October 22nd, 2009
11:27 AM ET
12 years ago

New Jersey poll shows Daggett gaining

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/22/art.govs.cnn.jpg caption="A new poll of New Jersey voters suggests independent candidate Chris Daggett, center, continues to make gains."](CNN) - A new poll of New Jersey voters suggests independent candidate Chris Daggett continues to make gains in that state's highly competitive gubernatorial race, primarily peeling support away from Republican challenger Chris Christie in campaign's final days.

Daggett, whom the Newark Star-Ledger surprisingly endorsed earlier this month, stands at 20 percent in the new survey conducted by Rutgers University, the highest level of support the former administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency has registered in any poll of the race to date.

Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine meanwhile holds a narrow lead over Christie, the state's former district attorney, 39 percent to 36 percent. But given the poll's 4 percentage point sampling error, the two are statistically tied.

"A rule of thumb among political junkies says that that the actual vote for a third-party candidate tends to be roughly half of what that candidate was getting in pre-election polls around Labor Day," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But Daggett has been gaining ground since those Labor Day polls, so he may be one of the few independents who finishes strong and has a significant impact on the final results."

If nothing else, Daggett's growing support could mean the ultimate victor wins with less than 40 percent of the vote, a reflection of how unsatisfied New Jersey voters appear to be with all three candidates.

The Rutgers survey also shows both Christie and Corzine have net negative approval ratings and voters are deeply concerned with taxes, unemployment, and corruption in the state.

The poll of 583 likely voters was conducted October 15-20.

Filed under: Chris Christie • Chris Daggett • Jon Corzine • New Jersey
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Doug, New Jersey

    All the mafia/union/gov libs will vote Corizine, the mafia wannabes will vote for the Democrat as they always do, and the I'm white and I hate whitey liberals will flock to the lib again too.

    Sorry, this is like 80% of New Jersey, most people are so full of hate, dishoensty, and lack values and morals, and these people are always loyal Democrats since the party represents cronieism, extortion, crime, and lies. If you notice that a soccer mom with a van filled with kids does not heistate to try and run you off the road, cut you off, swerve into another lane suddenly with no warning or blinker, or pulls right out in front of you, then you are in a blue state and will always vote Democrat, this is just how New Jersey is.

    October 22, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. KD

    Corzine already screwed up the job. Christie should be in jail. So Daggett is easily the best candidate. Unfortunately he is third party which is why people are hesitant to vote for him.

    October 22, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. They call me "tater salad"

    This country needs a third party like an ear infection!

    October 22, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Jersey Boys

    The Conservatives have really hurt this country, and this state!!

    But, no more, as long as i can vote, there will be no more of the wool being pulled over the eyes of this state!!!

    October 22, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Peter s

    I can't imagine anyone of a sound mind can get into the booth and vote for the pathetic republicans!!

    October 22, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Carl in MI

    Anybody but a Republican!! Time to kick all of them to the curb. They all talk about fiscal responsibility only in the last 10 months... funny not a single one of them uttered a word in the 8 years that Dubya was President!! Where was your fiscal responsibility then, when Bush was putting everything on the Federal Credit Card and not paying for anything??

    All of a sudden... they're all 'born-again' when it comes to fiscal responsibility!! And when you confront them on the issue.... all they'll say is 'Obama is a Socialist'.

    When did STOOPID become an admirable quality in a political party, all you GOP people? Wise up...

    October 22, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Emmanuel Goldstein

    For all those bashing Christie and the GOP: Please move to NJ!!! Buy my house in my blue ribbon town with great schools. As liberals, I know the taxes and one-party rule won't bother you nearly as much as they bother me. And I promise we will move out of NJ. Any takers?

    October 22, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Proud Member..Party of No

    If you don't watch Fox News, you're not getting the whole story.

    October 22, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Moses

    Don't worry dems, Corzine was able to buy the office with his vast fortune and will do so again.

    October 22, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Hammerer

    If anyone has been listening the vast majority of American citizens are not happy with anyone in congress. If the news media would report the news this would be common knowledge. The only way that the PEOPLE can ever control their own lives is to remove every politican that votes for a party and ignores the will of the people that they are supposed to represent.
    If the media would do it's job and be journalist and stop being chearleaders the truth could come out.
    But the Dear Leader and his enforcers do not allow that!

    October 22, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Jay T.

    YEAH! Whoo! Rally around your Party, Republicans, with a pocket full of shells! And, rally around the Corporate giants of the world, Republicans, because they have used your ignorance to take over this Country! Who-hoo! We are 20% of this country strong- same number of people who believe Obama is not a natural born citizen!

    October 22, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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