Is state headed in right direction? The ‘I don’t knows’ may have it

The latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll showed state residents are divided on the question of whether New Jersey is headed in the right direction — with the undecided carrying the deciding votes.


  • 40% believe the state is going in the right direction;
  • 45% say it is on the wrong track;
  • 15% are unsure.

Here’s how the question breaks by party affiliation and ethnicity.

Headed in the right direction:

  • 68% of Democrats;
  • 63% of Hispanics;
  • 49% of Blacks.

Headed down the wrong track:

  • 76% of Republicans;
  • 53% of whites;
  • 51% of independents.

The poll also found that young adults and urban residents are more positive than their counterparts — and that those in the highest income bracket are more negative than those in less affluent households.

Results are from a statewide poll of 1,008 adults contacted by live interviewers on landlines and cell phones from Oct. 21-27. The full sample has a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points.