From the Courier Post Online:
New Jersey voters are skeptical that state lawmakers will deliver on a promise to cut their property taxes this year, while most support capping tax increases even if that leads to layoffs and cuts in services, a poll released this morning shows.
The Quinnipiac University poll found that 67 percent of New Jersey voters doubt that meaningful property tax cuts will be enacted this year, compared with 30 percent who say cuts are at least “somewhat likely” to occur.
“New Jersey voters are clearly skeptical that Gov. (Jon) Corzine and the state Legislature will provide meaningful property tax relief this year,” said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“Only about a third of voters say tax reform is likely this year and a majority disapprove of the way both the governor and the Legislature are handling the issue,” Richards said.
Voters in the poll gave Corzine a split 42-42 percent job approval rating, down from 49 percent approval in December. Only 30 percent approve of the way the governor is handling the property tax issue, compared with 51 percent who disapprove.
The Legislature fared worse. It got a negative 27-54 percent overall approval rating, and a negative 16-62 percent score for its handling of property taxes.
The telephone poll of 1,310 New Jersey voters was taken Jan. 16-22. It has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
— Voters by a margin of 53-41 percent support a plan to cap property tax hikes at 4 percent, even if that leads to layoffs and reductions in public safety and garbage collection.
— They oppose a proposal to sell or lease the New Jersey Turnpike or Garden State Parkway as a way to reduce state debt and provide money for property tax relief by a 53-34 percent margin.
— Some 49 percent think the 20 percent property tax cut proposed by Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts Jr. and Senate President Richard J. Codey is “the right amount.” The poll found 29 percent think it’s too little and 10 percent say it’s too much.