August 2, 2011
RE: Monmouth Poll Results Confirm Citizen Satisfaction with Local Government
On Monday, Monmouth University Polling Institute released its fourth report in a series of state residents’ perceptions of New Jersey’s quality of life. A summary of the “Garden State Quality of Life” poll results can be accessed at http://www.monmouth.edu/polling/admin/polls/NJQualityofLife_County_August2011.pdf .
The pollsters asked at least 100 citizens from each of New Jersey’s 21 counties their opinion of New Jersey, their hometown, local schools, the environment and crime. The Garden State Quality of Life Index, a scale of -100 to +100, is comprised of two major components – ratings of the state as a whole and ratings of ones’ hometown and local area.
Overall, satisfaction with the State scored a +21, Morris County had the highest ranking of +42 while Cumberland County had the lowest ranking of +5. Per capital wealth seemed to play a big part in the results, however, counties with the highest scores come from every region of the state.
When asked to rate their own hometowns on average 78% of residents are positive. Residents of Morris (89%), Hunterdon (87%), Somerset (86%), Bergen (85%), Cape May (78%), Monmouth (77%), Ocean (77%) and Middlesex (77%) are the most positive. In general, and as we expected, more New Jerseyans give high marks to their hometown than say the same about the state as a whole.
Based on these results, New Jersey Mayors and municipal officials seem to be providing their residents with a positive quality of life. We commend you all.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.