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Poll: N.J. voters overwhelmingly support COVID-19 relief package

Congress set to vote on $1.9 trillion stimulus plan on Friday

By David Wildstein, February 25 2021 10:44 am

New Jerseyan voters support the proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package by a massive 65%-30% margin, according to a new Project Ready poll released on Thursday.

The strong showing of support for stimulus bill comes as New Jersey’s twelve Members of Congress prepare to vote on the measure in Washington on Friday.

Support for the plan breaks along party lines: 97% of Democrats support it and 68% of Republicans oppose it. Among independents, the relief package is backed by 59% of voters, while 33% oppose it.

“It is critically important that Congress pass President Biden’s COVID rescue package without delay, and our poll shows that New Jerseyans stand in support of the bill and other policies that would create equity in our communities,” said Shennell McCloud, executive director of Project Ready.

By a 15-point margin, 56%-41%, New Jersey voters support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.  That number is strongest in communities of color and among Democrats; Republicans oppose it, 85%-13%, while independents are split, 43%-44%.

A move to cancel $50,000 of an individual’s student loan debt has the support of a majority of New Jersey voters, but by a narrower margin of 52%-44%.

The Project Ready poll was conducted from February 12-15 with a sample size of 960 using dynamic sampling technology and has a margin of error of +/- 3.6%.

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