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April 4, 2012

A new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll found 59 percent of New Jersey’s registered voters oppose the merger of Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University. Conducted March 21-March 27, the poll found a slight increase in the percentage of voters opposing the merger, up from 57 percent in February. Only 19 percent now support the plan, compared with 22 percent two months ago.

The poll found opposition crosses party lines -- even a plurality of Republicans and those who have a favorable impression of Gov. Chris Christie are against his plan. It crosses school boundaries, as even a majority of voters with a connection to Rowan oppose it. And it crosses geographic lines, with South Jersey voters registering both the largest percent opposed -- 59 percent -- and the largest in support -- 22 percent. The poll found a bare plurality of voters supporting the other part of Christie’s reorganization proposal, with 38 percent in favor, 34 percent against and the rest undecided.

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