Seven in 10 New Jerseyans strongly (46 percent) or somewhat (26 percent) support raising taxes on households making more than $1 million annually, according to the first joint poll between Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics and Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Opposition is divided evenly between 14 percent strongly against and 14 percent somewhat against.
“Support is just as strong for a millionaires tax as it was a year and a half ago,” said Ashley Koning, assistant research professor and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. “This may change as more details are released and as the proposal plays out in the Legislature in the coming months, but as of now, this could be a much-needed win for Murphy — at least in the public’s eyes.”
After more than a year in office, Murphy himself remains largely undefined in the minds of New Jersey voters. Half (50 percent) believe he hasn’t yet had any significant accomplishments. More approve (52 percent) than disapprove (43 percent) of his job performance, but support is not overwhelming. In fact, disapproval has increased by double digits since last fall.
Approval of how the governor is handling key issues is also mixed. He receives his lowest approvals on taxes and the state pension fund and his highest — and only majority — approval on weather-related emergencies.
All in all, over half of residents (56 percent) say Murphy is doing about as well as they expected in his first year as governor; 16 percent say he is outperforming their expectations, and 25 percent say he is doing worse than they anticipated.
As for the state as a whole, residents have grown a bit more pessimistic about New Jersey’s future since last fall: 58 percent now say the the state is on the wrong track, compared with 42 percent who feel it is moving in the right direction.