INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM UNFAMILIAR/CONFUSING TO MOST NEW JERSEYANS

Posted at 12:01 am November 21, 1979, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

Almost half of New Jersey residents–46 percent—-said they had not heard or read anything about the campaign to allow initiative and referendum in the State, when interviewed by the Eagleton Poll in late October. Another 32 percent said they had heard or read “just a little.” However, while there was little awareness of initiative and referendum——the procedure where the public votes directly on issues in an election–the idea was given strong support by the 43 percent who had an opinion on this matter. The Rutgers—based survey found 38 percent viewing initiative and referendum as a “good idea,” while only 5 percent regarded it as a “bad idea,” in a survey conducted between October 19 and 28,

 

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