Men support legislative effort to end lifetime alimony in N.J., poll finds

A measure that would end lifetime alimony in New Jersey is stalled in legislative committees. And a new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll shows residents are divided on whether lawmakers should enact it.

Poll director Krista Jenkins says a third of registered voters questioned support the bill that would set guidelines for how long alimony should last after a failed marriage or civil union. Forty percent of those polled oppose it while 26 percent are unsure.

“When asked how long a marriage should last in order for one to receive alimony, over half say at least 10 years,” Jenkins said. “Fewer say a couple should make it to at least their 15-year anniversary.”

More men then women are in favor of ending lifetime alimony. Jenkins says that’s not surprising because the people who receive alimony are usually women, and they don’t want to be hurt by putting limitations on how long it will last.

Married people are more in favor of the legislation than those who aren’t married, and Republicans favor it more than Democrats.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.