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Poll Finds Support For State Worker Cuts

Gov. Chris Christie holds a town hall meeting - Monmouth Junction, NJ - Oct 26, 2010 - Photo: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office

Gov. Chris Christie (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor’s Office)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A new poll finds widespread support for state worker layoffs, furloughs and wage freezes to combat New Jersey’s fiscal woes.

The Quinnipiac University Poll out Thursday finds 53 percent of voters surveyed support layoffs, 63 percent support furloughs and 78 percent support wage freezes.

The state work force of 63,000 is set to shrink by 1,200 positions on Jan. 1.

Nearly everyone, 99-percent of those polled, believes New Jersey’s budget problems are serious.

Fifty-two percent approve of the way Gov. Chris Christie handled his first budget; 42 percent disapprove.

Two-thirds said they would rather see services cut than taxes raised.

The telephone poll of 1,362 voters was taken Nov. 3-8 and has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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