By an overwhelming majority, New Jerseyans say they don’t support a bill in the Legislature to allow self-serve gas stations, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll.
On the question, “Do you prefer to pump your own gas or have your gas pumped for you?” a whopping 73% of New Jersey residents – 55% of men and 87% of women – say they oppose the self-serve proposal, while just 22% support it.
“There is apparently one thing all New Jerseyans can agree on nowadays and that’s the time-honored Jersey tradition of having your gas pumped for you,” said Ashley Konig, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University.
The poll comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers push for legislation that would allow motorists to pump their own gas in New Jersey – the only state that currently doesn’t allow it. Proponents of the bill say that it could save motorists up to 15 cents on every gallon of gas.
“Do you prefer to pump your own gas or have your gas pumped for you?” is frankly a dumb way to ask the question. The question should be: “Do you prefer the OPTION of pumping your own gas would you like to only have the option of having someone pump your gas for you?”