April 25, 2019 | Number of The Day
Residents worried about effects of climate change on their lives, families, friends

Two-thirds of New Jerseyans are concerned about the impact of climate change, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll conducted in collaboration with the New Jersey Climate Change Alliance at Rutgers University.

Thirty-seven percent say they are “very concerned” about the effects of climate change on their life or family members and the people around them. Another 30 percent are “somewhat concerned,” and the remaining third are “not very” (15 percent) or “not concerned at all” (18 percent).

On the policy side, more favor the state government combating climate change by offering incentives (45 percent) to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions rather than imposing limits (29 percent). Yet when asked who should pay to make New Jersey more resilient to climate change, 62 percent want fuel producers and heavy users that cause the most greenhouse-gas emissions to pay a “major share” of the cost; another 22 percent say they should pay a “minor share.”

Forty-three percent believe state government should pay a “major share” from the taxes it collects; another 35 percent say they should pay a “minor share.”