Most New Jerseyans say it’s important to preserve and promote the state’s Revolutionary War heritage, including about half (49%) who say it’s very important and 35% who say it is somewhat important. That’s according to a new Monmouth University Poll. Thirteen percent of residents say it’s not an important preservation issue.
When it comes to states identified with that period in the nation’s history, many New Jerseyans rate their home state as less significant than others; the poll found about two-thirds of Garden State residents rate Massachusetts (67%), Virginia (67%), and Pennsylvania (64%) among the more significant states involved in the Revolutionary War, versus just over half (52%) who say the same about New Jersey. “New Jerseyans see value in promoting the state’s Revolutionary War heritage, but the poll also shows that many do not realize just how much their home state contributed to the struggle for independence,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. And, Murray added, “Considering some of the state’s major sites, from the tide-turning Ten Crucial Days campaign to the Morristown encampments to the largest artillery battle of the war at Monmouth, New Jersey has really been keeping its American Revolution light under a bushel.”