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FOR RELEASE: AUGUST 18, 2011
 
NEW JERSEY VOTERS SAY NO TO TOLLS,QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;MORE WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT MEANS FEWER SEX SCANDALS
 
 New Jersey voters oppose 54 – 41 percent increasing tolls, no matter what the economicconditions, on bridges and tunnels between New Jersey and New York, according to aQuinnipiac University poll released today.Rural voters, who may be less likely to drive into New York, split 47 – 47 percent, theindependent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Urban voters, also less car-dependent, split 47 – 49 percent. Opposition grows from 55 – 41 percent in the Philadelphiasuburbs to 57 – 37 percent among voters in shore areas.Most voters, 54 percent, blame the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for the proposed toll hikes, while only 28 percent blame the governors of New York and New Jersey,even when it is pointed out that the governors appoint the Port Authority board members.By a 38 – 17 percent margin, New Jersey voters have an unfavorable opinion of the PortAuthority, with 43 percent who haven’t heard enough about the authority to form an opinion.“Just about everyone in New Jersey has heard about the Port Authority’s toll proposalsand they’re not popular,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University PollingInstitute. “Even in South Jersey, where there’s another Port Authority which controls toll bridges to Pennsylvania, voters are opposed.”“Most voters don't think there’s any economic justification for toll increases.“And voters blame the faceless entity called ‘the Port Authority,’ rather than the flesh and blood governors, Christopher Christie in New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo in New York, whoappoint the people who want to raise the tolls.”
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Maurice Carroll, Director,Quinnipiac University PollingInstitute(203) 582-5334Rubenstein Associates, Inc.Public Relations 
 
Quinnipiac University Poll/August 18, 2011 – page 2
There should be more women in high elective office, 54 percent of New Jersey voterssay, while 33 percent say there are enough women in office now. Women voters want morewomen in office 65 – 27 percent while men barely support the call for more women 42 – 39 percent.Male elected officials are more likely than women to have sex scandals, 80 percent of voters say, while 17 percent say there is not much difference. Here there is no gender gap.Women officials are more likely to have the right priorities, 18 percent of voters say,while 7 percent trust men more and 73 percent say there is not much difference.Woman officials are more likely to be problem solvers, 29 percent of voters say, while 8 percent say men solve problems better and 62 percent say there is not much difference.“As in the other states where Quinnipiac University has asked about women in politics, New Jerseyans think there should be more women,” Carroll said. “Men think so by the smallestof margins. Women? You guessed it.”“Would women in government be better problem solvers than men, or be more likely tohave the right priorities? Most voters think men and women would be about the same.“How about staying clear of sex scandals? Read the headlines. New Jersey voters, menand women, agree – men are far more likely to misbehave.”Few New Jersey voters know much about Gov. Christopher Christie’s nomination of aMuslim judge to the State Superior Court, but 65 percent say the fact that Sohail Mohammed is aMuslim won’t affect his performance. Only 15 percent say it will have a negative effect and 4 percent say it will have a positive effect.Voters say 85 – 8 percent that the fact that a person is a Muslim should not keep themfrom serving as a judge in New Jersey. There is strong agreement among all groups and in allregions of the state.“There has been some brouhaha in other parts of the country about Muslims trying toimpose Sharia Law, or Muslim Law, on America,” Carroll said. “New Jerseyans aren’tconcerned.”From August 9 – 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,624 registered voters with amargin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts publicopinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginiaand the nation as a public service and for research.
For more data or RSS feed– http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, orfollow us onTwitter.
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24. Is your opinion of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - favorable,unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht BlkFavorable 17% 17% 18% 18% 20% 14% 18% 14%Unfavorable 38 43 28 43 44 32 38 28Hvn't hrd enough 43 38 52 37 33 52 42 55REFUSED 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 3PhillyUrban SbUrbn ExUrbn land ShoreFavorable 24% 17% 21% 10% 16%Unfavorable 38 44 41 26 36Hvn't hrd enough 36 38 36 63 45REFUSED 2 2 2 2 325. Have you heard or read anything about plans to raise tolls on bridges and tunnelsbetween New York and New Jersey?Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht BlkYes 82% 86% 75% 86% 82% 82% 83% 73%No 18 13 24 14 18 18 16 27DK/NA 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 1PhillyUrban SbUrbn ExUrbn land ShoreYes 82% 86% 85% 67% 84%No 18 14 15 31 15DK/NA - - - 2 126. Who do you blame more for these proposed toll hikes: The Port Authority of New York& New Jersey, which operates the bridges and tunnels, or the governors of New York andNew Jersey who appoint the Port Authority board members?Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht BlkPort Authority 54% 66% 45% 58% 61% 47% 58% 33%Governors 28 18 38 24 21 35 25 45BOTH(VOL) 5 4 4 6 6 4 5 5NEITHER(VOL) 2 3 2 3 3 1 2 2DK/NA 10 9 11 10 8 12 10 14PhillyUrban SbUrbn ExUrbn land ShorePort Authority 53% 58% 57% 40% 56%Governors 30 25 23 40 29BOTH(VOL) 6 4 7 6 3NEITHER(VOL) 1 3 3 2 2DK/NA 10 10 10 12 9327. Do you think that economic factors might justify some increase in tolls or not?

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