By Kirk Clay
Booker Leads Pallone & Sweeney by More Than 2 to 1 for Lautenberg’s Seat
Washington, D.C. – In a new poll released today by PowerPAC.org, New Jersey Democrats are expressing overwhelming support for Cory Booker as their next U.S. Senator over potential rival candidates Rep. Frank Pallone, Rep. Rob Andrews, and State Senate President Steven Sweeney. By a margin of two to one, New Jersey voters want to elect Cory Booker to the U.S. Senate.
PowerPAC’s also poll confirmed that Booker would easily defeat incumbent Senator Frank Lautenberg. Booker’s advantages hold across geography, populations, and issues, according to N.J. Democratic voters. “The population of New Jersey closely mirrors the Rising American Electorate of progressive whites, young people, women, and people of color,” said Steve Phillips, Chair of PowerPAC.org, “and this poll shows that the people of New Jersey clearly want Mayor Booker to become Senator Booker in 2014.”
Pallone, Sweeney and Andrews, according to the poll, are not very well-known among the state’s registered Democrats, despite Pallone and Andrews having represented NJ in Congress for over two decades each, and Sweeney leading the state’s legislature. Those registered voters who do have an opinion on 11-term Member of Congress Frank Pallone are split evenly between those with a positive opinion of him and those with a negative opinion.
Methodology: PowerPAC.org worked with Merriman River Group to survey 1,170 New Jersey registered Democrats from January 7thto 9th. The margin of error for the overall sample is +/-2.90%. The survey was conducted through automated telephone interviews.
Poll results can be found here. (“PowerPAC Poll on NJ Senate Race (PowerPoint File) PowerPAC”)
Kirk Clay is Senior Advisor at PowerPac
PowerPAC is a national social justice advocacy organization focused on expanding democracy by increasing civic participation of people of color. In 2008, PowerPAC conducted a multi-state, multi-million dollar voter registration and mobilization program in 18 states, including New Jersey, during the 2008 Presidential election. In 2012, PowerPAC launched PAC+, a new SuperPAC for America’s New Majority.