A new AAA poll should settle this once and for all: Do New Jerseyans go "to the beach" or "down the shore"?

AAA Clubs of New Jersey recently surveyed 916 state residents about how they describe those warm weather sojourns to our famous coast.

"Overall, they prefer 'shore' over 'beach,'" spokeswoman Cathleen Lewis says.

About 60 percent said they go down the shore. Lewis says the only place that we saw a real difference was those people who are already living at the shore. More of them say they go to the beach.

The survey also shows tremendous loyalty to specific shore points, with better than 7 in 10 saying they return to their regular pre-Sandy destinations.

"It is a good affirmation that people have returned."

Lewis says the, "same old, same old," was highly popular, which was great news for those areas that were impacted by the big storm.

According to Lewis, even those who are not planning to take long vacations down the shore are planning to take a couple of weekends or several day trips.

The survey also shows the road trip rules this summer: 74 percent will vacation by car, 13 percent by air.

Joe Cutter is the afternoon news anchor on New Jersey 101.5. Contact him at Joe.Cutter@townsquaremedia.com

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