Poll: N.J. voters still heading to beach this summer

TRENTON – It will take more than a hurricane to keep N.J. residents off the beach this summer.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll released today found that N.J. voters said 85-13 percent that they are not changing their summer vacation plans because of the damage by Superstorm Sandy last year.

Seventy-four percent said the state’s recovery from Sandy is going “very well” or “somewhat well,” according to the poll.

In addition, voters approve 85–10 percent of the way Gov. Christopher Christie is handling the recovery from Sandy.

“Call Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, or Snooki and The Situation for you younger folks, but don’t invite Sandy.  New Jersey voters say Sandy has not changed their vacation plans” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a release.

 “Garden State voters think governments – state and local – are doing a good job on recovery.  FEMA gets mixed marks.  Insurance companies get a thumbs down,” he said.

Dunes

On a related note, New Jersey voters say 69–23 percent, including 75–22 percent among Shore area voters, that building sand dunes and sea walls to protect ocean front communities is a good idea, even if they block some views.

“Better safe than scenic.  Those Shore dwellers who say dunes would spoil their views don’t get much sympathy – even from their neighbors in Shore areas.  In fact, New Jersey voters say 72–22 percent that government has the right to block someone’s ocean view with a dune or seawall,” Carroll said.

Menendez

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez’ job approval rating has bounced back to 40–37 percent from a negative 36–41 percent approval rating in a Feb. poll. 

The negative rating, in the wake of allegations of impropriety involving prostitutes as well as his association with a donor, marked a 15-point drop from a  51–33 percent approval Jan. 23.

New Jersey voters are divided 35–36 percent, with 29 percent undecided, on whether Menendez is honest and trustworthy.

Voters say 40–35 percent, with 25 percent undecided, that they are satisfied with the way Menendez is handling this matter.  The controversy is worth investigation, 53 percent of voters say, while 30 percent say it is politically motivated.

“The fallout from those scandal stories has wounded Sen. Robert Menendez, but it looks like he has stopped the bleeding and even recovered a little,” Carroll said.

From March 19 – 24, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,129 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.  Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.  

Poll: N.J. voters still heading to beach this summer