June 18, 2010 - Garden State Is Great Place To Live And Play, New Jersey Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Beach Is Top Vacation Attraction

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The Garden State is a "very good" place to live, 27 percent of New Jersey voters say, while 51 percent say it's "fairly good;" 14 percent say "fairly bad" and 8 percent say "very bad," in a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

A total of 79 percent of New Jerseyans say the state is a "very good" or "fairly good" place for a vacation, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds, and 70 percent say they would recommend a Garden State vacation to out of state family and friends.

New Jerseyans like sand in their shoes. When asked where they would like to go on vacation this summer:
  • 50 percent say they most like to go to an ocean beach;
  • 10 percent say they most like the Atlantic City casinos;
  • 9 percent most like the boardwalk;
  • 8 percent each choose lake beaches or sightseeing.
"Sure, we're worried about our politicians and our taxes, but we like living in New Jersey and we think it's a great place to spend a vacation. Come pay us a visit, we'd be glad to tell our friends," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The seashore wins as the favorite vacation spot - with a couple of specialty items, the boardwalks and the Atlantic City casinos."

Tourism is "very important" to New Jersey's economy, 68 percent of voters say, while 26 percent say it is "somewhat important."

"It's not just for fun. New Jerseyans know that tourism is a big plus for the state's economy," Carroll said.

For 33 percent of New Jersey voters, relaxing is most important on a vacation, followed by 26 percent who list family activities and 20 percent who like to visit historical places.

From June 10 - 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,461 New Jersey voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 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://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

31. 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%    28%    28%    25%    25%    28%    29%    24%
Fairly good          51     49     51     53     55     47     50     50
Fairly bad           14     14     12     14     12     15     14     14
Very bad              8      9      8      7      7      9      7     11
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      -      -      -
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Very good            27%    25%    33%    24%    31%    19%    30%
Fairly good          53     51     56     53     52     52     41
Fairly bad           10     18      6     15     10     17     17
Very bad             10      6      5      7      7     11     11
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      1      1
 
TREND: How would you rate New Jersey as a place to live - very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
                     Jun 18  Jul 15
                     2010    2009
Very good            27      27
Fairly good          51      51
Fairly bad           14      13
Very bad              8       8
DK/NA                 1       1
 
 
32. 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%    39%    32%    33%    34%    33%    36%    25%
Fairly good          46     44     45     47     44     47     47     36
Fairly bad           12     11     13     13     13     12     11     22
Very bad              6      5      9      5      6      7      4     15
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      3      1      2      2
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Very good            39%    30%    29%    31%    30%    34%    44%
Fairly good          49     45     51     45     47     45     43
Fairly bad            8     15     13     15     14     12      7
Very bad              4     10      5      7      8      8      3
DK/NA                 1      1      2      2      1      1      3
 
TREND: How would you rate New Jersey as a place to take a vacation - very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
                     Jun 18  Jul 15
                     2010    2009
Very good            33      33
Fairly good          46      48
Fairly bad           12      11
Very bad              6       6
DK/NA                 2       2
 
 
33. 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                  70%    77%    67%    71%    72%    68%    76%    54%
No                   29     22     33     26     26     31     23     46
DK/NA                 1      1      -      3      2      1      1      -
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Yes                  75%    67%    62%    68%    69%    70%    79%
No                   25     33     33     30     30     29     21
DK/NA                 -      -      4      2      1      1      -
 
TREND: Would you recommend to out of state family and friends, that they vacation in New Jersey, or not?
                     Jun 18  Jul 15
                     2010    2009
Yes                  70      72
No                   29      27
DK/NA                 1       1
 
 
34. Do you plan to spend time vacationing or sightseeing in New Jersey this summer?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
Yes                  62%    67%    59%    63%    63%    60%    66%    51%
No                   37     31     40     35     35     38     33     48
ALREADY HAVE(VOL)     -      -      -      -      1      -      -      1
DK/NA                 1      1      1      2      1      1      1      -
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Yes                  68%    66%    62%    63%    58%    64%    62%
No                   31     33     38     36     40     36     35
ALREADY HAVE(VOL)     -      1      -      -      1      -      -
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      1      -      3
 
TREND: Do you plan to spend time vacationing or sightseeing in New Jersey this summer?
                     Jun 18  Jul 15
                     2010    2009
Yes                  62      61
No                   37      36
ALREADY HAVE(VOL)     -       2
DK/NA                 1       -
 
 
35. (If will or have in q34) 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?
                     NEW JERSEY VACATIONERS Q34..........................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
A few days           27%    26%    33%    25%    21%    33%    25%    45%
A week               28     24     30     31     32     25     31     23
2 weeks              21     28     19     20     25     17     23     15
More                 21     20     17     22     19     23     20     13
DK/NA                 3      2      2      3      3      2      1      4
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
A few days           24%    27%    31%    27%    27%    28%    23%
A week               22     29     30     27     33     32     23
2 weeks              25     28     16     22     25     18     24
More                 27     16     13     22     15     21     29
DK/NA                 1      1      9      2      -      2      2
 
TREND: 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?
                     NEW JERSEY VACATIONERS
                     Jun 18  Jul 15
                     2010    2009
A few days           27      36
A week               28      31
2 weeks              21      14
More                 21      17
DK/NA                 3       2
 
 
36. 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              8%     9%     9%     8%     7%     9%     9%     6%
Ocean beaches        50     55     48     49     52     47     54     31
Boardwalks            9      9      9      7      7     10      8     11
Lake beaches          8      9      6     10     10      7      8      5
Amusement parks       7      3     11      6      6      8      4     25
Casinos in AC        10      8     11     12      9     11      8     17
DK/NA                 8      8      6      8      8      8      9      6
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Sightsee              8%     7%     8%     8%    11%     8%     6%
Ocean beaches        55     54     45     48     49     50     57
Boardwalks           12      9      9      8      3     15     11
Lake beaches          8      6      4     10     15      2      7
Amusement parks       3     10     12     10      4      5      4
Casinos in AC         9      7     15      9      8     13      8
DK/NA                 5      6      6      9     11      8      7
 
TREND: 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?
                     Jun 18  Jul 15
                     2010    2009
Sightsee              8       9
Ocean beaches        50      49
Boardwalks            9       9
Lake beaches          8       5
Amusement parks       7       8
Casinos in AC        10      13
DK/NA                 8       7
 
 
37. 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    20%    25%    15%    21%    19%    20%    22%     8%
Rec activities       13     12     17     10     13     13     11     16
Fine dining           5      5      4      6      5      6      5      9
Act for family       26     21     31     24     26     26     23     43
Relaxing             33     34     31     35     34     32     36     22
DK/NA                 3      2      2      5      3      3      2      1
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Historical places    19%    10%    16%    19%    24%    19%    22%
Rec activities       15     13     11     17     10     12     12
Fine dining           4      1      7      5      2      6      6
Act for family       30     53     28     25     22     28     27
Relaxing             31     20     32     31     39     33     31
DK/NA                 2      2      5      3      2      2      3
 
TREND: 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?
                     Jun 18  Jul 15
                     2010    2009
Historical places    20      21
Rec activities       13      12
Fine dining           5       6
Act for family       26      27
Relaxing             33      32
DK/NA                 3       3
 
 
38. 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       68%    69%    70%    68%    71%    66%    70%    64%
Smwht important      26     26     25     27     24     28     26     24
Not very important    4      3      4      5      4      3      3      9
Not important at all  1      -      2      1      1      1      1      3
DK/NA                 1      2      -      -      -      1      1      -
 
                     Union  HvKids                      Philly
                     Hshlds PubSch Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
Very important       74%    68%    72%    67%    58%    73%    73%
Smwht important      25     25     21     27     32     23     25
Not very important    1      6      6      3      7      4      -
Not important at all  -      -      1      2      -      -      -
DK/NA                 -      1      -      1      2      -      1
 
TREND: How important do you think tourism is to New Jersey's economy - very important, somewhat important, not very important or not important at all?
                     Jun 18  Jul 15
                     2010    2009
Very important       68      65
Smwht important      26      29
Not very important    4       4
Not important at all  1       2
DK/NA                 1       -