June 5, 2019 | Number of The Day
New Jerseyans who say they are more civically engaged since Trump election

Donald Trump’s presidency has been the inspiration — and agitation — behind many candidates running for office these past three years but new data shows it also has influenced citizens not seeking careers in politics. Nearly one in three New Jersey adults — especially Democrats and women — maintain they are more civically engaged now than before President Trump’s election, according to a new Stockton University poll. The poll categorizes “civically engaged” as doing things like volunteering for a political campaign, donating to a candidate or political cause, attending a protest, or writing a letter to an elected official.

One in four (24 percent) of poll respondents who said they are more active today cited opposition to Trump and the Republican Party as motivating factors, while 5 percent said they have been motivated by support for the president and the GOP.