Some New Jersey residents — including the governor — have expressed concerns that the hit MTV reality show “Jersey Shore” might be damaging their state’s reputation, but a new poll indicates they probably should fuggedaboudit, the Associated Press reports.
The nationwide poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind found no statistical difference between people who have seen the program and those who haven’t, the story says.
The series, about a group of hard-partying 20-somethings, may actually be helping the state by drawing attention to its coastline, the story notes.
The show "may be promoting one of the state’s best features — not Snooki, but the shore itself. It seems to me viewers are looking past The Situation to the shore scene itself," said Peter Woolley, director of the poll.
The survey found that 43% of those who have seen the show have a positive opinion about New Jersey, while 41% of those who haven’t watched it think the state is great.
Nevertheless, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who a year ago called the show negative for the state, hasn’t changed his opinion based on the poll, according to his press secretary.
"Honestly, I don’t think the poll refutes the point that Snooki and company do not represent real New Jerseyans, the Jersey Shore or New Jersey in any way," said Michael Drewniak, the governor’s press secretary. "Or that they are an embarrassment."