February 1, 2017 - New Jersey Voters Back Court's Housing Ruling 3-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back More State Money For Poor School Districts Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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New Jersey voters agree 71 - 24 percent with the State Supreme Court ruling that all communities in the state must allow development of affordable housing for middle class and low income people, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Republicans are divided on the affordable housing ruling as 46 percent agree and 48 percent disagree. Every other party, gender, education, age and racial group agrees by wide margins, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

While 66 percent of voters feel favorably about having affordable housing in their community, 14 percent feel unfavorably and 17 percent feel neither favorably nor unfavorably.

The community where they live has the "right amount" of affordable housing, 53 percent of New Jersey voters say, while 7 percent say their community has "too much" affordable housing and 34 percent say "not enough."

Looking at another long-simmering issue, New Jersey voters say 65 - 30 percent that the State Supreme Court has the right to order the State Legislature to spend more money to improve public schools in the state's poorest districts.

"On two hot-button issues, the Mount Laurel cases on affordable housing and the Abbott cases on school funding, New Jerseyans seem to be more liberal than politicians have given them credit for," said Mickey Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Do communities resent the new Supreme Court ruling that reinstates the requirement for thousands of new units of affordable housing? This poll says 3-1 they don't. Voters applaud the decision, but they say their own community has the right amount of affordable housing, meaning they might not be happy to see any more."

New Jersey voters say 68 - 29 percent that the State Legislature should spend more tax dollars to improve public schools in the state's poorest districts. Every listed group supports this, except Republicans, who say no 53 - 44 percent.

Voters also say 65 - 33 percent that the State Legislature should spend more tax dollars to improve all of New Jersey's public schools. Republicans are divided as 48 percent support this idea, with 50 percent opposed. All other listed groups support increased funding.

In a question comparing two options of increased funding for the poorest districts or the same funding for all districts:
  • 36 percent support the same level of state funding for all districts;
  • 56 percent support additional funding for poor districts.
"Do voters favor Gov. Christopher Christie's proposal to distribute money for public schools on a strictly per-pupil basis? This poll says they don't," Carroll said.

"For years, the state - under court order - has poured much of the state's aid money into a handful of poor school districts, the so-called Abbott districts. Two-thirds of voters agree with that idea." Millionaire's Tax, Drug Addiction

New Jersey voters support 67 - 23 percent a so-called "millionaire's tax," if the money from the tax goes to public schools.

"On that perennial proposal - the millionaire's tax - voters overall are heavily in favor," Carroll said. "We don't have a separate category on millionaire's responses."

Garden State voters approve 56 - 39 percent of Gov. Christie's decision to make curbing drug addiction his top priority for his final year in office.

In an open-ended question, allowing for any answer, 26 percent of New Jersey voters list taxes as the most important issue in this year's governor's election. Another 12 percent list the economy, with 11 percent for education and 9 percent for the budget.

From January 26 - 30, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,240 New Jersey voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia and the nation as a public service and for research.

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9. What is the most important issue to you in deciding how to vote for Governor this year?
                                   Tot
 
Taxes Total                        26%
 Taxes general                     16
 Property tax                       8
 Taxes other                        2
 
Economy Total                      12%
 Economy general                    6
 Unemployment/Jobs                  4
 Economy other                      2
 
Education Total                    11%
 Education general                  9
 Teachers                           1
 Funding education                  1
 Education other                    1
 
Budget Total                        9%
 Budget general                     1
 Pensions                           3
 Gov too big/Gov spending           1
 Budget priorities                  1
 Budget deficits                    1
 Budget other                       2
 
Politicians Total                   5%
 Political affiliation              2
 Work against Trump                 1
 Governor/State leadership/Legsltr  1
 Politicians other                  1
 
Integrity/Morality/Character        4%
 
Healthcare Total                    4%
 Healthcare/Costs/Ins/HMO's         2
 Healthcare other                   2
 
Immigration                         2%
 
Environment/Pollution               1%
Women's issues                      1%
Middle/Working class                1%
Infrastructure                      1%
Civil Rights & Human Rights         1%
Security/Safety                     1%
Senior issues                       1%
Abortion                            1%
 
Other                              11%
DK/NA                               8%
 
 
10. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New Jersey today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied        1%     -      2%     2%     1%     1%     2%     1%
Smwht satisfied      31     44     29     28     32     30     32     34
Smwht dissatisfied   41     34     44     41     38     43     40     41
Very dissatisfied    26     22     24     29     28     24     27     23
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      -      1      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very satisfied        2%     2%     -      2%     1%     2%     1%     1%
Smwht satisfied      41     33     24     35     33     33     33     29
Smwht dissatisfied   43     38     44     36     41     40     40     40
Very dissatisfied    14     25     32     27     26     25     25     28
DK/NA                 -      2      -      1      -      -      -      2
 
