I said it just the other day, Save Jerseyans. If the February Eagleton Poll on the Rutgers Camden/Rowan merger were taken again, now that more and more information comes out on a daily basis, support would be even lower than the initial 22 percent.
Well when I am right, I am right.
According to the latest Eagleton Poll, support for the Rut-Row takeover has dropped below 1/5 of the citizenry. Only 19 percent of New Jerseyans are for the merger. 59 percent are definitively opposed, which is up 2 points from February, and 22 percent remain unsure or do not know enough about it.
It is little movement, but it is movement, and in the right direction. As far as my take on this, I think it is important to note that 33 percent of Republicans support the merger (but 41 percent are against it). That is directly attributable to those Republicans who support the Governor. They see that Christie likes the merger, so they like the merger. As a result of that unwavering support, the movement on the “support” side will likely be pretty stagnant as we head into the summer months when this plan is supposed to be taking effect.
The poll also found that nearly twice the number New Jerseyans support the UMDNJ takeover by Rutgers, which was the initial purpose that the Barer Commission even met in the first place. 38 percent of respondents were in support of that merger. Proponents of the merger plan have repeatedly said that the different mergers will not be severed or implemented separately.