Many New Jersey residents have an unfavourable view of the quality of government in the Garden State and in the nation’s capital, according to a recent survey.
Of 36% give the New Jersey government an outstanding or good rating, while only 19% say the same about the federal government in Washington, D.C.
About 29% indicated that Trenton is better managed than Washington, while only 9% said that Washington was. Approximately 57% agreed that the two are managed similarly.
Political Affiliation Makes a Difference
Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, asserts that if your political party controls the New Jersey Legislature, you’re more likely to believe they’re performing well.
63% of Democrats had a favourable opinion of the state government, compared to just 14% of Republicans.
The study reveals that only 31% of New Jersey Democrats have a favourable opinion of the federal government, while only 9% of New Jersey Republicans give it an excellent or good grade.
Is politics an honorable profession?
Murray stated that the poll indicates New Jerseyans are divided on the issue.
“Currently, 44% believe that participating in politics is a dirty business, up from 32% fifteen years ago,” he stated.
He pointed out that Republicans (52%) and independents (52%) are more likely than Democrats (33%) to have an unfavourable perception of politics, and there are no significant generational variations in responses to this issue.
55% of Jersey people believe they can make at least some contribution to solving community problems, according to the survey.
One-fifth of New Jersey people report working alone or with a group to fix a community problem during the previous year, while 31% reported working on a community problem more than a year ago.
In 2010, barely a third of 18- to 34-year-olds said they had ever worked to remedy a community problem; however, 55% of same age group say they have done so in the present study.
About the Poll
The Monmouth University Poll was conducted via telephone with 809 New Jersey people from January 5 to January 9, 2023. This release’s question findings have a margin of error of +/- 4,7 percentage points.