July 15, 2009 - New Jersey Voters Like Where They Live And Play, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But Dissatisfaction With Garden State Is High

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A total of 78 percent of New Jersey voters say the Garden State is a "very good" or "fairly good" place to live and 81 percent rate the state "very good" or "fairly good" for a vacation, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This summer 61 percent of voters say they will vacation or sightsee in the Garden State, and 72 percent would recommend a New Jersey vacation to out-of-state family and friends, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

But 67 percent of voters are "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied" with the way things are going in the Garden State.

Life is a beach for New Jersey voters as 49 percent say ocean beaches are their favorite attraction, with 13 percent who most like Atlantic City casinos, 9 percent each for the boardwalk or sightseeing, 8 percent for amusement parks and 5 percent for lake beaches.

A total of 94 percent of voters say tourism is "very important" or "somewhat important" to New Jersey's economy.

"If the weather ever settles down, all will be peaches and cream on the beach and the boardwalk. Vacationing New Jersey voters like the ocean," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "There's no place like home, New Jerseyans say, as a place to live and, even more, a place to vacation. They're troubled by problems in the Garden State, as are voters everywhere in these difficult times, but they still love New Jersey."

From July 8 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,587 New Jersey registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and nationally as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed: http://ww.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

11. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New Jersey today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     REGISTERED VOTERS..................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied        3      1      4      2      3      2      2      2
Smwht satisfied      30     20     48     19     26     34     28     50
Smwht dissatisfied   33     30     36     32     33     33     33     27
Very dissatisfied    33     49     12     45     37     30     37     20
DK/NA                 1      -      1      2      1      1      1      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very satisfied        5      3      -      3      2
Smwht satisfied      36     36     21     27     26
Smwht dissatisfied   44     25     41     33     30
Very dissatisfied    14     35     37     36     42
DK/NA                 2      1      -      1      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New Jersey today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? (*also 71% on 02/12/1999)
                     REGISTERED VOTERS.....................................
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jul 15  Jun 10  May 20  Apr 22  Mar 11  Dec 26  Jun 16
                     2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2000*   2006
 
Very satisfied        3       3       2       2       2      10       3
Smwht satisfied      30      29      33      33      32      61      27
Smwht dissatisfied   33      34      31      29      30      21      37
Very dissatisfied    33      33      32      35      35       7      32
DK/NA                 1       1       2       1       1       1       1
 
 
22. How would you rate New Jersey as a place to live - very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very good            27     24     33     22     25     30     27     24
Fairly good          51     48     55     50     52     50     49     55
Fairly bad           13     19      8     16     15     12     14     13
Very bad              8      8      5     11      8      8      8      8
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      1      1      -
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very good            27     30     27     25     26
Fairly good          56     51     50     46     52
Fairly bad           12     11     14     17     15
Very bad              4      8      8     12      6
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1
 
 
23. How would you rate New Jersey as a place to take a vacation - very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very good            33     36     33     31     29     37     35     27
Fairly good          48     47     49     47     51     45     47     54
Fairly bad           11     11     11     12     12     10     11      8
Very bad              6      5      5      7      5      7      5      9
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      3      1      2      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very good            30     31     28     32     44
Fairly good          46     48     51     53     41
Fairly bad           13     11     13      9     10
Very bad             10      7      5      5      3
DK/NA                 2      2      3      1      2
 
 
24. Would you recommend to out of state family and friends, that they vacation in New Jersey, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  72     68     74     71     73     70     73     66
No                   27     31     25     27     26     29     26     31
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      1      1      3
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  71     65     68     79     79
No                   28     33     30     21     21
DK/NA                 2      1      1      -      1
 
 
25. Do you plan to spend time vacationing or sightseeing in New Jersey this summer?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  61     62     63     59     63     59     64     51
No                   36     37     34     36     33     39     34     45
ALREADY HAVE(VOL)     2      1      2      4      3      1      2      4
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -      1      1      -
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  62     59     55     62     68
No                   37     40     42     33     28
ALREADY HAVE(VOL)     1      2      3      4      3
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      1
 
 
26. About how long do you think you will (or did you) vacation or sightsee in New Jersey this summer - a few days, about a week, about 2 weeks, or more than that?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
A few days           36     34     41     32     32     39     32     57
A week               31     31     31     30     32     30     33     18
2 weeks              14     13     11     18     15     14     15     12
More                 17     19     16     17     20     15     18     10
DK/NA                 2      2      1      3      2      2      2      3
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
A few days           35     40     37     35     30
A week               38     28     40     26     27
2 weeks              14     16     10     16     11
More                 11     14     12     22     27
DK/NA                 3      1      1      1      5
 
 
27. Which of the following do you most like to do in New Jersey - sightsee, ocean beaches, boardwalks, lake beaches, amusement parks, or casinos in Atlantic City?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Sightsee              9      9      8     11     10      8     10      8
Ocean beaches        49     53     47     49     51     47     53     29
Boardwalks            9      9      9     11      8     11     10     10
Lake beaches          5      6      5      6      5      5      6      6
Amusement parks       8      4     10      7      7      8      5     22
Casinos in AC        13     12     14     11     13     13     11     21
DK/NA                 7      6      7      6      7      7      7      3
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Sightsee              8     10     11      8      7
Ocean beaches        46     43     51     52     56
Boardwalks            7      9      6     13     11
Lake beaches          4      5     11      3      5
Amusement parks      10     10      4      6      6
Casinos in AC        19     15      9     11     12
DK/NA                 6      8      8      7      4
 
 
28. Which of the following is most important for you when you go on vacation - visiting places of historical and cultural interest, recreational activities, fine dining, activities for whole family, or relaxing?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Historical places    21     21     22     22     17     25     21     20
Rec activities       12      6     12     14     14      9     12     12
Fine dining           6      5      6      6      6      5      6      9
Act for family       27     29     29     24     25     28     26     32
Relaxing             32     37     29     32     35     30     33     26
DK/NA                 3      2      2      3      3      3      3      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Historical places    16     26     18     20     21
Rec activities       13     11     12      9     14
Fine dining           6      5      7      4      8
Act for family       27     24     28     33     24
Relaxing             34     31     31     32     32
DK/NA                 3      3      4      2      2
 
 
29. How important do you think tourism is to New Jersey's economy - very important, somewhat important, not very important or not important at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very important       65     63     67     65     63     67     66     65
Smwht important      29     33     26     30     31     28     30     24
Not very important    4      3      5      3      4      4      3      9
Not important at all  2      1      1      2      3      1      1      2
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very important       59     61     61     70     75
Smwht important      31     31     34     26     22
Not very important    9      4      1      3      2
Not important at all  1      2      3      1      2
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -