NJ Residents Like Their State Better After Hurricane Sandy

STATE — More than 7-in-10 residents say New Jersey is either an excellent (20%) or good (52%) place to call home, compared to 1-in-4 who rate it as only fair (21%) or poor (5%), according to a newly-released Monmouth University Poll that was conducted after Hurricane Sandy hit the Garden State. This 72% positive rating marks a 7 percentage point increase from September and is the highest rating on this metric since May 2003 when it also stood at 72%.

“The jump in positive statewide satisfaction happened not in spite of Sandy, but more likely because of the storm. Poll results we released earlier this month show that New Jerseyans came out of the storm with more positive views of both the state’s institutions and their own neighbors. We now see this reflected in a more positive perception of the Garden State’s overall quality of life,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Positive ratings of one’s town as a place to live stand at 74%; of the local environment stand at 73%; of neighborhood safety stand at 64%; and of local schools stand at 61%. These local ratings are no more than one or two percentage points different than the September poll results.

The latest Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone with 816 New Jersey adults from Nov. 19 to Dec. 2. This sample has a margin of error of + 3.4 percent. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch.

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