POLL: NEW JERSEY NOT HAPPY WITH WASHINGTON

New Jersey’s opinions of the president, its senators and congressmen are basically positive, although Barack Obama’s ratings have dipped.  The latest Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Press Media Poll also finds that the Garden State has grown increasingly dissatisfied with the national government, but doubt a change in congressional leadership would make any difference.

Only 24% of New Jersey residents are satisfied with the way things are going in Washington, while 2-in-3 (66%) are dissatisfied.  Satisfaction is at its lowest level since the new administration took office last year.  Large numbers of Republicans (87%) and independents (75%) express dissatisfaction with DC.  Even Democrats are now more likely to be dissatisfied (47%) rather than satisfied (40%) – which is a first for New Jersey Democrats since Obama took office.

At the same time, most (51%) New Jerseyans doubt that changing party control of Congress would improve the situation.  Among the rest, 22% prefer to see the Republicans in control of the nation’s legislative branch while an identical 22% prefer the Democrats.  Only Republicans think that the country would be better off with their party in control (63%), while another 35% say it wouldn’t matter.  Most independents (62%) think the country would be pretty much the same regardless of which party is in power, while the remainder split their preferences between Republican (19%) and Democratic (14%) control.  Interestingly, even New Jersey Democrats are more likely to say that party control of Congress doesn’t matter much (50%) rather than being better off with their own party in control (43%)

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