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Poll Offers Mixed Bag For Corzine

October 4, 2000

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ A new poll gives Democrat Jon Corzine a firm lead over Republican Rep. Bob Franks in their race to succeed retiring Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

However, the Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday was a mixed bag for Corzine, as it suggests that while three out of four registered voters know enough about him to form an opinion, roughly the same number of voters view him unfavorably as favorably.

Franks remains unknown to more than half the voters, but his favorability rating is higher than his negative.

The Corzine campaign has spent at least $50 million, a spending record for any U.S. Senate race. Franks’ campaign has not yet disclosed any spending figures _ reports are due Oct. 15 _ and only started running his first TV commercial on Wednesday.

The Quinnipiac Poll gave Corzine a 48 percent to 34 percent lead over Franks among likely voters. It was taken from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 among 1,045 registered voters, of whom 820 said they were likely to vote. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points for both groups. Eighteen percent were undecided.

A poll issued Monday, by Research 2000 of Rockville, Md., also gave Corzine a 48-34 lead. That poll of 1,110 people was taken Sept. 21 to Sept. 27. The margin of error for the poll was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Among likely voters polled by Quinnipiac, 26 percent had a favorable impression of Corzine, 23 percent had an unfavorable view and 27 percent had mixed views. Twenty-three percent had no opinion.

As for Franks, the poll found 55 percent did not know enough about him to form an opinion. Seventeen percent had a favorable view, 11 percent an unfavorable view and 17 percent had a mixed opinion.

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On the Net:

Corzine: http://www.votecorzine.org

Franks: http://www.bobfranks.com

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