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2011 Survey Results

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
1. What is the most important issue Minnesota faces? 41% Budget shortfall 12% Tax increases 11% Health care reform 5% Education reform 18% Job creation 13% Business climate 2. What should state government do to help people return to work? 22% Borrow money to fund construction projects 78% Reduce business taxes to encourage entrepreneurs to create new jobs 3. Minnesota’s revenue is expected to rise by 9% in the upcoming budget cycle, but state spending is projected to rise by nearly 29% in the same period, leaving us with a $5 billion shortfall. What is the best way for Minnesota to balance the budget? 76% Cut spending and government programs 24% Raise taxes 4. Do you support limiting state spending to actual revenue in order to prevent future deficits? 86% Yes 14% No 5. Should Minnesota require voters to present photo ID at the polls? 76% Yes 24% No 6. What do you consider most important? 17% Government-run health care 83% Freedom to choose doctors and clinics 7. Should the state assist in funding the construction of a new Vikings stadium? 28% Yes 72% No 8. If you answered “Yes” in the previous question, what funding option do you favor most? 6% Statewide sales tax 5% Local sales tax 45% User tax applied specifically to goods and services purchased by football fans 34% Use proceeds from racino gambling 10% Transfer Minneapolis Convention Center tax revenue once that facility debt is paid 9. Should Minnesota consider nuclear power as an option for meeting future energy needs? 62% Yes 38% No
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