New Jerseyans’ views of their quality of life have shot up to an all-time high amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday.
The poll found that more than two-thirds of New Jersey residents said the state was a good place to live, and the spread of the poll’s Garden State Quality of Life Index moved to an all-time high of +37.
“These positive results reflect a prevailing sense of goodwill as Garden State residents pull together in the current pandemic. Whether this can be maintained once the crisis is over is another question,” said Monmouth Poll Director Patrick Murray.
Residents’ improved attitudes are a start improvement from a similar poll conducted in September. Then, the spread was just 24 points.
While most of the state’s residents contribute to the index’s record high standing, pollsters found counties at the northwestern and southern edges of the state aren’t feeling the same jubilance.
“The most rural parts of New Jersey don’t seem to be experiencing the same sense of camaraderie as the rest of the state,” Murray said.
Residents there had a quality of life index score of just +21.
But elsewhere in the state, the COVID-19 crisis appears to have boosted New Jerseyans views of their neighbors to all time highs.
Almost eight in 10 residents gave their hometown high marks, with 39% calling their place of residence excellent and 40% calling it good.
“These local ratings have really driven Monmouth’s overall quality of life index into record territory. New Jerseyans are feeling very good about their neighbors right now,” Murray said.