Sandy victims: Local government most helpful in recovery

Sandy victims rank their local government as the most responsive unit  of government during the recovery from last year’s superstorm, the latest Monmouth University poll shows.

The poll issued Tuesday shows that a majority of respondents who were displaced by Sandy say that their local town government has been at least somewhat helpful (55%), compared to 42% who say it has not been helpful. 

Impacted residents are split on the federal government’s helpfulness – 51% say it has been helpful and 47% say not helpful.  

New Jersey state government is seen as less supportive – 43% helpful compared to 53% not helpful.  County governments are seen as least helpful – 25% helpful to 62% not helpful.

That coincides with the kind of testimony angry residents delivered this summer and fall to legislative hearings: that the state agencies were unresponsive or just plain unaware of what to do.

Testimony at those hearings also displayed venom for insurers. And the poll today mirrors that.

Insurance providers get more negative than positive marks – 42% of impacted respondents say their insurance company has been helpful to 51% not helpful.  Community organizations, such as the Red Cross and local churches get more positive marks (51% helpful) than negative (35% not helpful). 

“Local governments have generally been seen as responsive in the year after Sandy hit.  But there are some regional differences in local government ratings that suggest not all towns have been equally effective in working with their impacted residents,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, which is conducting the ongoing study under a grant from the New Jersey Recovery Fund.

Sandy victims: Local government most helpful in recovery