STATE – Seven out of 10 New Jersey residents believe the Garden State is a good or excellent place to live, according to a new survey by Monmouth University Poll. This is a major improvement from last year’s poll, which showed a 30-year low of 57 percent.
The Monmouth University Poll’s Garden State Quality of Life Index has jumped to +31, up from +25 in February.
“Upward movement in the Garden State Quality of Life Index seems to have accelerated in the past few months, with the biggest factor being more positive views of New Jersey as a whole,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
The Garden State Quality of Life Index was created by the Monmouth University Polling Institute to serve as a resident-based indicator of the quality of life offered by the state of New Jersey. The index is based on five separate poll questions: overall opinion of the state as a place to live – which contributes half the index score – and ratings of one’s hometown, the performance of local schools, the quality of the local environment, and feelings of safety in one’s own neighborhood. The index can potentially range from -100 to +100.
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