New Jersey Voters Wants More Focus On Property Taxes

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STATE – New Jersey residents say the most pressing issues facing the state are property taxes and jobs, according a new Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll. Each of those issues were identified by 42 percent of respondents, while public schools (20 percent), general economic conditions (19 percent), and other taxes (15 percent) were also identified as causes for concern.

When asked specifically which tax cut should be a higher priority for Trenton, state residents overwhelmingly pick reducing property taxes (69 percent) over reducing income taxes (19 percent). Prioritizing property tax cuts is important for homeowners (75 percent) and renters (59 percent) alike.

“New Jerseyans seem to agree that prioritizing cuts to the state’s highest in the nation property would benefit everyone, whether they directly pay those taxes or not,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Gov. Chris Christie’s job approval rating remains strong, at 52 percent to 38 percent disapproving among all New Jersey residents. However, nearly half (48 percent) say Christie is more concerned about his political career while 39 percent say he is more focused on managing the state.

The Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll was conducted by telephone with 803 New Jersey adults from January 31 to February 4, 2012. This sample has a margin of error of + 3.5 percent. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute and originally published by the New Jersey Press Media newspaper group.

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