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State Fair Poll Gives Minnesotans A Chance To Give Their Opinion

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FALCON HEIGHTS – Fairgoers had a chance to take the House of Representatives State Fair Poll again this year.  A record 12,549 people took the poll.

Here are the full results from the unscientific poll. All percentages are rounded to the nearest one-tenth. Totals are for those that actually voted on the question:

1. If the governor and legislators cannot agree on a state budget for an upcoming biennium, should the current level of funding remain in effect to prevent a state government shutdown?
Yes………………………………….. 69.2%……….. (8,627)
No…………………………………… 25.2%……….. (3,137)
Undecided/No Opinion……….. 5.6%……………. (703)

2. Should the state constitution be amended to define marriage as only a union of one man and one woman? This question will be on the November 2012 ballot.
Yes………………………………….. 29.8%……….. (3,743)
No…………………………………… 66.5%……….. (8,345)
Undecided/No Opinion……….. 3.7%……………. (461)

3. Should the states sales tax be expanded to include clothing purchases?
Yes………………………………….. 30.8%……….. (3,856)
No…………………………………… 62.3%……….. (7,794)
Undecided/No Opinion……….. 6.9%……………. (862)

4. Anglers can now ice fish with two lines. Should they also be allowed to use two lines on open water during warmer months?
Yes………………………………….. 29.6%……….. (3,696)
No…………………………………… 45.8%……….. (5,720)
Undecided/No Opinion……….. 24.7%……….. (3,083)

5. Should students be required to stay in school through age 18 or graduation, whichever comes first?
Yes………………………………….. 65.1%……….. (8,131)
No…………………………………… 26.8%……….. (3,352)
Undecided/No Opinion……….. 8.1%…………. (1,012)

6. Local governments currently must get special legislation to impose a sales tax. Should they be permitted to impose the tax without legislative authorization?
Yes………………………………….. 25.5%……….. (3,186)
No…………………………………… 67.6%……….. (8,435)
Undecided/No Opinion……….. 6.9%……………. (864)

7. Only the governor can call the Legislature into special session, but he or she cannot limit the agenda. Should the state constitution be changed so the Legislature can call itself into special session?
Yes………………………………….. 25.4%……….. (3,173)
No…………………………………… 64.2%……….. (8,003)
Undecided/No Opinion……….. 10.4%……….. (1,295)

8. Should voters be required to show a current, government-issued picture ID before casting their ballot?
Yes………………………………….. 50.8%……….. (6,361)
No…………………………………… 46.4%……….. (5,805)
Undecided/No Opinion……….. 2.8%……………. (352)

9. Should the state allow for an expansion of gambling to provide additional revenue for the state?
Yes………………………………….. 51.6%……….. (6,455)
No…………………………………… 40.1%……….. (5,008)
Undecided/No Opinion……….. 8.3%…………. (1,035)

10. Do you support publicly funded preschool for all children?
Yes………………………………….. 62.5%……….. (7,813)
No…………………………………… 31.3%……….. (3,910)
Undecided/No Opinion……….. 6.2%……………. (769)

11. It is currently illegal to text message while driving. Should it also be illegal to use a cellular phone, except in emergency situations?
Yes………………………………….. 62.3%……….. (7,790)
No…………………………………… 32.5%……….. (4,068)
Undecided/No Opinion……….. 5.2%……………. (652)

12. Would you support a right-to-work law, meaning workers are not required to join a union or pay union dues as a condition of employment?
Yes………………………………….. 54.2%……….. (6,770)
No…………………………………… 36.8%……….. (4,597)
Undecided/No Opinion……….. 9.0%…………. (1,121)

13. Do you know who your state representative is?
Yes………………………………….. 88.2%……… (11,026)
No…………………………………… 10.8%……….. (1,354)
Undecided/No Opinion……….. 0.9%……………. (116)

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