The 2018 State of the Garden State Series

As a new administration takes shape in Trenton, where does the Garden State stand on some of the most important policy issues and areas in New Jersey? The 2018 State of the Garden State Series aims to find out. Click on a title below to read each report.

 

STATE OF THE GARDEN STATE: NEW JERSEYANS UPSET WITH NJ ECONOMIC CONDITIONS AND TAXES; STILL POSITIVE ABOUT NJ BUT LESS SO THAN IN THE PAST THREE IN TEN SAY THEY WOULD LIKE TO MOVE OUT OF STATE

Quality of Life

Quality of Life

FEB 5, 2018 – New Jerseyans are in a malaise these days when it comes to the Garden State: they are angry about the state’s economic climate, and even though they still rate the state positively as a place to live, they are mostly pessimistic about the direction the state is headed. While the vast majority love the neighborhood they are living in, a sizable number of residents – more than in the past – say they would like to move somewhere else. These are some of the main findings from a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll late last year, as detailed in the newly released “2018 State of the Garden State” report.

PARENTS OFFER RINGING ENDORSEMENT OF PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM BUT BELIEVE STANDARDIZED TESTING HAS GONE OVERBOARD

Public School Parents' Child's, Community, and State School Ratings

Public School Parents’ Child’s, Community, and State School Ratings

FEB 8, 2018 – The vast majority of parents who currently have children in the state’s public school system are highly satisfied with the quality of education their child receives: 80 percent say their child’s school is doing an “excellent” or “good” job. Public school parents are also quite positive about the quality of teachers and administrators, safety, school facilities and equipment, and the amount of individual attention their child gets. However, by a margin of 52 percent to 6 percent, more public school parents feel there is “too much” rather than “too little” standardized testing in their child’s school. These are some of the main findings from a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll late last year, as part of the “2018 State of the Garden State” series.

 

 

NEW JERSEYANS FEEL HEAVILY BURDENED BY TAXES BUT WILLING TO CONSIDER MURPHY INITIATIVES

Fairness of State and Local Taxes Paid

Fairness of State and Local Taxes Paid

March 7, 2018 – What do you call the state of affairs when four out of five residents say they pay too much in taxes for what they get? New Jersey. Just 17 percent say they get their money’s worth for the state and local taxes they pay. And, by a margin of 64 to 6 percent, Garden State residents say they get a worse rather than better deal than taxpayers in other states. These are some of the main findings from a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll late last year, as detailed in the newly released “2018 State of the Garden State” report.

 

 

 

NEW JERSEYANS, COMMUTERS GIVE STATE’S ROADWAYS AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM LACKLUSTER RATINGS

New Jersey Public Transit Ratings

New Jersey Public Transit Ratings

March 15, 2018 – New Jersey commuters are unhappy with the state of the Garden State’s transportation infrastructure: drivers are more negative than positive about their local roadways and split when it comes to assessing the state’s highways, while mass transit users are far more negative about the state’s public transportation system, especially when it comes to the cost of transit fares. New Jerseyans are mixed on how satisfied they are with the state government’s handling of transportation and infrastructure, in general. These are some of the main findings from a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll late last year, as part of the “2018 State of the Garden State” series.

 

 

 

This Rutgers-Eagleton Poll was conducted by telephone using live callers Nov. 15-27, 2017 with a scientifically selected random sample of 1,203 New Jersey adults, 18 or older.