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Latest Winthrop ETV Poll Results on Economy, Government, Global Warming and Taxes
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The results of the latest
Feb. 2 and Feb. 17, 2008
(note: no calling was done on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3) are in. This poll surveyed South Carolinians on issues of importance to them as well as ascertained their impressions of how the federal government and the Bush administration are handling the war in Iraq and other front-burner issues.
The results were released
ETV's "The Big Picture"
was conducted among
randomly sampled South Carolinians over the age of 18. It has a margin of error of
plus/minus 3.65 percent
Commenting on the results,
Dr. Scott Huffmon
, director of the
initiative, said, "The poll results show that the general public wants
to see troop reductions in Iraq
. South Carolina is a bellwether state, and if SC conservatives are saying that is what they want to see, candidates need to pay attention, and realize this sentiment needs to be addressed.
In terms of the economy
, there may be a bit of a disconnect as to how South Carolinians feel. They are seeing economic problems more in national terms than as a statewide issue. Given the high unemployment numbers in SC, and the fact that most economists believe we are in a recession, there might be a little bit of denial involved here, especially given the large number of South Carolinians who say they believe their jobs are secure.
As far as a gasoline-tax increase
is concerned, while opposition to it is a reflection of a general anti-tax sentiment in the state, what also could be at play is a response to the incredibly high price of gasoline. If we were seeing cheap oil, people would remember the bridge collapse in Minnesota and be willing to absorb a small increase in the gasoline tax to improve our infrastructure."
Among the Winthrop/ETV Poll findings
of respondents characterized their
current financial situation
as either excellent or good, with 50 percent saying their financial circumstances as a whole are getting better. This despite the fact that almost
said that overall,
economic conditions in the country are getting worse.
of those who were polled said that they can trust the
to do what is right some of the time, most of the time, or just about always. On the
of respondents said they could trust state government to do what is right some of the time, most of the time, or just about always. And on the
said that they can trust their local government to do what is right some of the time, most of the time, or just about always.
oppose a small increase in the gasoline tax
for the purpose of improving
South Carolina’s roadways
repairing old bridges
• When asked if the
should be increased
, and, if so, how should the resulting money be spent, almost
27 percent said there should be no increase whatsoever
, while almost
52 percent of those who favored it
, targeted offsetting
as how the additional money should be spent.
of respondents said that
is mostly the result of natural causes, with almost
saying the effects of global warming are being exaggerated, or aren’t even real. Still, over
federal government needs to take immediate action to combat global warming.
Among the additional findings
of South Carolinians felt that the
current criminal penalties
domestic abuse and driving under the influence of alcohol
of those polled said they did not know enough about the issue of
to either support or oppose them.
gradually reduce all troop levels
with the eventual goal of complete withdrawal.
• The issue of
remains complex for South Carolinians. While over
believe a woman should be able to obtain a legal abortion in certain circumstances, almost
of respondents said abortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
of the respondents disapprove of the way
George W. Bush
is doing his job as
handling of the war in Iraq
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