New Jersey: Voters want no pain in pension fix

August 13, 2014 Albert N. Milliron 0
August 11, 2014 – New Jersey Voters Want No Pain In Pension Fix, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Support For Bail Reform Is 4-1 PDF format

New Jersey voters offer mixed messages on how to fix the state’s public employee pension system, but only 12 percent want to increase taxes to make up the multi-billion-dollar shortfall in pension funds, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

Public employee pensions are too high, 47 percent of voters say, while 9 percent say too low and 34 percent say pensions are about right, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Asked how to make up the pension shortfall:
  • 12 percent of voters, including 16 percent of Democrats, say increase taxes;
  • 26 percent of voters, including 40 percent of Republicans, say find a way to reduce the amount owed to workers when they retire;
  • 53 percent of voters, including 46 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of Democrats and 47 percent of independent voters, say use a combination of increased taxes and reduced payments.
But New Jersey voters say 55 – 33 percent that public employees should not agree to accept lower pension payments in exchange for higher taxes to fund the pension system. Opposing the trade-off are Republicans 49 – 39 percent, Democrats 62 – 29 percent and independent voters 54 – 34 percent. “With Gov. Christopher Christie’s ‘no pain, no gain’ summertime tour of the state, the public employee pension system is under attack,” said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “But New Jersey is still a labor-friendly state. Should workers accept lower payments? Most voters say no. Should taxes go up? A bigger no.” Voters disapprove 50 – 41 percent of Gov. Christopher Christie’s decision to reduce the amount paid to the public workers’ pension fund. If pension costs must be reduced, 52 percent of voters say the best way is to call on public employees to contribute more to their pensions, while 31 percent say the best way is to make public employees wait until they are older to collect pensions. “We’ll have to see what the governor’s pension study commission comes up with, but most voters think worker contributions should be raised. Some would favor a longer wait for eligibility,” Carroll said. Holding the line on taxes is helping the New Jersey economy create jobs, 68 …read more

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New Jersey: Voters give Christie a split decision; Sandy recovery is governor’s only bright spot

August 9, 2014 Albert N. Milliron 1
August 7, 2014 – New Jersey Voters Give Christie A Split Decision, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Sandy Recovery Is Governor’s Only Bright Spot PDF format

New Jersey voters are divided in their opinions about Gov. Christopher Christie as 49 percent approve of the job he is doing, while 47 percent disapprove, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. Voters are divided 48 – 48 percent on whether Gov. Christie is more of a leader or more of a bully.

This is the governor’s lowest net job approval rating since a 47 – 46 percent score in an August 17, 2011, survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. The split bully-meter rating is unchanged from the results of an April 9 survey. There are party and gender gaps in Christie’s rating: Men approve of Christie 54 – 42 percent, as women disapprove 50 – 44 percent. Democrats disapprove 71 – 23 percent, while Republicans approve 86 – 12 percent. Independent voters are divided, with 47 percent approving and 50 percent disapproving. Christie’s favorability rating also is divided 47 – 47 percent. Looking at the governor’s personal characteristics, New Jersey voters say:
  • 46 – 49 percent that he is honest and trustworthy;
  • 47 – 49 percent that he cares about their needs and problems;
  • 68 – 30 percent that he has strong leadership qualities.
“People used to talk about Gov. Christopher Christie’s appeal to independent voters, but many of those voters now have second thoughts,” said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “Bridgegate has faded from the headlines, but Gov. Christie still hasn’t recovered. His near-70 percent job approval rating in July 2013 dropped to 49 percent in April and is still there.” “The ‘Jersey Guy’ image that Gov. Christie has cultivated had earned him national attention as a tough guy,” Carroll added. “But now his neighbors are divided on whether he cares about them. “And being drubbed in the news media for months about Bridgegate has eroded people’s confidence in the Gov’s honesty.” A total of 50 percent of New Jersey voters are very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the way things are going in the state today, with 50 percent somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied. The Garden State economy is excellent or good, 34 percent of voters say, while 65 percent say it’s not so …read more

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New Jersey: Clinton bests Christie

August 8, 2014 Albert N. Milliron 1

August 6, 2014 – Clinton Blooms Over Christie In Garden State, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Booker Tops Little-Known Challenger By 10 Points PDF format

Despite his favorite son status, New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 50 – 42 percent in an early look at the 2016 presidential race in the Garden State, measured in a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

Secretary Clinton has double-digit leads over other possible Republican contenders, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds:

  • 54 – 34 percent over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush;
  • 55 – 35 percent over U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky;
  • 57 – 34 percent over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

There is a large gender gap in the Clinton-Christie matchup as women back the Democrat 54 – 38 percent, while men are divided with 47 percent for Christie and 44 percent for Clinton. She leads 85 – 10 percent among Democrats and 48 – 42 percent among independent voters. Republicans go to Christie 85 – 7 percent.”As Gov. Christopher Christie traipses around the nation, his presidential potential seems alive, but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the adopted girl next door, easily beats him in his home state,” said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.”Gov. Christie does better against Clinton in New Jersey than the other Republicans. Here he looks like another Woodrow Wilson.”New Jersey voters give Clinton a 60 – 38 percent favorability rating. Christie gets a split 47 – 47 percent favorable score. The other Republicans all get mixed favorability ratings:

  • 32 – 33 percent for Bush.
  • 31 – 33 percent for Paul
  • 34 – 31 percent for Huckabee.

New Jersey voters say 55 – 39 percent that Christie would not be a good president. Democrats say no 79 – 16 percent and independent voters agree 55 – 39 percent. Republicans say 72 – 23 percent that Christie would make a good president.Christie should run for president, 46 percent of voters say, while 49 percent say he should stay home.”His New Jersey neighbors don’t think Christie would be a good President and almost half of them don’t want him to run,” Carroll said. U.S. Senate Race.

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