Poll: NJ Quality Of Life Drops
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
April 22, 2013
New Jersey residents tell pollsters they’re less satisfied with the quality of life in the Garden State.
61 percent of New Jersey residents surveyed by the Monmouth University Polling Institute now say the state is a good or excellent place to live.
Poll director Patrick Murray says that’s down from the 72 percent who gave the state a positive rating in December, just weeks after Superstorm Sandy.
“This drop that we’re seeing right now has wiped out any gains it made even before that storm hit. The issue that we saw with Sandy was there was this feel good attitude towards the state, that it was a good place to live, that people were pulling together, and that seems to have disappeared.”
Murray says the biggest drop is in areas hit the hardest by Sandy.
"People are looking around in those particular regions and saying things really aren’t getting better as quickly as we would like, and for the rest of the state is seems to be kind of a return to normal.”
Residents perceptions of neighborhood safety are more positive, but there’s a decline in their rating of local schools.