While the Garden State's most visible cultural export in recent years has been the “Jersey Shore” reality series, a recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll suggests there's more to the state once you know it like its residents do.
According to the study, more than three-quarters of the state’s population takes pride in living here, with 56 percent expressing “a lot” of pride for the state. On the other side of the coin, only 18 percent express little or no pride in New Jersey residence.
Even more than the residents that feel an impressive amount of pride for their home state, however, 57 percent of New Jerseyans feel the Garden State has a bad reputation throughout the rest of the country. Those who feel the state has a positive image reaches 35 percent, while the pragmatists who feel the perception of New Jersey is varied are a small group, at 5 percent.
Cited positives for living in the Garden State were its proximity to two of the largest cities in the country and its varied topography, including mountains, farmland and beaches.
Results are from a statewide poll of 867 adults contacted by live callers on both landlines and cell phones from July 25 to Aug. 1. The sample has a margin of error of +/-3.9 percentage points. Interviews were done in English and, when requested, Spanish.