Qpac poll: voters support public worker wage freezes, layoffs

New Jersey voters overwhelmingly support a wage freeze and layoffs of public workers to balance the state budget, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning.

By a margin of 75% to 21%, voters support wage freezes. A smaller number, but still an overwhelming majority, support layoffs: 61% to 33%.

“If Governor-elect Christopher Christie wants to consider a wage freeze, New Jersey voters, even Democrats and union households, say send out for ice,” said poll director Maurice Carroll. “And if he’s thinking about swinging the ax, voters will help sharpen it.

When given the choice between rising taxes and program cuts, voters chose the cuts 63% to 23%.

Governor-Elect Chris Christie has a net positive favorability rating of 36% to 25%, while the approval rating for outgoing Gov. Jon Corzine is the lowest ever in a Quinnipiac poll, at 31% approve to 59% disapprove.

Although voters reelected every incumbent legislator three weeks ago, the legislature’s approvals are even lower than the governor, at 61% disapprove to 21% approve.

Voters are split even on their U.S. Senators, with Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) getting 40% approve to 41% disapprove — his worst ever in a Quinnipiac poll – and Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken) at 36% approve to 37% disapprove.

Qpac poll: voters support public worker wage freezes, layoffs