Poll: Buono Pulls Ahead By 2

New Jersey Gubernatorial Race Gets Interesting as Democrat Challenger Takes Lead

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Barbara BuonoWe warned you that New Jersey’s gubernatorial race could get close, Save Jerseyans. This is still a pretty blue state, right? But it looks like Barbara Buono is capitalizing on that natural advantage well ahead of even the most optimistic Democrat schedules.

A new private poll out Monday morning shows the Democrat state senator leading Chris Christie by 2-points, 44% to 42%, having erased an almost 40-point deficit at the beginning of March.

As for the other respondents, 9% hadn’t watched enough YouTube videos or NJTV to identify either candidate, 5% preferred Bruce Springsteen to all available options, and 2% were already  in moving vans driving to North Carolina when reached via cell phone by the interviewer (they selected Rand Paul, btw).

The poll’s data tables tell a very interesting story. 

Roughly 50% of those New Jersey voters switching their support to Buono reported doing so because, until talking to the interviewer, they were not aware that Chris Christie was a registered Republican. Another 36% thought they were voting for Bon Jovi instead of Buono, and the final 14% reported simply feeling really, really bad for her.

The April 1st telephone poll, conducted by Save Jersey, utilized a comprehensive sample of 300 respondents including Statehouse Democrat staffers, women’s studies majors from New Jersey colleges, hemp rope necklace manufacturers, “undocumented workers,” and frequent retweeters from Cory Booker’s Twitter feed. The margin of error is +/- 60 points.

Oh and by the way… Happy April Fools’ Day.  😉

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