Poll: New Jerseyans want ID smile rights

Oct. 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM
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TRENTON, N.J., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A poll of New Jersey residents indicates residents want the right to smile for ID photos and the ability to kick "Jersey Shore" out of town.

The Quinnipiac University telephone poll of 1,405 New Jersey residents, conducted Oct. 10-14, found 62 percent of respondents disapprove on the state's ban on smiling for driver's license photos while 17 percent said they approve of the restriction.

"Dealing with the Motor Vehicle Commission is not something to smile about, but Garden State voters want the right to grin and bear it," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Wealthier voters, who presumably have more to smile about, are most opposed to the ban on smiling for driver's licenses," by 69 percent to 15 percent.

The poll also found 72 percent of respondents support a proposed law to give towns more say over whether reality television shows are filmed in their neighborhoods. The law was inspired by the MTV show "Jersey Shore."

"New Jersey voters are smiling to see the last of Snooki and her crew. They think 'Jersey Shore' was bad for the state and they think towns should have more power to keep 'Real Housewives' and other reality TV under control," Carroll said.

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