Recent MTSU surveys show quite interesting results
Thursday, March 26, 2015 8:29 pm
The most recent MTSU Poll earlier this year touched on a number of issues that remain in the public eye at the state legislative and federal levels.
All 2015 MTSU Spring Poll results, including interactive graphics and results from questions on school quality, political leadership and presidential hopefuls, can be found at www.mtsupoll.org.
Here's a recap of some of the key findings:
Attitudes toward abortion regulation appear nuanced and strongly tied to religious identity.
The poll found that, among all Tennesseans:
At the time of the poll, two-thirds of Tennesseans hadn't heard much about Gov. Bill Haslam's "Insure Tennessee" health care proposal, but among the third who had, support substantially outweighed opposition.
The poll found that a majority still oppose "allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally," but opposition is softening.
Evangelical identity makes the biggest difference. Among evangelicals, 70 percent oppose and 19 percent favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.
Among non-evangelicals, only 29 percent oppose allowing same-sex marriages, and 55 percent favor allowing them.
TENNESSEE GAS TAX
A majority of Tennesseans opposed raising the state's gas tax to fund better roads and bridges.
Support is highest among well-informed political moderates and liberals, lower among well-informed conservatives, and lowest among the least informed, regardless of political orientation.
The "Tennessee Promise" community college initiative has strong support.
Gov. Bill Haslam's plan, which makes two-year community colleges and technical schools free for recent high school graduates, has been cited as inspiration for a similar proposal at the federal level. Tennessee's program launches with the high school Class of 2015.
Politically, support was significantly stronger among Democrats and independents than among the governor's fellow Republicans.
Ninety percent of Democrats favor the program, as do 82 percent of independents. But a significantly lower 70 percent of Republicans expressed support.
Interviews for the Jan. 25-27 poll were conducted by Issues & Answers Network Inc., which completed 600 telephone surveys among a random sample of Tennessee residents aged 18 and over.
The survey's margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points.