The failure of the Transportation Bond issue referendum and the defeat of the Tax Reform Package by the state legislature last summer are inextricably linked

Posted at 12:01 am November 16, 1972, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

The failure of the Transportation Bond issue referendum and the defeat of the Tax Reform Package by the state legislature last summer are inextricably linked, according to John Blydenburgh, Director of the Eagleton Institute’s New Jersey Politics Center. “The fact is that Jersey residents simply do not trust their government,” he said, “and recent indictments of state and local officials for bribery and extortion involving public contracts are perceived as evidence for the cynical view.” Blydenburgh supported his contention with survey data from Eagleton’s New Jersey Poll. Interviews were conducted with a sample of 680 Jersey residents who had heard about last summer’s defeated tax proposal. Asked if they thought the proposal should have been defeated or passed, 49% said defeated and 42% favored passage.

 

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