According to a poll conducted for the N.J. Association of State Colleges and Universities, likely voters in the state say that state institutions of higher education are key to the economic recovery and merit more state investment.
The poll, conducted for the Association by Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates (PSB), Washington, DC, is taken from an online study focusing on New Jersey’s nine state colleges and universities, conducted March 31 – April 4, of 750 New Jersey likely voters. The margin of error for this study is plus/minus 3.58% at the 95% confidence level.
Among some of the poll’s findings are that 95% of likely voters think it is important for the state to have a plan to connect higher education with jobs and the economy. According to the poll findings, 57% said they were not aware that the state has such a plan.
According to the poll, 14% say the educational quality of the state colleges is excellent, 67% say good, 17% say fair, and 1% say poor.
Among likely voters, 57% strongly agree that excellent and affordable state colleges are vital to New Jersey’s economy, the Association stated. More than 60% say they are likely to support investment in college and university facilities, including a bond issue of $1.3 billion or $2.6 billion. Better than four out of five likely voters agree – and 39% strongly agree – that the state should provide consistent, predictable support to state colleges and universities so they can make long-term plans.