STATE – New Jersey voters feel safer in Atlantic City than other New Jersey cities, according to a new statewide poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™.
Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) feel somewhat or very safe in Atlantic City, but one in five (21 percent) say they don’t feel safe in AC. A majority of residents don’t feel safe in Camden (64 percent) or Newark (55 percent). Trenton gets mixed reviews, with 43 percent saying they feel very or somewhat safe, while 33 percent don’t feel safe.
By comparison, 78 percent said they felt very or somewhat safe in Manhattan, and 59 percent said they felt very or somewhat safe in Philadelphia.
“If New Jersey is going to be healthy, its cities will have to be viable,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. “The safer people feel, the more likely they are to make the trip, whether it’s to Atlantic City casinos, Newark’s Iron Bound restaurants, or Manhattan’s galleries,” said Woolley.
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