## Question (open ended): What do you think are the most important problems facing your state at the present time? | ||||

Top
Three Problems Mentioned by New Jerseyans |
Percentage of New Jerseyans That Mentioned Problem As The Most Important Facing New Jersey |
Percentage
in National Sample That Mentioned Problem As The Most Important
Facing Their State |
||

Taxes | 21% | 11% | ||

Education | 19% | 28% | ||

Car Insurance | 17% | 1% | ||

N=517; Margin of error is ± 4.5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. | N=800; Margin of error is ± 3.5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. |

**Table 2.**

Question: Comparing New Jersey to other states, do you think New Jersey is a better of worse place to live? | |||

New
Jersey |
Nation |
||

## Better |
50% | 10% | |

Worse | 13% | 21% | |

Same | 34% | 38% | |

Don't know/refused | 4% | 31% | |

N=273; margin of error is ± 6 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. | N=395; margin of error is ± 5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. |

**Table 3.**

Question: Comparing New Jersey to other states, do you think New Jersey has better or worse schools than other states? | |||

New
Jersey |
Nation |
||

## Better |
44% | 10% | |

Worse | 14% | 11% | |

Same | 33% | 27% | |

Don't know/refused | 9% | 52% | |

N=244; margin of error is ± 6.5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. | N=405; margin of error is ± 5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. |

Question: Comparing New Jersey to other states, do you think New Jersey has more or fewer dishonest politicians than other states? | |||

New
Jersey |
Nation |
||

## More |
14% | 11% | |

Fewer | 10% | 3% | |

Same | 71% | 54% | |

Don't know/refused | 5% | 32% | |

N=273; margin of error is ± 6 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. | N=395; margin of error is ± 5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. |

Question: Comparing New Jersey to other states, do you think New Jersey has more or less street crime than other states? | |||

New
Jersey |
Nation |
||

## More |
22% | 18% | |

Less | 26% | 8% | |

Same | 43% | 36% | |

Don't know/refused | 10% | 38% | |

N=273; margin of error is ± 6 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. | N=395; margin of error is ± 5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. |

Question: Comparing New Jersey to other states, do you think New Jersey has more or less organized crime than other states? | |||

New
Jersey |
Nation |
||

## More |
29% | 26% | |

Less | 22% | 6% | |

Same | 39% | 32% | |

Don't know/refused | 10% | 37% | |

N=517; Margin of error is ± 4.5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. | N=800; Margin of error is ± 3.5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. |

Question: Comparing New Jersey to other states, do you think New Jersey has more or less pollution than other states? | |||

New
Jersey |
Nation |
||

## More |
51% | 37% | |

Less | 14% | 6% | |

Same | 32% | 24% | |

Don't know/refused | 3% | 34% | |

N=244; margin of error is ± 6.5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. | N=405; margin of error is ± 5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. |

Question: Comparing New Jersey to other states, do you think New Jerseyans pay more ore less in state and local taxes? | |||

New
Jersey |
Nation |
||

## Higher |
75% | 24% | |

Lower | 4% | 8% | |

Same | 14% | 17% | |

Don't know/refused | 8% | 50% | |

N=244; margin of error is ± 6.5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. | N=405; margin of error is ± 5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. |

## Question (national sample only): In the last ten years, how often have you been in New Jersey - at least four or five times a year, about once or twice a year, once every few years, only once or twice, or never. | |

Four or five times a year | 8% |

Once or twice a year | 7% |

Once every few years | 6% |

Only once of twice | 16% |

Never | 60% |

Live in NJ | 4% |

Dk/refused | 1% |

N=800; Margin of error is ± 3.5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. |

## Question (national sample only): Do you have any close friends or relatives who now live in New Jersey? | |

Yes | 25% |

No | 75% |

Dk/refused | -- |

N=800; Margin of error is ± 3.5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. |

**Table 11**

## Question (national sample only): How much have you read or heard about New Jersey in the last month - a great deal, some, little, or nothing at all? | |

A great deal | 4% |

Some | 11% |

Little | 23% |

Nothing at all | 62% |

Dk/refused | 1% |

N=800; Margin of error is ± 3.5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. |

## Question (New Jersey sample only): As a New Jersey resident, how concerned are you about what people in other states think of New Jersey – very concerned, somewhat concerned, a little concerned, or not at all concerned? | |

Very concerned | 14% |

Somewhat concerned | 20% |

A little concerned | 16% |

Not concerned at all | 49% |

N=517; Margin of error is ± 4.5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. |

**Table 13**

## Question (open ended): What Comes to Mind When You Think of New Jersey? | |||||

New Jersey |
National | ||||

Rank Order |
Comes to Mind |
Percent |
Rank Order |
Comes to Mind |
Percent |

1 | Nice state to live in | 27% | 1 | Nothing | 16% |

2 | Shore | 20% | 2 | Next to New York | 11% |

3 | Overpopulated | 14% | 3 | Don't know | 11% |

4 | High taxes | 10% | 4 | Pollution/Bad Smell | 10% |

5 | High insurance rates | 9% | 5 | Shore | 9% |

6 | Traffic | 9% | 6 | Nice State to live in | 8% |

7 | Pollution/bad smell | 8% | 7 | Casinos | 7% |

8 | Next to New York | 5% | 8 | Overpopulated | 6% |

9 | Farming industry | 5% | 9 | Farming |
4% |

10 | Highways | 4% | 10 |
Sports Teams |
3% |

N=517; Margin of error is ± 4.5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. | N=800; Margin of error is ± 3.5 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. | ||||

Note: Only the 10 most frequent responses included for each sample. |

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