 
12. As you may know, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled that all New Jersey communities must allow the development of affordable housing for middle class and low income people. Do you agree or disagree with this New Jersey Supreme Court decision?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Agree                71%    46%    88%    70%    63%    78%    68%    73%
Disagree             24     48      9     26     33     16     29     23
DK/NA                 5      6      2      4      3      6      3      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Agree                81%    72%    68%    71%    62%    77%    70%    75%
Disagree             16     23     27     26     36     19     27     18
DK/NA                 3      5      4      3      2      4      3      6
 
 
13. How do you feel about having affordable housing for middle class and low income people in your community; do you feel favorably, unfavorably, or don't you feel either of these ways?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorably            66%    41%    85%    66%    61%    71%    61%    66%
Unfavorably          14     31      4     15     18     11     15     17
Neither              17     25     10     17     19     15     21     14
DK/NA                 3      4      2      2      3      2      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Favorably            76%    66%    65%    63%    57%    68%    63%    75%
Unfavorably           5     14     16     18     19     13     16     10
Neither              18     17     17     16     21     16     18     13
DK/NA                 1      3      2      3      3      2      3      2
 
 
14. Do you think the community where you live has too much affordable housing for middle class and low income people, not enough affordable housing, or about the right amount of affordable housing for middle class and low income people?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Too much              7%    14%     3%     7%     7%     7%     7%     7%
Not enough           34     16     44     36     29     39     29     28
Right amount         53     64     49     52     59     48     59     59
DK/NA                 6      6      5      5      5      7      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Too much              6%     4%     7%     7%     7%     7%     7%     6%
Not enough           38     39     36     28     22     35     29     47
Right amount         52     53     53     56     66     53     59     41
DK/NA                 4      4      4      9      5      6      5      7
 
 
15. Do you think the state legislature should spend more tax dollars to improve the public schools in New Jersey's poorest areas or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  68%    44%    84%    67%    63%    72%    62%    64%
No                   29     53     13     30     35     24     35     33
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      2      4      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes                  85%    74%    61%    59%    58%    68%    63%    79%
No                   14     23     37     36     40     29     34     17
DK/NA                 2      3      3      4      2      3      3      4
 
 
16. Do you think the state legislature should spend more tax dollars to improve all of New Jersey's public schools or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  65%    48%    77%    63%    62%    68%    59%    67%
No                   33     50     21     35     37     29     39     32
DK/NA                 2      1      3      2      1      3      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes                  70%    72%    60%    61%    58%    66%    62%    72%
No                   28     25     39     36     41     32     36     25
DK/NA                 2      3      1      3      1      2      2      3
 
 
17. Do you think the state Supreme Court was right to order the state legislature to spend more money to improve the public schools in New Jersey's poorest areas or don't you think the state Supreme Court should have done this?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/right            65%    39%    85%    64%    59%    71%    61%    62%
No/shouldn't have    30     55     12     32     38     23     34     34
DK/NA                 5      6      3      5      3      6      5      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes/right            82%    69%    63%    56%    53%    69%    61%    77%
No/shouldn't have    14     28     34     37     43     26     34     19
DK/NA                 4      3      4      6      4      5      5      5
 
 
18. Would you support or oppose the so called "millionaire's tax", if the money went to New Jersey's public schools?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              67%    43%    85%    65%    61%    71%    63%    67%
Oppose               23     45      8     26     30     18     29     23
DK/NA                10     12      8      9      9     11      8     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Support              73%    69%    66%    62%    59%    70%    65%    71%
Oppose               18     21     26     28     33     20     26     16
DK/NA                 9     11      9     10      8     10      9     13
 
 
19. Do you think the state should provide every school district the same amount of funding per student, or do you think the state should continue to provide low income school districts with additional funding per student to make up for lower funding from property taxes?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Same funding         36%    55%    22%    40%    38%    35%    38%    42%
Additional funds     56     36     73     53     55     56     55     50
DK/NA                 8      9      5      7      7      9      7      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Same funding         23%    29%    42%    44%    42%    38%    40%    27%
Additional funds     72     61     52     48     51     54     53     63
DK/NA                 5     10      6      8      7      7      7     10
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Christie's decision to make the curbing of drug addiction his top priority for his final year in office?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              56%    66%    54%    56%    59%    54%    56%    62%
Disapprove           39     32     41     39     37     40     39     35
DK/NA                 5      3      5      5      4      6      5      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Approve              50%    55%    60%    61%    59%    59%    59%    52%
Disapprove           42     41     36     35     38     36     37     42
DK/NA                 8      4      3      4      3      5      4      6