Two polls conducted by Democratic polling firms show different results in the race for Governor of New Jersey.
A Penn, Schoen & Berland Assoc. poll has Republican Christopher Christie with a five-point lead, 43%-38%, with independent Christopher Daggett at 13%. The poll was conducted between September 30 and October 5 with a sample size of 671 likely voters and a margin of error of +/- 3.8%.
The survey says that 72% of likely voters view New Jersey as being on the wrong track, and 68% viewing economic issues as most important (44% Taxes, 24% unemployment/jobs). Corruption was the top issue for 13%.
A Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research conducted for James Carville’s Democracy Corps has Corzine ahead by three points, 41%-38%, against Christie. Daggett is at 14%.
Carville was listed on reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission as a contributor to Corzine’s re-election campaign.
The Carville poll has Corzine’s favorables upside-down at 37%-46%, and Christie upside-down at 30%-42%. Daggett now has statewide name ID of 45% — up sixteen points in two weeks, but has favorables of just 14%.
“Corzine has now consolidated the vote among his base, crossing the 80 percent threshold among Democrats and winning more Democrats than Christie does Republicans for the first time,” the polling memo said. “Christie has lost significant ground with women, especially independent women.”
The Democracy Corps survey was conducted between October 6-7 among 614 likely voters and has a margin of error of +/- 4%.
Mark Penn, Doug Schoen and Stanley Greenberg were pollsters for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns.