October 18, 2012 - New Jersey Voters Want The Right To Smile, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Kick Snooki, Real Housewives Out Of Town, Voters Say

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New Jersey voters disapprove 62 - 17 percent of the state's ban on smiling for driver's license photos, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Men want the right to smile as much as women. Older voters do, too, but not as much as younger voters.

The strongest call for the right to smile, 69 - 15 percent, is among voters making more than $250,000 per year, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Voters aren't smiling about Jersey Shore and other reality TV shows as they support 72 - 21 percent a proposed law that would allow towns to have more say over reality TV shows filming in their neighborhoods. Even voters 18 to 34 years old support the proposal 73 - 25 percent. Voter opinion of Jersey Shore, in its last season is unfavorable 66 - 8 percent.

"Dealing with the Motor Vehicle Commission is not something to smile about, but Garden State voters want the right to grin and bear it," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Wealthier voters, who presumably have more to smile about, are most opposed to the ban on smiling for driver's licenses.

"New Jersey voters are smiling to see the last of Snooki and her crew. They think Jersey Shore was bad for the state and they think towns should have more power to keep Real Housewives and other reality TV under control."

From October 10 - 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,405 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation 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.

For a downloadable video of Quinnipiac Polling Institute Director Maurice Carroll discussing the survey, click on http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-centers/polling- institute/new-jersey/release-detail?ReleaseID=1809
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the state ban on smiling in driver's license photos?
                     REGISTERED VOTERS..........................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              17%    23%    16%    12%    15%    18%    17%    19%
Disapprove           62     57     61     69     65     59     61     62
DK/NA                21     20     23     19     19     23     22     19
 
                                          Philly      
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              17%    16%    18%    16%    16%  
Disapprove           62     61     65     63     61   
DK/NA                21     23     17     21     23   
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+   <50K  50-100 100-250 >250
 
Approve              16%    17%    17%    17%    17%    15%    17%    17%    15%
Disapprove           62     62     76     62     57     61     65     63     69
DK/NA                22     21      7     21     26     24     18     20     16
 
 
17. Is your opinion of the MTV show Jersey Shore favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     REGISTERED VOTERS..........................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable             8%     9%     8%     8%     9%     7%     8%     5%
Unfavorable          66     71     61     70     67     66     71     52
Hvn't hrd enough     22     18     29     18     21     24     19     36
REFUSED               3      2      3      4      3      4      3      7
 
                                          Philly        HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  <18
 
Favorable            11%     7%     3%    10%     8%    11%
Unfavorable          62     62     75     60     76     71
Hvn't hrd enough     23     25     20     27     14     16
REFUSED               3      6      2      2      2      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+   <50K  50-100 100-250 >250
 
Favorable             9%     8%    21%     8%     2%    11%     6%    10%     5%
Unfavorable          70     64     57     76     65     55     72     72     83
Hvn't hrd enough     18     25     21     12     30     31     20     15     11
REFUSED               3      3      -      5      3      3      2      3      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the MTV show Jersey Shore favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Oct 18  Mar 02  Oct 13  Aug 24
                     2012    2012    2011    2010
 
Favorable             8       9       9      11
Unfavorable          66      69      69      51
Hvn't hrd enough     22      20      20      35
REFUSED               3       2       2       2
 
 
18. Do you think the MTV show Jersey Shore is good or bad for New Jersey?
                     REGISTERED VOTERS..........................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good                 11%    10%    13%    12%    15%     8%    10%    20%
Bad                  65     72     57     70     64     66     72     47
DK/NA                23     18     30     18     21     25     19     33
 
                                          Philly        HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  <18
 
Good                 12%    13%     4%    16%    10%    12%
Bad                  60     59     71     63     76     66
DK/NA                28     27     24     21     15     22
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+   <50K  50-100 100-250 >250
 
Good                 13%    11%    22%    12%     7%    15%    11%    13%     3%
Bad                  68     63     61     69     67     58     71     68     78
DK/NA                19     26     17     19     26     26     19     19     19
 
TREND: Do you think the MTV show Jersey Shore is good or bad for New Jersey?
                     Oct 18  Mar 02  Oct 13  Aug 24
                     2012    2012    2011    2010
 
Good                 11      12      16      20
Bad                  65      69      67      54
DK/NA                23      19      17      26
 
 
19. Would you support or oppose Jersey Shore filming in your town or city?
                     REGISTERED VOTERS..........................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              23%    19%    26%    22%    27%    19%    20%    29%
Oppose               62     71     53     65     59     65     67     49
DK/NA                15      9     20     13     14     16     13     22
 
                                          Philly        HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  <18
 
Support              28%    25%    14%    28%    19%    21%
Oppose               57     58     70     56     70     67
DK/NA                15     17     16     16     11     12
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+   <50K  50-100 100-250 >250
 
Support              23%    23%    33%    23%    19%    29%    21%    23%    11%
Oppose               65     60     60     66     60     55     63     68     78
DK/NA                12     17      6     10     21     16     15     10     11
 
TREND: Would you support or oppose Jersey Shore filming in your town or city?
                     Oct 18  Mar 02
                     2012    2012
 
Support              23      21
Oppose               62      68
DK/NA                15      10
 
 
20. In response to the television show Jersey Shore, state lawmakers recently proposed a law, which will allow towns to have more say over reality television shows filming in their neighborhoods. Do you approve or disapprove of this proposed law?
                     REGISTERED VOTERS..........................................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              72%    79%    72%    68%    68%    75%    74%    76%
Disapprove           21     16     18     25     25     16     20     16
DK/NA                 8      4     10      7      6      9      6      9
 
                                          Philly        HvKids
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore  <18
 
Approve              66%    68%    75%    74%    79%    76%
Disapprove           27     22     20     17     16     19
DK/NA                 7     10      6      9      5      5
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....   ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+   <50K  50-100 100-250 >250
 
Approve              69%    74%    73%    73%    72%    75%    76%    69%    69%
Disapprove           23     19     25     22     17     17     18     26     27
DK/NA                 8      7      2      5     11      8      6      5      5
 

Demographic Summary