But poll finds…ahh…they would like more bathrooms at the beaches
A large majority of New Jerseyans (79 percent) say the state is a “very good” or “fairly good” place to live, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
But another 20 percent say New Jersey is a “fairly bad” or “very bad” place to live.
By similar numbers, a large number of residents say the state is good place for a vacation, with 80 percent saying “very good” or “fairly good” and 17 percent saying “fairly bad” or “very bad.”
A total of 86 percent of New Jerseyans under 35 like the state as a place to live, more than older residents. But 66 percent of younger residents like the state as a place to vacation, less than older resident.
While 73 percent of all New Jerseyans would recommend to family and friends that they vacation in the state, only 58 percent of younger residents would plug their home state.
In fact, 66 percent of all New Jerseyans, Democrats more than Republicans, plan to vacation or sightsee in the state this year, including 71 percent with children under 18.
Asked what they like to do most in New Jersey:
- 49 percent like ocean beaches;
- 11 percent like Atlantic City;
- 11 percent like sightseeing;
- 10 percent like the boardwalk.
“We like living in New Jersey and – overwhelmingly – we’d invite out-of-staters to spend their vacations here,” Maurice Carroll, the poll‘s director, said. “Partly the invitation might reflect New Jerseyans’ recognition that tourism is big business for their state.”
Tourism is “very important” to New Jersey’s economy, 70 percent of residents say. Another 24 percent say “somewhat important.”
“The beach, the boardwalk or Atlantic City is the favorite destination for two-thirds of New Jerseyans,” Carroll noted.
Shore communities have too many restrictions for getting to the beach, 48 percent of New Jerseyans say, while 43 percent say there’s enough beach access. The biggest objection comes from residents along the shore who say 55 percent to 40 percent that there are too many restrictions. Rural residents share that sentiment 48 percent to 40 percent. Urban residents say 46 percent to 41 percent that there is enough access.
New Jerseyans from all areas agree 83 percent to 15 percent that the state should require towns to provide restrooms at the beach. Women want more bathrooms 86 percent to 12 percent while men want them 80 percent to 18 percent.
“Voters of every stripe want bathrooms at the beach,” Carroll said.
From June 14 through – Sunday, Quinnipiac surveyed 1,610 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.
— TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM