Poll: Corruption still a big problem in NJ

November 8, 2009 3:02:39 PM PST
Nearly two-thirds of New Jerseyans believe there is "a lot" of political corruption in the state, according to a new poll.

The Rutgers-Eagleton survey also found 54 percent of respondents believe the Garden State is more corrupt than other states, while 40 percent believe it's about the same as elsewhere.

Respondents, though, were divided over what punishment should be meted out to those only accused of corruption.

Fifty-eight percent say those officials shouldn't have their pay and benefits cut off unless they are convicted, while 36 percent disagree. But half say those officials should be forced to leave office once they're charged, while 42 percent say they should be allowed to stay until found guilty.

The telephone poll of 903 New Jersey adults was conducted between Oct. 15-20 and has a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

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