August 24th, 2010
09:02 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Jersey voters give 'Shore' thumbs down

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="The cast of ‘The Jersey Shore’ gets low marks from New Jersey voters."](CNN) – It appears a majority of New Jersey residents agree with Gov. Chris Christie: The hit MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" is doing more harm than good to the Garden State.

According to the new poll from Quinnipiac University, 54 percent of New Jersey voters say the show is bad for the state's image. It's a sentiment that reaches across party lines (Republicans agree 57 – 18 percent while Democrats agree 52 – 22 percent) and gender division (men say the show is bad for the state 51 – 25 percent and women agree 57 – 15 percent).

Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, put the findings bluntly:

"New Jerseyans to New York: Keep your low-lifes at home and away from our seashore," he said.

The poll comes a month after Christie made clear he's no fan of the program that has launched a string of new stars including "Snooki," "The Situation" and "Jwwow."

"What it does is it takes a bunch of New Yorkers, who are – most of the people on 'Jersey Shore' are New Yorkers – takes a bunch of New Yorkers, drops them at the Jersey shore, and tries to make America feel like this is New Jersey," he said then.

The poll surveyed 1,190 New Jersey voters from August 9-17 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Bud

    As someone who's family has lived in New Jersey beach towns for four generations,I resent the fact that the show is called " Jersey Shore ". These morons are in no way represenative of the people who were born and raised here. These are the idiots who make the true " "locals " hate the summertime. Granted, over the last 25 years we have had an influx of people from north Jersey, Staten Island and New York who have gone from summer visitors to year rounders but they stand out like a sore thumb. The true " clammies " love the ocean and the natural beauty of the area year round.

    August 24, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Mike

    Anyone who watches or supports this show is simply an enabler. You are enabling the filthy and disrespectful behavior of these juvenile delinquents. There is absolutely nothing positive that comes out of this show except to perpetuate the debauchery and expose the complete lack of intelligence in the cast. These kids are exactly what is wrong with out society. And those people who put this show on TV thinking it is good entertainment are worse by taking advantage of these filth ridden sycophants and making them believe the public at large actually enjoys there lack of talent.

    August 24, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    All reality shows are basically distasteful. They exploit the worst aspects of humans, and attract viewers who are less than nice people, making them even less nice, after watching such shows.

    August 24, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. mypitts2

    Only one "poll" matters to "Jersey Shore." TV ratings.

    August 24, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. USA

    It's a disgraceful show and shows how low our society has fallen.

    Stop making "stars" out of nobodies.
    Stop giving them big bucks for doing absolutely nothing. Certainly nothing worthwhile or meaningful!

    Wake up America!!!!

    August 24, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Danielle

    What is the deal with Jersey and the digs at NYers.. Seriously now. You sit there and complain about these morons that MTV made a show out of... deal with it. The bigger deal you make, the more attention will be brought to them, and the longer they will be around. If no one really likes this show it will go away.. just bite your tongue and continue to be the armpit of the country. 🙂

    August 24, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. mona19595

    IMO the concept of this show is all wrong every, single one of these character's are so full of themselves, makes the show a big turn OFF! I'm not from NJ and even I don't like the show, if I was a resident of the Garden State I would be disgusted at how these character's act thinking they are the greatest thing's since sliced bread. I'd say CANCEL this one without a doubt!

    August 24, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. deb

    Dang, if folks in JERSEY give this crapfest a thumbs down....geesh.

    August 24, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. bbbrooke

    As if these people would care? They are laughing all the way to the bank.

    August 24, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Christie rocks

    Never seen Jersey Shore. Never will.

    Hopefully, Christie can get the support from the legislative branch, so that he can help fix the NJ economy (by reducing spending...).

    August 24, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. timmi

    Yeah you're right..jersey had a great rep before the show started:)

    August 24, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Jennifer

    That is not the only show that is embarrassing Jersey...what about Desperate Housewives of NJ, I mean the Real Housewives, and then there is the show Jerseylicious. They all are ridiculous but I guess that is what America is watching. No thank you, not my cup of tea.

    August 24, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. phoenix

    these spaghetti benders make me roar all cute and chiseled better than sopranoes i hope they dont get axed

    August 24, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. David

    If you enjoy watching unpleasant people do unpleasant things, then Jersey Shore is for you.

    In the words of the idiot half-governor of Alaska who would fit right into the cast, "thanks but no thanks!"

    August 24, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Anonymous

    We know these "kids" are bimbos but the real identity problem is on another network with the Real Houswives of N J.
    these women think they are normal and represent the :refined" people of the Garden State.
    Based on television- New Jersey has a real "people problem"

    August 24, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. C

    Why don't you poll people NOT in New Jersey and see if they think the show puts NJ in a bad light....Odds are, majority of the people will say New Jersey was always in a bad light

    August 24, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Craig

    Duh!! That show is trash.

    August 24, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. PK California

    The Jersey Shore is not at all as depicted! I t was born and brought up in NJ as were my family who are still there. We day tripped and vacationed at the shore every year. Most of the shore is family oriented with only one or two exceptions where young people hang out. This show should be taken off the air! No show should be allowed to depict an area of a state as this show has. Take a poll of NJ residents (and Pa. vacationers) and you'll see this is NOT the REAL Jersey Shore!!!!!

    August 24, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Jeff

    The vast majority of these idiots are from New York!

    August 24, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Nami

    As a native New Yorker who now lives in Pittsburgh, I know New Yorkers have a deservedly bad image. Mostly from exporting this sort of garbage. I do feel for those from NJ, who do not want to be associated with these cartoon characters. If you're from the area you'll quickly recognize Snooki and her group of braniacs as New Yorkers, but othere may not.
    One thing about the cast. I still think they are too dumb to realize we're laughing at them, not with them.

    August 24, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Sarah

    According to everyone I've met from NJ, that show represents the Jersey shore to a T...

    August 24, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. jimbo giggio

    If people didn't watch, MTV wouldn't run it.

    August 24, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. John

    But NJ gives Christie thumbs up, 51%, more than 47% for Obama.

    August 24, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Josh

    First off the picture above is a complete disgrace to the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. Secondly, that show is done in such poor taste I can't figure out why people watch it. I am not from New Jersey/New York but I think it is a complete disgrace to society as a whole, what is it showing our youth and young men and women when people can act like complete morons on the show and get glamorized for it in the media. MTV has really gone by the wayside over the years, it shouldn't even be called MTV anymore because I don't think I have seen music on it in years.

    Heres the situation...that show is a complete waste of brain cells.

    August 24, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Rob

    I can smell Snooki from here.

    August 24, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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