June 20, 2003 - New Jersey Voters Oppose Newark Arena Plan 3 - 1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
By a 56 - 19 percent margin, New Jersey voters would prefer to see the New Jersey Devils and the Nets play in the Meadowlands rather than in a new arena in Newark, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Urban voters prefer the Meadowlands 51 - 29 percent, with support growing to 67 - 14 percent among suburban voters. Philadelphia area voters support the Meadowlands 44 - 13 percent with 43 percent undecided.

The Devils win the hearts of 43 percent of New Jersey voters who say they are fans, including 20 percent from the Philadelphia 76ers area. The Nets can claim the loyalty of 40 percent of Garden State voters, including 20 percent from Philadelphia Flyers country.

"Most New Jersey voters don't root for the Garden State's hockey and basketball teams, even after the Devils won hockey's Stanley Cup. And not many fans - even urban fans - want to see hockey or basketball in Newark," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

From June 11 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed 815 New Jersey registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percent.

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

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu and quicklinks or call (203) 582-5201.

24. Do you think of yourself as a New Jersey Nets fan or not?

                      Tot     Men     Wom     

Yes 40% 48% 32% No 55 49 60 DK/NA 5 3 7

25. Do you think of yourself as a New Jersey Devils fan or not?

                      Tot     Men     Wom     

Yes 43% 52% 35% No 53 47 59 DK/NA 4 2 6

26. Would you like to see the Nets and Devils continue to play in the Meadowlands or move to a new arena that would be built in Newark?

                      Tot     Men     Wom     Fans(Nets or devils)

Meadowlands 56% 55% 56% 64% Newark 19 24 14 26 DK/NA 25 20 30 11