The State of the State Survey for Alabama conducted by the Capital Survey Research Center was completed last month. This statewide survey, which covered three major topics, had some rather interesting findings. The topics covered were President Obama and the economy; bingo gaming legislation; and the proposed removal of the sales tax on groceries. These are the major findings from the survey:
• 86% want their legislators to vote for the bingo bill allowing a vote of the people, 72% state they will vote to approve regulating and taxing gaming, and 65% state that they will be less likely to vote for the reelection of their legislators, if they vote against allowing a vote on the issue.
• 64% support removing the sales tax on groceries with income caps.
• 67% believe President Obama is providing strong leadership and doing the best job possible.
• 68% are dissatisfied with how things are going nationally and about evenly divided on how things are going in the state.
• 60% believe President Obama has made a good faith effort to work with Republicans while 33% believe Republicans have made a good faith effort to work with the President.
• Voters are hopeful about the economy, believe the problems were inherited, and want to focus on the economy getting better rather than reducing the debt.
• Voters oppose Governor Riley’s refusal of federal recovery funds for unemployment.
• Voters overwhelmingly support regulating and taxing bingo gaming and a compact with the Indian gaming operations.
The poll results indicate broad support for the positions stated above across party and demographic lines. I have found this polling group to be very accurate in its surveys. It will be interesting to see how the elected officials deal with the issues covered in the survey.
Source: Capital Survey Research Center
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