A new poll finds many New Jersey residents have a negative view of the quality of government, both here in the Garden State and in Washington, D.C.

About 36% give New Jersey government an excellent or good rating while just 19% say the same for Washington, D.C.

About 29% said Trenton is better run while 9% thought Washington was. About 57% said the two are run about the same.

Political affiliation makes a difference

Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, says if your political party controls the New Jersey Legislature, you’re more apt to think they’re doing a better job.

Among Democrats, 63% rate the state government positively, while just 14% of Republicans do.

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The poll finds just 31% of New Jersey Democrats have a positive view of the federal government, while 9% of Jersey Republicans give the federal government an excellent or good rating.

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Is politics an honorable profession?

Murray said the poll finds New Jerseyans are split on the question.

"‘Right now 44% say getting involved in politics is a dirty business, and that’s up from 32% when we polled this 15 years ago," he said.

He noted Republicans (52%) and independents (52%) are more likely than Democrats (33%) to have a negative image of politics and there are no significant generational differences in responses to this question.

The poll also finds 55% of Jersey residents feel they personally can make at least some kind of a difference to solve problems in their communities.

One in five New Jersey adults report working either alone or with a group to solve a problem in their community over the past 12 months and another 31% indicated they worked on a community problem more than a year ago.

Back in 2010, only a third of 18- to 34-year-olds reported ever working to solve a community problem, but in the current survey 55% say have done this.

About the poll

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from January 5 to 9, 2023 with 809 New Jersey adults. The question results in this release have a margin of error of +/- 4.7 percentage points.

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