 37.1% — within the poll’s 4.5% margin of error.
There are no surprises, however, in the less competitive 2nd Congressional Districts. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Vineland) leads his challenger, Democratic Cape May Councilman David Kurkowski, by a margin of 62% to 26%.
The South Jersey poll echoes a recent Bergen Record poll, in which Obama led McCain by 9% — 50% to 41%, with 7% undecided.
In that poll, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly picked the economy as the most important issue the nation faces, and they felt Barack Obama was the better candidate to handle it by a margin of 51% to 37%.