NEWARK - A new poll finds most New Jerseyans are satisfied with local police services and do not feel budget cuts have impacted public safety.

The Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Press Media Poll out today also finds a majority of respondents see little benefit to merging police departments. Fifty-two percent oppose the idea of a countywide police force, while 38 percent support it.

Nearly 70 percent of those surveyed saw no impact on overall public safety in their towns despite budget cuts and police layoffs. Twenty percent say the cuts have made their town less safe.

Although 52 percent of residents say that countywide police consolidation would lead to some taxpayer savings, less than 20 percent say that such savings would be significant.

Monmouth University Poll