From the Star Ledger:
New Jerseyans are conflicted.
A vast majority love their neighborhoods and most say the state is a good place to live, according to a new poll. But when it comes to the economy, they’re angry about the economic climate, pessimistic about the future and have grown increasingly likely to have an itch to move away.
It’s a mixed bag living in New Jersey, according to Rutgers-Eagleton’s 2018 State of the Garden State report.
Nearly 80 percent say their neighborhoods or “excellent” or “good” while 70 percent say the same about their towns.
Overall, 61 percent say New Jersey is an “excellent” or “good” place to live, compared to 39 percent who rate it “fair” or “poor,” according to the survey.
Ask New Jerseyans to consider their financial concerns with the state and majorities say they have grave misgivings.
Eighty-two percent are dissatisfied with how state government has handled taxes, including a majority, 61 percent, who are “very dissatisfied,” according to the poll. Three quarters say the same about cost of living and government spending
That could explain why the number of people who consider leaving the state has increased over the last decade: 30 percent — up from 22 percent in 2010 — say they have an itch to move.
“In a state that ranks near the top when it comes to outbound migration and taxation, it’s no surprise that New Jerseyans are upset with how state government is handling important financial matters – most of all, taxes,” Ashley Koning, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, said.