Poll: Post-Sandy Pessimism Persists in NJ [AUDIO]
"New Jerseyans are still feeling the effects of Sandy almost 18 months after the storm," said David Redlawsk, director of the poll.
Two-thirds of Garden Staters said the state is not yet back to normal following the storm, and 13 percent of the same group said pre-Sandy normalcy will never return.
Just 8 percent expressed hope that recovery work will be complete within the next year. Most, nearly 60 percent, said a full rebound may take another five years or so.
The poll also asked respondents to give a score to the pace of New Jersey's recovery; it was barely changed from November of last year.
"Despite five more months of recovery efforts, New Jerseyans do not perceive any real progress," Redlawsk said.
Poll participants shared positive opinions, though, on how the state government has handled recovery efforts. More than 65 percent offered a response of "very well" or "somewhat well."