Mazzeo leads Polistina 48-41% in Stockton poll

Assembly Member Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield) leads State Senator-elect Vince Polistina (R-Egg Harbor) by seven points, 48-41%, according to a new Stockton University survey released today.

The race between Mazzeo and Polistina is considered among the the most competitive state, and witnessed the highest level of spending so far from any district in the state. Each of the district’s three seats has been held by both Democrats and Republicans at different times during this decade.

Stockton also probed the District Assembly race, finding a stalemate among the four candidates. Democratic Atlantic County Commissioner Caren Fitzpatrick leads with 24%; tied at 23%, outgoing Democrat MP John Armato (D-Buena Vista) and Republican Claire Swift; and at the back with 22% is the former mayor of Atlantic City Don Guardian, a Republican.

In the race for governor, Stockton found Gov. Phil Murphy to lead Republican candidate Jack Ciattarelli by a relatively narrow margin of 50 to 45 percent. This is a sharp drop from 2017, when Murphy won the district by more than 15 points.

On key issues, however, respondents were with Murphy. Respondents supported mask warrants 59-35% and vaccine warrants 52-44%, contrary to Ciattarelli’s insistence that the state should not implement medical warrants.

“If Murphy and Mazzeo’s numbers hold up, the question is whether that would be enough to help Democratic Assembly candidates cross the line,” John Froonjian, executive director of the Hughes Center, said in a statement attached to the ballot press release. “The 2nd is a real swing district, and voters have already sent legislative delegations there with members of both parties to Trenton.”

The Stockton poll was conducted between October 9 and 24, with a sample of 401 probable voters and a margin of error of +/- 4.9%.


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