More than a year after the municipal consolidation of Princeton Borough and Princeton Township, a survey by Rutgers-Eagleton shows that nearly half of New Jersey residents are not in favor of consolidating municipalities.

According to the poll, 46 to 48 percent of state residents oppose their town consolidating with a nearby municipality, an eight percent increase from 2010.

The township and the borough of Princeton merged in 2013; after the merging, the town saw a drop in crime rate, budget and tax savings and increase in bond rating.

In an interview with the Princeton Packet, Anton Lahnston, former chairman of Princeton’s Consolidation Study Commission, explained that the reason for opposition could be found in residents’ suspicion about change and distrust in local government.

The poll surveyed 816 state residents between March 31 and April 6.

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