76 percent

June 25, 2014 | Number of The Day
Number of NJ voters who say they are likely to support constitutional amendment that would provide more funding for land and water preservation

Asked whether they would approve a constitutional amendment to “dedicate certain state revenues each year for environmental programs,” 76 percent of respondents to a bipartisan poll said either that they would definitely (50 percent) or probably (22 percent) support it.

What’s more, 69 percent of respondents said they thought programs that protect open space, farmland, and water quality were “extremely important” (26 percent) or “very important “(44 percent). Only 6 percent said it was “not too important.”

Probably the most interesting response, given that many of these funds have been diverted lately to balance the state budget, is that an overwhelming majority (78 percent) said that the state legislature should put the issue as a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

The poll was conducted of 600 New Jerseyans by what was described as a bipartisan research team of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R).