Jersey rage: Residents hate Christie, don’t trust Legislature at all
A new Fairleigh Dickinson/Public Mind Poll shows Jersey voters are dissatisfied with both the governor and Trenton lawmakers in general.
"Dissatisfied" might be an understatement.
Just 1 percent of voters — that's 1 out of 100 — said they trust Trenton lawmakers to always do what's right.
Krista Jenkins, professor of political science and director of the FDU poll, says many respondents took a dim view of where we are going.
"Barely a quarter, or 24 percent, believe that the state is on a good path, with 67 percent who think otherwise."
She said voters were asked a number of questions about their feelings toward state government, and across all measures, voter discontent runs broad and deep.
The poll also showed a very slight improvement in Gov. Chris Christie's rating, but it still remains at an abysmal low.
"We find that his approval numbers are up slightly from January, which is the last time that we asked the same question. But they do remain statistically unchanged at 20 percent. Almost three-quarters, or 72 percent, of registered voters say they disapprove of his leadership."
But Jenkins says it is not just about the governor.
"Very, very many across the state, registered voters, have very unfavorable things to say about the way government is performing. The trust that exists between legislators and their constituents is almost nonexistent. We find that barely a tenth say they trust state government always or most of the time to do what is right. Instead, far more voters say they never believe Trenton legislators are doing the right thing."
Even among voters who are willing to give government the benefit of the doubt most of the time, 65 percent of them said they do not trust state officials.
Joe Cutter is the afternoon news anchor on New Jersey 101.5.
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