Poll On Boston Bombings Effect On NJ Residents

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
April 25, 2013

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Most New Jersey residents say the bombings at the Boston Marathon won’t stop them from attending major events.

Quinnipiac University Polling Institute director Maurice Carroll says his latest survey shows voters in the Garden State aren’t intimidated by the Boston attack.

“73-to-24 percent say they’re going to continue to go to large events. It doesn’t make any difference, but 49 percent say they are worried to some extent that they or somebody in their family might be the subject of a terrorist attack.”

While concerned about their own safety, Carroll says the majority of Jersey residents approve of the way President Obama and Governor Christie are handling terrorism.

Quinnipiac also surveyed New Jersey voters about the payouts given to the Rutgers officials who left because of the scandal involving the men’s basketball coach.

Carroll says residents are not happy about it.

“The big payouts were a big flop according to New Jersey voters. Two-thirds of New Jersey voters tell Quinnipiac those payouts were too much, and obviously they don’t like the whole idea.”

Carroll says 62 percent of voters support the decision to fire basketball coach Mike Rice.

Residents are divided, though, on the future of Rutgers President Robert Barchi.

25 percent say he should be fired, while about the same number say he should stay.


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