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New Jersey Voters Want The Right To Smile Back [VIDEO/AUDIO]

By now you’ve doubt heard that smiling for your drivers’ license photo is a no-no in New Jersey.

NJ Driver's License (NJ DMV)
NJ Driver’s License (NJ DMV)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years you’ve heard of or seen the “Jersey Shore,” “Real Housewives of New Jersey” or other Garden State-based reality TV shows. A new Quinnipiac University poll out today asks Jersey voters their thoughts on these hot-button issue. It turns out they want to smile for pictures, but they frown at the fact that New Jersey is in the reality show business.

62% of registered voters disapprove of the state’s ban on smiling for driver’s license photos. 17% percent are okay with it. Men (65%) want the right to smile a little more than women (59%). Older voters do (57% for those over 55), too, but not as much as younger voters (76% for those 18-34). The strongest call for the right to smile, 69% – 15%, is among voters making more than $250,000 per year.

“Dealing with the Motor Vehicle Commission is not something to smile about, but Garden State voters want the right to grin and bear it,” says Mickey Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Wealthier voters, who presumably have more to smile about, are most opposed to the ban on smiling for driver’s licenses.”

Voters aren’t smiling about “The Jersey Shore” and other reality TV shows as they support 72% – 21% a proposed law that would allow towns to have more say over reality TV shows filming in their neighborhoods. Even voters 18 to 34 years old support the proposal 73% – 25%. Voter opinion of Jersey Shore, in its last season is unfavorable 66% – 8%.

Carroll says, “New Jersey voters are smiling to see the last of Snooki and her crew. They think ‘Jersey Shore’ was bad for the state and they think towns should have more power to keep ‘Real Housewives’ and other reality TV under control.”

From October 10 – 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,405 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

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