June 15, 2017 - New Jersey Voters Like Garden State Vacations, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But 87% Want Bathrooms At The Beach Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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A total of 72 percent of New Jersey voters say the Garden State is a "very good" or "fairly good" place for a vacation, and 55 percent plan to spend some time vacationing or sightseeing in their home state this summer, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In fact, 59 percent of voters say they would recommend a Garden State vacation to out of state friends and family, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Ocean beaches are the main attraction for 48 percent of New Jersey voters, while 12 percent like the boardwalks best. Sightseeing scores 9 percent, with 8 percent for Atlantic City casinos, 6 percent opting for lake beaches and 5 percent for amusement parks.

A total of 88 percent of voters say tourism is "very important" or "somewhat important" to New Jersey's economy.

New Jersey seashore communities put too many restrictions on access to their beaches, 47 percent of voters say, while 42 percent say there is enough public access.

Restricted beach access is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem, 41 percent of voters say, while 50 percent say the issue is "not too serious" or "not a problem."

"New Jersey is a nice place to visit, according to the people who live here, and they'll invite their friends," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"It's a seashore state. Half of New Jerseyans like the ocean beaches and another tenth or so like the boardwalks.

"But the weed in the Garden State is the way some seashore towns fence off their beaches. There are too many restrictions on getting to the beach, almost half of the state's voters say. Is access a problem? A lot of voters say it is."

New Jersey voters say 87 - 11 percent that the state should require seashore towns to provide restrooms at their beaches.

"Ever been to the beach and searching for a bathroom? Overwhelmingly, New Jerseyans say the state should require seashore communities to provide some relief," Carroll said.

Looking at the broader economic picture, 1 percent of voters say New Jersey's economy is "excellent," while 35 percent say it's "good." Another 41 percent say "not so good" and 20 percent say "poor."

Only 10 percent say the state economy is getting better, while 29 percent say it is getting worse and 60 percent say it is staying about the same.

Their own financial situation is "excellent," 11 percent of voters say, while 60 percent say it is "good." Another 22 percent say "not so good" and 6 percent say "poor."

Fewer than 1 percent of voters are "very satisfied" with the way things are going in New Jersey today, while 26 percent are "somewhat satisfied." Another 44 percent are "somewhat dissatisfied," with 29 percent "very dissatisfied."

This is the lowest satisfaction rating since a total of 24 percent of voters were "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" in a June 17, 2010, Quinnipiac University poll.

From June 7 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,103 New Jersey voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percentage points, including design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

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

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11. 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        -      2%     -      -      1%     -      -      -
Smwht satisfied      26     28     24     28     24     29     25     29
Smwht dissatisfied   44     43     47     42     46     42     44     45
Very dissatisfied    29     27     29     28     29     28     30     25
DK/NA                 1      -      -      2      1      -      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very satisfied        -      -      -      2%     -      -      -      -
Smwht satisfied      37     23     21     27     23     30     27     25
Smwht dissatisfied   45     49     40     42     47     42     44     44
Very dissatisfied    16     27     39     29     29     26     27     30
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      1      -      1      -
 
 
17. Would you describe the state of New Jersey's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Excellent             1%     -      -      1%     -      1%     1%     1%
Good                 35     32     37     36     38     33     38     37
Not so good          41     45     41     41     39     44     44     42
Poor                 20     21     19     20     20     20     15     17
DK/NA                 3      2      2      2      3      2      2      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Excellent             -      -      -      -      -      2%     1%     -
Good                 53     35     28     29     43     34     38     31
Not so good          27     42     44     51     36     48     43     40
Poor                 12     21     26     18     18     15     16     25
DK/NA                 7      2      1      2      3      1      2      4
 
 
18. Do you think New Jersey's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Better               10%    17%     6%    11%    13%     7%    13%     8%
Worse                29     24     30     31     23     33     27     26
The same             60     57     63     57     62     59     58     64
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      2      1      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Better                6%    11%    11%     9%    14%     8%    11%     8%
Worse                18     29     33     28     18     33     27     31
The same             73     60     56     61     66     58     61     59
DK/NA                 2      1      1      2      2      1      2      1
 
 
19. Would you describe your financial situation these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Excellent            11%    13%     8%    13%    11%    10%    15%     8%
Good                 60     57     62     60     61     59     64     55
Not so good          22     25     21     19     21     23     17     28
Poor                  6      4      9      5      5      7      2      7
DK/NA                 1      1      -      3      2      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Excellent            11%     8%    10%    15%    10%    12%    11%    10%
Good                 73     61     53     56     62     59     60     59
Not so good          11     24     27     23     23     22     23     21
Poor                  3      7      9      5      4      5      5      8
DK/NA                 2      -      1      2      1      2      1      1
 
 
21. How would you rate New Jersey as a place to live - very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very good            16%    19%    14%    16%    12%    20%    21%    16%
Fairly good          61     56     67     56     61     60     58     60
Fairly bad           16     16     13     20     17     14     17     18
Very bad              7      6      6      6      8      6      4      4
DK/NA                 1      2      -      2      2      -      -      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very good            18%    10%    16%    18%    14%    23%    19%    11%
Fairly good          67     68     54     59     62     56     59     65
Fairly bad            7     17     20     16     19     16     17     13
Very bad              8      3      9      6      4      4      4     11
DK/NA                 -      1      1      1      2      -      1      -
 
