Voters Likely To Miss Tonight’s Gubernatorial Debate

STATE – According to a poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, most New Jersey voters don’t know about tonight’s gubernatorial debate.

Just six percent of those surveyed knew that the first debate between Gov. Jon Corzine, Republican Chris Christie and independent candidate Chris Daggett would take place this evening. However, a majority (58 percent) expressed a desire to watch it with just 31 percent planning to skip it.


“It’s a symptom of being dominated by out-of-state media and out-of-state news that so many New Jersey voters don’t know when their candidates are going to air out their differences,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the FDU poll.

“Most people have good intentions to be good citizens,” added Woolley. “They want to follow the issues and they want to be informed. Often they just don’t have the time and opportunity.”

The debate will be aired live at 8 p.m. tonight on NJN and C-Span and will be streamed on

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind interviewed 324 likely voters by telephone on Monday, Sept. 28, Tuesday, Sept. 29 and Wednesday, Sept. 30.  A sample of 324 yields of margin of error of +/- 5%.

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