MADISON, N.J., July 18 (UPI) -- A telephone poll suggests MTV reality series "Jersey Shore" does not appear to have a large effect on whether U.S. residents view New Jersey favorably.
The poll of 711 adults, conducted March 21-27 by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind, found 41 percent of respondents who had not seen "Jersey Shore" had a favorable view of New Jersey, while 43 percent of those who had seen the program also viewed the state favorably.
"These measures alone suggest the show isn't hurting the nation's view of the state. In fact, it may be promoting one of the state's best features -- not Snooki but the shore itself," poll director Peter Woolley said, referring to show star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi.
The pollsters said people in the Northeast tended to have stronger opinions on New Jersey, with 48 percent of respondents in the area having a favorable view of the state and 27 percent having an unfavorable view, compared to the Midwest, where 37 percent viewed New Jersey favorably and 17 percent viewed it unfavorably.
"Familiarity breeds both appreciation and criticism," Woolley said. "New Jersey's neighbors are more likely than others to know both the attractive and unattractive parts of the state."
The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.