Number of the Day: 48%

March 1, 2011 | Number of The Day

The national media may be calling him a hero for having the courage to take an axe to the state budget, but New Jerseyans are not so sure, with 48 percent saying they are displeased with the budget this year, while 45 are supportive, according to the most recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll.

The poll demonstrates that New Jerseyans are evenly divided on the subject (7 percent were not sure what they thought) since the the disparity was within the 3.3 percent margin of error.

Those who are unhappy with Christie’s budget proposal considered it unfair and dislike the governor’s leadership style. Indeed, those who disliked the budget were much more passionate in their disapproval, with 22 percent saying they were “very displeased” while only 11 percent saying they were “very pleased.”

In what may be something of a surprise, nearly 75 percent of New Jerseyans are supportive of the millionaire’s tax. And that support is broadly held, with 82 percent of Democrats, 72 percent of independents and 53 percent of Republicans backing an increased tax rate for incomes above $1 million.