SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) -- Don't be a hater: MTV's "Jersey Shore" isn't killing New Jersey's reputation after all.
A new national poll finds that the reality show about a group of hard-drinking, foul-mouthed 20-somethings at a beach house in Seaside Heights, N.J., may even be helping a bit by bringing attention to the real Jersey shore.
The Fairleigh Dickinson poll found that 43 percent of those who have seen the show have a favorable opinion of New Jersey. But 41 percent who've never heard of Snooki or "The Situation" also think New Jersey is great.
People in the Northeast had the highest favorable view of the Garden State -- 48 percent. But they also had the highest unfavorable rating -- 27 percent.