36% of New Jerseyans Say They Want to Leave

The majority of New Jersey’s residents are happy where they are, but a significant subset are not quite thrilled and want to get out.

A Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Thursday morning found that about 60% of New Jerseyans think the Garden State is a good place to live, but a record-high 36% of residents say they want to move to another state.

“New Jerseyans’ views on the Garden State as a place to live have remained stable the past several years but over the decades have gradually become less positive,” Rutgers-Eagleton polling director Ashley Konig said.

Overall, happiness with the state is split along party lines. 74% of Democrats said they’re happy with New Jersey,  while 54% of independents and 47% of Republicans said the same.

The majority of South Jersey residents, those in the lowest income bracket, and people who have only a high school education or less, don’t like the state and want out.

“New Jerseyans’ desire to move has increased by double digits over the last decade,” Koning said. “These latest numbers set an all-time high in the poll’s history of asking this question for those who want to move out of state and an all-time low for those who want to stay.”

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