 
22. How would you rate New Jersey as a place to take a vacation - very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very good            23%    36%    18%    23%    21%    26%    28%    34%
Fairly good          49     44     50     50     49     49     51     48
Fairly bad           19     14     21     20     20     18     15     14
Very bad              6      4      8      5      8      5      4      3
DK/NA                 3      2      4      1      3      3      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very good            15%    18%    27%    32%    25%    36%    31%    10%
Fairly good          45     53     47     51     49     49     49     48
Fairly bad           28     21     18     11     19     11     14     27
Very bad             11      4      7      3      5      3      4     11
DK/NA                 -      4      1      3      2      1      2      4
 
 
23. Would you recommend to out of state family and friends that they vacation in New Jersey, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  59%    64%    53%    63%    58%    61%    64%    68%
No                   39     34     45     35     40     38     35     31
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      3      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes                  52%    58%    59%    69%    60%    70%    65%    48%
No                   46     41     40     30     39     29     33     49
DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      2      1      1      3
 
 
24. Do you plan to spend time vacationing or sightseeing in New Jersey this summer?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  55%    59%    50%    60%    56%    55%    62%    56%
No                   43     40     48     38     42     43     37     41
ALREADY HAVE(VOL)     -      1      -      -      -      -      -      1
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      2      1      -      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes                  63%    60%    54%    44%    56%    62%    59%    48%
No                   37     39     45     52     41     37     39     50
ALREADY HAVE(VOL)     -      -      -      1      -      -      -      -
DK/NA                 -      1      2      2      3      1      2      2
 
 
25. Which of the following do you most like to do in New Jersey - sightsee, go to ocean beaches, boardwalks, lake beaches, amusement parks or casinos in Atlantic City?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Sightsee              9%     9%     9%    11%     9%    10%    10%     9%
Ocean beaches        48     49     45     51     44     52     58     48
Boardwalks           12     11     13     13     15     10      8     13
Lake beaches          6      5      6      7      8      5      8      6
Amusement parks       5      4      6      4      7      4      2      5
Casinos in AC         8     12     10      4      8      9      6     10
DK/NA                10      9     11     10     10     10      8      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Sightsee              5%     6%    12%    11%     9%    10%     9%     9%
Ocean beaches        49     49     49     43     48     59     54     38
Boardwalks           23     14     10      6     13      9     11     16
Lake beaches          6      8      6      6      9      5      7      6
Amusement parks      10      5      4      2      6      1      4      8
Casinos in AC         3     10      7     12      6      9      8     10
DK/NA                 4      7     11     20      9      8      8     13
 
 
26. How important do you think tourism is to New Jersey's economy - very important, somewhat important, not very important or not important at all?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very important       54%    67%    47%    57%    53%    55%    55%    56%
Smwht important      34     25     38     32     34     35     36     37
Not very important    8      5      9      7      7      8      7      5
Not important at all  3      2      4      2      4      1      1      1
DK/NA                 1      -      2      2      1      1      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very important       35%    52%    64%    65%    50%    59%    55%    52%
Smwht important      50     31     27     30     38     35     36     32
Not very important   10     11      5      3      9      4      6      8
Not important at all  5      4      2      1      2      -      1      6
DK/NA                 -      2      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
 
27. In general, do you think New Jersey's shore communities provide enough public access to their beaches or do you think New Jersey's shore communities have too many restrictions to their beaches?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Enough public access 42%    45%    44%    37%    34%    49%    47%    41%
Too many restrictns  47     42     44     56     57     39     40     47
DK/NA                11     13     12      6     10     12     12     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Enough public access 56%    43%    39%    33%    38%    49%    44%    38%
Too many restrictns  41     46     52     51     51     38     44     53
DK/NA                 3     12      9     15     11     13     12      9
 
 
28. How serious a problem do you think local restrictions on public access to ocean beaches is in New Jersey - a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, a not too serious problem, or not a problem at all?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very serious         10%    10%     7%    14%    14%     6%     7%    11%
Somewhat serious     31     30     31     35     33     29     29     33
Not too serious      34     34     34     34     30     38     38     36
Not a problem        16     15     19     13     13     18     16     12
DK/NA                 9     12     10      5     10      8     10      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Very serious          5%     7%    11%    17%    10%     7%     9%    12%
Somewhat serious     21     30     34     42     33     29     31     30
Not too serious      43     36     32     25     33     41     37     29
Not a problem        25     15     15      9     13     14     14     20
DK/NA                 5     11      9      7     10      9      9      9
 
 
29. Do you think the state should require towns to provide restrooms at their beaches or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  87%    83%    93%    86%    89%    86%    83%    90%
No                   11     14      5     14     10     11     16      8
DK/NA                 2      4      2      1      1      3      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    NonWht
 
Yes                  93%    83%    85%    91%    85%    88%    87%    89%
No                    6     15     13      7     14     11     12      7
DK/NA                 1      2      3      2      1      2      1      3