FDU Poll: New Jerseyans Don't Want to Pump Gas

Residents agree with rule requiring attendants to pump gas.

A majority of New Jerseyans would prefer to pump fists, not gas.

According to the latest recent statewide poll by 's PublicMind, 63% of voters said they support the state’s rule that an attendant must pump gas. Only 23% opposed the rule, while 14% said they weren’t sure.

There were no differences in the vote according to age of voters, according to the poll, but women were much more likely to support the rule than men. Just over 70% of women supported the rule, while 55% of men were in favor.

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New Jersey voters are pumped up about not pumping gas. According to the most recent statewide poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMindTM, 63% of 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.

There are no differences by age. The majority opinion is consistent from the very youngest drivers to the very oldest.

“Clearly, this is an aspect of life in the Garden State that Jerseyans have embraced,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll.

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%.

“I don’t call it pampering,” said Woolley, “until I go to Pennsylvania and try to figure out how the pump works.”

But 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%.

“Some voters think the regulation is government interference,” said Woolley. “Others think it’s sensible and convenient.”

New Jersey is not unique in this respect. Oregon also forbids customers to pump gas.

“We’ll run the question again in summer, when it’s not snowing or pouring rain, and it’s not too hot either,” said Woolley. “Perhaps then drivers will be more inclined to get out of the car to work the pump themselves.”

The Fairleigh Dickinson University 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.


La Quin January 31, 2012 at 09:02 PM
me too! and i don't want to smell like gas either
Michael January 31, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Actually I'm originally from PA so I guess I'm just used to it and not a huge fan of waiting 20 min for the one guy working 8 pumps to get back to me
Mark Lipinski February 03, 2012 at 11:22 PM
TO MICHAEL who writes that he is "not a huge fan of waiting 20 min for the one guy working 8 pumps to get back to me" .... are you kidding? 20-minutes? LOL I am also a PA native and I've never waited any longer than 5 - 6 minutes for a clerk to pump my gas in NJ in all the years I've lived here and I'm VERY impatient and Type-A. I've waited at least that long at times to pump my own gas in PA. Dude, if you're waiting 20-minutes for someone to pump your gas I suggest you find another station or get a new watch.
Carol C. February 04, 2012 at 11:33 AM
I was thinking the same thing....20 minutes? Really?? If that were true, it is easily remedied by going to a different gas station. And several comments mentioned the 1 lone attendant; the stations I frequent have 2-3 employees and I am usually still fumbling to find my cash as they approach my car, I don't seem to wait very often. Again, an easy fix - try another station. I have lived in other states and have pumped my own, but really prefer leaving a gas station without my hands smelling of gas. New Jersey has it right in this case!
Chuck Ruff February 04, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Of course, the gas stations that have the cheapest gas are the ones that are going to have the most cars. For example, the Delta's on Rte 46 are usually the cheapest and can get pretty busy. It could take you 15 minutes or more to fuel up depending on how many cars are waiting in line. A self serve island would certainly speed things up. What annoys me most about this is that the people who don't want self serve want to force their will all those of us who do. If there was a choice of both where you wouldn't pay more for full serve than self serve, then everyone would be happy.


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