NJ Voters Unhappy With Trenton Lawmakers, But Unlikely To Vote Them Out

STATE – Though just a third of New Jersey voters approve of the job their state legislature is doing, few are willing to cross party lines in the upcoming election, according to the results of the latest Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll.

Forty-five percent of voters disapprove of the state legislature, including 52 percent of Democrats even though their party controls it. Surprisingly, only 33 percent of Republicans disapprove. Yet 88 percent of Democrats and 83 percent of Republicans plan to support their party line in November.

“Don’t be fooled into thinking that displeasure with the legislature is going to lead to a change election. Aside from the fact that the new legislative map protects nearly every incumbent, Democratic voters are actually more unhappy than Republicans, which may be due to how much the leadership has compromised with the governor. However, there is no indication they are willing to cross party lines in this election to express their dissatisfaction,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Just over half (55 percent) of New Jersey voters reported already being aware of the legislative election when contacted by Monmouth University pollsters just a month before the Nov. 8 ballot. Only 30 percent say they have a lot of interest in this election, including 31 percent of self-identified Republicans, 30 percent of Democrats, and 31 percent of independents. Another 34 percent of Garden State voters have some interest, 24 percent a little, and 12 percent none.

“Voters may not be paying close attention but they inherently understand the consequences of the new legislative map. So it is pretty difficult to blame voters for not caring about something which they have little power to change,” said Murray.

The Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll was conducted by telephone with 693 New Jersey registered voters from Oct. 5 to 9. This sample has a margin of error of + 3.7 percent.

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