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Poll Finds That most NJ Residents Don't Feel Budget Cuts Have Impacted Public Safety

The Star-Leger via YellowBrix

February 16, 2011

NEW JERSEY – A new poll finds most New Jerseyans are satisfied with local police services and do not feel budget cuts have impacted public safety.

The Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Press Media Poll out today also finds a majority of respondents see little benefit to merging police departments. Fifty-two percent oppose the idea of a countywide police force, while 38 percent support it.

Nearly 70 percent of those surveyed saw no impact on overall public safety in their towns despite budget cuts and police layoffs. Twenty percent say the cuts have made their town less safe.

The poll was conducted by telephone with 801 New Jersey adults from Feb. 2-7 and has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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