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March 16, 2018

Sixty percent of New Jerseyans believe the state is going down the wrong road. Another 30 percent live on the sunny side of the street — and think the Garden State is bobbing along nicely in the right direction. These are among the findings of the latest poll in the Rutgers-Eagleton 2018 State of the Garden State series.

What else did the poll discover about our view of home? Well, while 61 percent think that New Jersey is an “excellent” or “good” place to live, 30 percent would leave if they could. Probably the least surprising revelation is that 82 percent of New Jerseyans are “somewhat” or “very” dissatisfied with the way the state government has handled taxes, and 75 percent think their property taxes are “somewhat” or “very” unfair.

As a new administration takes over in Trenton and tries to put its stamp on the Garden State, the poll has a piece of good news for Gov. Phil Murphy — there’s 68 percent support for raising taxes on households making more than $1 million annually, something the governor proposed in his first budget this week. (The poll also delves into what New Jerseyans think about healthcare, education, and transportation.)

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