NEW BRUNSWICK – New Jersey residents say that economic issues top the list of problems facing the state, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Asked to name the two or three most important problems facing the state today, 27 percent name unemployment and jobs first, followed by 25 percent who cite taxes first, and 10 percent who express concern about the economy in general.
In the very first Rutgers-Eagleton Poll in September 1971, crime and drug addiction topped taxes as the single most important problem in New Jersey. Forty years later, crime is barely mentioned – just 3 percent put it at the top of the list. Taxes have consistently been listed first or second over the poll’s history
The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, one of the first statewide academic surveys in the United States, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. “We’re honored to have served the people of New Jersey all these years,” said poll director David Redlawsk, professor of political science at Rutgers University. “The most important problem question was the very first one on the very first poll. It is fun and instructive to see how things have both changed and remained the same over all that time.”
The new results are from a poll of 903 New Jersey adults conducted statewide among both landline and cell phone households from Oct. 6-9.
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