1998 - Center for Public Interest Polling

NEW JERSEYANS’ CONTRARY VIEWS OF POLITICIANS: RE-ELECT THE SCOUNDRELS

Want a public opinion puzzle? OK. Explain this one: Most New Jerseyans have unfavorable views of politicians, think they go into and stay in politics for reasons of personal gain, and believe almost half of them to be corrupt. Yet the same people also say they are far more likely to vote for an experienced … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am October 18, 1998, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

PUBLIC EDUCATION IN NEW JERSEY: THE CLOSER YOU GET THE BETTER IT LOOKS; PARENTS GENERALLY SATISFIED: GIVE SCHOOLS A “B” ON MOST ATTRIBUTES

Public education in New Jersey is looking up. New Jerseyans give schools statewide and where they live more positive ratings than they did six years ago–an increase from about a C+ to a solid B. And those in a position to know best–parents of school-aged children–are the most positive in their assessments. Four-in-five report being … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am October 11, 1998, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Education, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

HOV LANES: Public Support Grinding to a Halt

There has been a marked decline in public support for HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes between February and September of this year. While most people continue to think they are a good idea in principle, a growing number voice serious reservations about how effective they have proven to be in reducing traffic congestion.  

Posted at 12:01 am September 30, 1998, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, Transportation

A SELF-DESCRIPTION OF NEW JERSEY DRIVERS: WE’RE RUDE, AGGRESSIVE AND CARELESS. AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT….WELL, !@%#* YOU, BUDDY!

The style of driving in New Jersey and respect for civility on the road have changed a lot in the last 10 years, and for the worse, according to the most recent Star-Ledger/Eagleton Poll.  

Posted at 12:01 am September 28, 1998, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, New Jersey, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, Transportation

POSSIBLE BACKLASH AGAINST REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESSIONAL VOTING SEEN DUE TO CLINTON-LEWINSKY AFFAIR

Instead of humiliating President Clinton and strengthening themselves by holding impeachment hearings, Congressional Republicans may be risking a backlash at the polls in New Jersey by awakening angry Democrats in what otherwise might have been a fairly boring set of Congressional elections.  

Posted at 12:01 am September 27, 1998, in Congress, Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

NEW JERSEYANS SUPPORTIVE OF YANKEES MOVING ACROSS THE BRIDGE AS LONG AS THEY PAY THEIR OWN TOLL

New Jersey would be happy to have the Yankees if they want to come, but state residents are far from wildly enthusiastic about the Bronx Bombers making the Garden State their new home. New Jersey citizens don’t see the acquisition of the Yankees as a high priority agenda item for state government, and would be … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am September 27, 1998, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, New York City, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

SEX, LIES AND … THE PRESIDENCY

New Jersey’s take on the Bill Clinton–Monica Lewinsky sex scandal can be summed up pretty easily, according to the most recent Star-Ledger/Eagleton Poll: “OK, so the President had a sexual relationship with an intern, lied about it and got caught. Impeach him? Are you people crazy? Get a life.”

Posted at 12:01 am September 18, 1998, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

IMPRESSIONS OF NEW JERSEY’S MAJOR POLITICAL FIGURES: 20 YEARS OF POSITIVE FEELINGS LED BY BILL BRADLEY

There have been seven major figures in New Jersey’s recent political history–people who have run for and won statewide office, serving as Governor or U.S. Senator during the last two decades. And all seven are popular with New Jersey’s citizens. But one stands head and shoulders over the rest in terms of public regard–former Senator … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am June 21, 1998, in Christie Whitman, Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Frank Lautenberg, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

NEW JERSEYANS’ VIEWS OF THE STATE POLICE: A CONTRAST IN BLACK AND WHITE

While the overall job performance rating of the State Police is quite positive in New Jersey, there is a major racial divide among Garden State residents. Black and white New Jerseyans have such different views of troopers’ fairness in enforcement of the laws, evenhanded treatment of all drivers, judgment in deciding whom to pull over, … Read more …

Posted at 12:01 am May 17, 1998, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

REGIONALIZATION: LITTLE AWARENESS, LITTLE CONSENSUS

Despite the clear pressure of increasing property taxes which might drive citizens to consider consolidating municipal services, “regionalization”–where municipalities share services in order to reduce costs–remains an inside-Trenton issue. The vast majority of the New Jersey residents have heard little or nothing about the idea.  

Posted at 12:01 am March 30, 1998, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll