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Leading Up to our 200th Poll Ever … A Look back at the 1970s
By Sonni Waknin

In American history, the 1970s is marked as a tumultuous decade. Filled with war, protests, and reform, the 1970s culture and counterculture was a driving force in changing the political atmosphere. Founded in 1971, the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll cataloged the shift in public perception and opinion throughout the decade. Recurring themes in poll questions during this decade included education local government knowledge, reform, taxes, and drug use.


Leading Up to our 200th Poll Ever… A Look back at the 1980s
By Abigail Orr

The 1980s marked a new ‘morning in America,” with high spirits and economic prosperity, often attributed to President Ronald Reagan. Throughout this decade, the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll asked questions about such topics as education, the president, elections, political figures, and safety within the Garden State.


Leading Up to our 200th Poll Ever … A Look back at the 1990s
By Natalie DeAngelo

During the 1990s, the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll went by the name “Star-Ledger/Eagleton-Rutgers Poll” and hit its 100th poll milestone in 1994. The decade was filled with polls on diverse topics, including education, taxes, insurance, and the environment. However, the most common theme to have reoccurred over the decade was (not surprisingly) politics! Although politics may be a broad field, the topics that were the most interesting revolved around the lack of knowledge about state government and how citizens had a very contradictory belief about politicians and corruption.

Leading Up to our 200th Poll Ever … A Look back at the 2000s
By Natalie DeAngelo

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 11.39.25 AMThe 2000s was a decade filled with life changing events for New Jersey residents. These included the very close 2000 presidential election, the September 11th terrorist attacks, the resignation of a New Jersey governor, the election of President Obama, and even reactions to the show, The Sopranos. The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll catalogued the opinions of New Jerseyans throughout the course of these events and documented them in press releases that capture the essence of the start of a new century.




Ashley Koning (2016-present)

David Redlawsk (2009-2016)

Tim Vercellotti (2006-2008)

Jeffrey Levine (2005)

Janice Ballou (1989-1997)

Cliff Zukin (1980-1988, 1998-2001, 2002-2004)

John C. Blydenburgh (1972-1973, 1975)

Stephen Salmore (1971-1972, 1973-1975, 1976-1980)