Most NJ residents satisfied with Sandy recovery, poll says
Wednesday marks the two-year anniversary of the day Superstorm Sandy began pummeling New Jersey, and a new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll reveals most Garden State residents are satisfied with recovery efforts so far.
However, they question if the state can be prepared for another Sandy-like storm.
"A majority of New Jerseyans across the state are satisfied with the state's recovery efforts from Sandy," said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. "Fifty-four percent say they're satisfied; 35 percent are dissatisfied."
One year after the storm, roughly six in 10 residents expressed confidence that federal recovery money was being spent correctly and efficiently. Those numbers have dipped in the new survey.
"Fifty-one percent of New Jerseyans are confident that these funds are being used wisely, but 42 percent are not so sure," Murray said.
Poll participants were also asked if New Jersey is ready for another storm like Sandy, and if it is even realistic to expect the state to be prepared to handle that type of natural disaster.
"Just 11 percent of residents say we're 'very prepared,'" Murray said. "Another 53 percent say we're 'somewhat prepared.' Just 42 percent say yes, New Jersey can prepare for this type of storm if it happens again. Thirty-eight percent say it's not possible at all."
Forty-one percent said the state has done a good job in helping residents who still need to fix their homes, compared to 45 percent who said New Jersey has done a poor job.
Tourism is a $40 billion annual industry in the Garden State, so residents were also asked about recovery efforts in that respect. Forty-three percent said the Jersey Shore tourism industry has recovered at about the pace they expected, but 31 percent said it has been slower than anticipated.
The poll was conducted by telephone with 802 New Jersey adults from Sept. 17-21, 2014. The margin of error is 3.5 percent.