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Poll Finds NJ Residents Don’t Want To Pump Gas [AUDIO]

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63% of New Jersey voters say they support the Garden State rule that requires a gas station attendant to pump their gas.

Just 23% say they oppose it. And 14% say they’re not sure, or they have mixed views. That’s according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University-Public Mind poll out today.

Poll director Peter Woolley says, “The majority of 63% pretty much extends through the entire range of ages. You can’t find differences under 30 or over 60.”

However, women are significantly more likely to support the rule than men. Female support is very strong at 72%-15%, while men support it by 55%-31%.

“Clearly, this is an aspect of life in the Garden State that Jerseyans have embraced,” says Peter Woolley. “I don’t call it pampering until I go to Pennsylvania and try to figure out how the pump works.”

There are some political undercurrents. Self-described conservatives support the rule by 55%-29%, while liberals approve by the much more robust margin of 70%-21%. Republicans approve by a hardy 61%-25%, but Democrats by a hardier 72%-19%.

Woolley explains, “Some voters think the regulation is government interference. Others think it’s sensible and convenient…….We’ll run the question again in summer, when it’s not snowing or pouring rain, and it’s not too hot either. Maybe then drivers will be more inclined to get out of the car to work the pump themselves. Then again, maybe not.”

Oregon also bars customers from pumping gas.

The poll of 800 registered voters statewide was conducted by telephone using both landlines and cell phones from Jan. 2 through Jan. 8, 2012, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.

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