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Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. (Photo: NJ Globe file photo).

Most New Jerseyans support boosting state’s Revolutionary War sites, poll finds

By Nikita Biryukov, January 07 2020 10:55 am

Most New Jersey residents support preserving and boosting Revolutionary War sites in the state, according to a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday.

More than 80% said it was important to preserve such sites, with 49% saying it was very important and 35% saying it was somewhat important.

New Jerseyans see value in promoting the state’s Revolutionary War heritage, but the poll also shows that many do not realize just how much their home state contributed to the struggle for independence,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Murray is a former board member of the Crossroads of the American Revolution Association and is an advocate for New Jersey’s Revolutionary War heritage.

Despite their support for maintaining the state’s historical sites, many New Jersey residents said the state was not the most important one that came to mind when thinking about the revolutionary war.

A little more than half of the state’s residents, 52%, said New Jersey was among the most significant states in the Revolutionary War.

That put the Garden state behind Virginia, 67%, Massachusetts, 67%, and Pennsylvania, 62%.

Half of New Jersey’s residents said New York was among the most significant.

Considering some of the state’s major sites, from the tide-turning Ten Crucial Days campaign to the Morristown encampments to the largest artillery battle of the war at Monmouth, New Jersey has really been keeping its American Revolution light under a bushel,” Murray said.

Less than a third of New Jerseyans, 28%, said they had visited one of the state’s revolutionary war sites in the past five years, thought 61% said they were aware of such sites.

A slightly higher number, 43% said they had visited a Revolutionary War site anywhere in the country.

“There seems to be fairly widespread interest in American Revolution-related tourism,” Murray said. “The key is building more of it in New Jersey and that starts with higher in-state visibility.”

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2 thoughts on “Most New Jerseyans support boosting state’s Revolutionary War sites, poll finds

  1. The most inportant Location is Washington Crossing N.J. State Park.
    When is the State going to build the Revelationary War musam at the park.
    This has been under discussion for over three -four years along with promases to construct
    I under stand that Funding is avaible.

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