Jobs & Property Taxes Top NJ Voters’ Concerns

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Jobs and property taxes are the top priorities of voters in the fall elections, according to a statewide poll released by the Stockton Polling Institute today.

Nearly one out of four (24 percent) respondents identified jobs as “the most important issue facing New Jersey.” Eighteen percent identified property taxes as the top issue and 11 percent said taxes in general matter the most. Nine percent named the economy.

K-12 education was cited by 7 percent, and education in general was cited by another 6 percent.

(Graphic courtesy of Stockton University)

(Graphic courtesy of Stockton University)

Whether they identify property taxes as the top issue or not, voters feel that property taxes keep going up. Thirty-nine percent of all respondents said property taxes have gone up “a lot” in the past three years, and 41 percent said they have increased “a little.” Only 3 percent said property taxes have gone down, while 12 percent said they have stayed the same over three years.

“Pocketbook issues are on the minds of voters this election,” said Daniel J. Douglas, director of the Hughes Center. “People are concerned about jobs, taxes, and the economy.”

Meanwhile, voters say they are seeing the Jersey Shore start to recover from Superstorm Sandy. More than one in five (22 percent) said Sandy affected their families “a great deal,” while 47 percent said they were affected “a little.”

Respondents in every county of the state were asked to rate the shore’s recovery on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “not at all recovered” and 5 representing “fully recovered.” Only 6 percent said the shore had not recovered at all, and 17 percent have the next lowest rating of 2. Five percent rated the shore as fully recovered at 5, and 21 percent gave the next highest rating of 4. Forty-six percent rated the recovery at 3, and the statewide average was 3.2.

The statewide poll was conducted with 812 likely New Jersey voters from Sept. 15-21. Interviewers called both land lines and cell phones. The survey has a margin of error of +/-3.4 percent. The Stockton Polling Institute is part of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

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