(WEST ORANGE, OCTOBER 31) - Schundler for Governor campaign manager Bill Pascoe issued the following statement regarding the release last night of a poll commissioned by WABC-News regarding the New Jersey Governor’s race:
“What a difference a day makes. WABC Eyewitness News issued the results of their exclusive poll today, and it shows that the New Jersey Governor’s race is tightening. An Eyewitness News/Survey USA poll of 800 likely New Jersey voters shows Jim McGreevey’s lead has slipped to the single digits - it’s just a nine-point race, at 51-42 percent.
“According to this poll, Bret Schundler is trailing his tax-hiking opponent, Jim McGreevey, by just nine points. That represents a five-point move TOWARD Bret over the last two weeks in this poll. The Eyewitness News poll results are in direct contrast to yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll results, which showed Jim McGreevey’s lead in the New Jersey governor’s race widening.
“Just as important, for true handicappers, a close look at the cross-tabs on this poll reveals that the race is tightest among two key age groups - the 30-44 age group, where McGreevey’s margin is just three points (48-45 percent), and the 60+ age group, where McGreevey’s margin is just five points (49-44 percent). By contrast, the bulk of McGreevey’s lead comes from 18-30 year old voters, who tend to vote in far lower numbers than do older voters.
“WABC’s poll results are more indicative of the response that Bret has been receiving on the campaign trail these past two weeks, where crowds of New Jersey voters have been enthusiastically receiving his message of cutting taxes to keep the economy strong, improved security, and public education reform.
“In the wake of the World Trade Center attacks, anthrax mail scares, and the Yankees fighting their way to victory in the World Series, it is difficult for pollsters to get the attention of New Jersey voters. So we’re not surprised that different polls will have widely varying results.
“That’s why Bret will be working hard from now until Election Day to earn the confidence of New Jersey voters. And that’s why we intend to be celebrating a victory for New Jersey’s voters next Tuesday night.”
The Eyewitness News/Survey USA poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent. WABC has its poll results posted on their Web Site.