Gov. Phil Murphy is more popular in Newark than Mayor Ras Baraka, according to a poll released this morning by Project Ready, a local education advocacy group.
Murphy has approvals of 83%-14%, while Baraka is at 75%-18%.
President Donald Trump is upside-down at 19%-75% among Newark residents.
Just 21% of Newarkers said that they don’t know anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus.
More than four out of ten Newark residents say either they or someone in their household has lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, while 58% said they are still working. About half (48%) said at least someone in their household has had their hours reduced.
Almost two-thirds (66%) of Newark residents say they are adhering to all aspects of Murphy’s stay-at-home order, including social distancing and requirements to wear masks in public, while 29% say they are following most of them
Parents are concerned that their child has fallen behind because of distance learning and have mixed feelings about remote learning, he poll shows.
These poll results show that Newark is being hit hard by the coronavirus – in more ways than one,” said Shennell McCloud, executive director of Project Ready. “With the coronavirus disproportionately impacting communities of color, we need to pay close attention not just to the health and economic situation, but to the disparities in how this crisis is impacting education in communities of color.