Posted: May 9, 2003
The Delaware Barometer is a
statewide public opinion survey designed to serve as a reliable and
consistent source of timely information for the Delaware
decision-making community. This unique public opinion survey will
be conducted on a yearly basis and is designed to measure the
attitudes of Delawareans concerning key public policy issues and the
social, economic and business environment.
The survey was designed by
the Rodney Group and conducted on its behalf by Voter Consumer
Research (VCR), a nationally recognized polling firm. VCR has
extensive experience polling in the state of Delaware. Among their
clients are: Microsoft, President George W. Bush, the American Red
Cross and Anheuser-Busch.
The Rodney Group, a Delaware
consulting firm featuring several seasoned political and
governmental veterans, focuses on providing strategic leadership
solutions to political, business and non-profit leaders and
organizations. For more information on the Delaware Barometer or
the Rodney Group, please contact Bob Chadwick at (302) 345-7238.
400 Registered Voters
Contacted Statewide – April 8-10, 2003
Additional 50 surveys
conducted in both Kent and Sussex Counties.
Margin of Error: +/- 4.9%
Voters in Delaware are
slightly more optimistic about their personal economic future than
voters nationally. However, only 36% feel their economic
situation will be better a year from now.
73% of voters feel the
taxation level in Delaware is “About Right.”
A majority of Delaware Voters
(65%) approve of the job state government is doing, however only
13% “Strongly Approve.”
Education is the leading
issue of concern for voters in New Castle and Kent Counties.
Health Care is the leading issue of concern in Sussex County.
Environmental Protection is a major issue in New Castle County
Delaware Voters give mildly
positive ratings to schools: 11% Excellent and 41% Good. However
the age bracket of voters with school age children are very
critical of their neighborhood public schools. 54% of females
under the age of 45 rate schools as “only fair” or “poor.”
53% of voters feel the rate
of growth in Delaware is too high. 65% of voters in Sussex feel
it is too high.
Only 37% of voters agree with
a complete ban on smoking in bars, taverns and horse tracks.
62% of voters favor medical
malpractice legal reform.
75% of voters feel casinos at
horse tracks are good for Delaware.
77% of voters favor mandatory
bottle and can recycling.
Voters are split in allowing
Sunday liquor sales with 49% favoring and 48% opposing.
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