Most New Jerseyans think Atlantic City’s future is bleak and support last month’s appointment of an emergency management team, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Tuesday.
The poll found that 63 percent of 813 contacted residents said the resort town’s best days are behind it, while 25 percent think they are yet to come. Only 38 percent said they had visited the resort in the last year.
Gov. Chris Christie’s executive order to temporarily implement an emergency manger in Atlantic City received broad support. The poll said 61 percent of Democrats, 55 percent of independents and 59 percent of Republicans agreed with Christie’s course of action.
However, few seem to be following the resort’s financial crisis closely. Although it’s been widely reported in the state, just 11 percent said they’ve heard a lot about the emergency team put in place. Only 27 percent said they have heard some, 28 percent said a little and 34 percent said they’ve nothing at all.
Attention paid to the situation seems to influence responses. New Jerseyans most familiar with the story were least likely to support Christie’s action. The poll found 56 percent agreed, while 43 percent said Atlantic City should handle things on its own. Those who have heard little about the issue were most likely to agree with the state sending in an emergency management team, at 62 percent.
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