Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #18082
 
Interviews conducted 03/25/11 through 03/29/11, using a methodology that included respondents who do not have a home telephone in addition to respondents who do have a home telephone.
 
1What do you think is the best way to balance the state's $5 billion budget deficit? Mostly through spending cuts? Mostly through tax increases? Or through an even split of spending cuts and tax increases?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyCollege GradIncomeType Of InterviewRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNo< $50K> $50KCell PhoCell PhoCell PhoLandlineTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Spending Cuts42%43%42%39%48%44%36%44%40%44%******67%26%35%67%31%14%43%42%40%49%36%34%**45%42%43%47%39%
Tax Increases11%12%10%13%12%10%8%12%9%10%******6%22%6%8%12%21%11%11%9%9%18%10%**10%13%7%13%7%
Even Split41%39%42%37%38%43%51%37%46%40%******22%46%53%19%54%58%41%41%47%39%31%53%**41%40%42%38%44%
Not Sure6%6%6%11%2%4%4%7%4%5%******4%6%6%6%4%7%5%6%5%3%14%3%**4%5%8%2%9%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%32%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%30%31%30%37%41%14%45%55%36%64%16%10%3%71%55%14%17%14%
 
 
2Do you support or do you oppose a plan to create "racinos," by putting slot machines at two Minnesota horse racing tracks, to raise money for a "job creation" fund?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyCollege GradIncomeType Of InterviewRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNo< $50K> $50KCell PhoCell PhoCell PhoLandlineTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Support65%64%66%69%65%65%57%67%61%68%******63%70%65%60%69%65%60%69%67%65%69%60%**66%66%67%63%60%
Oppose28%32%24%20%29%30%38%25%34%26%******34%20%28%37%22%23%33%24%27%28%21%36%**28%25%31%33%30%
Not Sure7%5%9%11%6%5%5%9%5%6%******3%10%7%3%9%12%7%7%6%6%10%4%**6%9%2%5%10%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%32%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%30%31%30%37%41%14%45%55%36%64%16%10%3%71%55%14%17%14%
 
 
3Should the Minnesota Legislature come up with a financing plan to build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, if no money from the state's general fund is involved?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyCollege GradIncomeType Of InterviewRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNo< $50K> $50KCell PhoCell PhoCell PhoLandlineTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Yes57%58%56%58%56%57%58%57%57%58%******52%62%54%54%61%63%55%60%58%56%61%67%**56%57%59%65%45%
No35%37%33%37%34%37%31%36%34%34%******38%30%42%39%32%30%37%33%33%35%33%33%**35%35%30%32%44%
Not Sure8%5%10%5%10%7%12%7%9%8%******10%8%4%7%6%7%8%7%9%10%6%1%**10%8%11%3%12%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%32%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%30%31%30%37%41%14%45%55%36%64%16%10%3%71%55%14%17%14%
 
 
4If there is a Vikings stadium financing plan, what would be the best way to pay for it? With racino money? With a local county sales tax? With taxes on sports memorabilia, tickets, and alcohol? Or by having the Vikings pay for most of it?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyCollege GradIncomeType Of InterviewRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNo< $50K> $50KCell PhoCell PhoCell PhoLandlineTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Racino Money17%17%17%18%19%17%11%18%15%17%******18%22%13%14%22%11%15%19%24%20%4%9%**21%15%17%28%10%
County Sales Tax3%4%2%5%2%3%2%3%3%3%******4%4%1%2%4%2%2%4%2%1%8%8%**1%3%0%7%0%
Taxes On Sports, Tickets, Alcohol21%19%24%16%24%19%30%20%24%21%******18%23%21%19%23%23%17%24%24%22%22%11%**23%20%24%19%28%
Having Vikings Pay56%57%54%57%53%59%55%55%57%56%******58%49%63%59%50%63%61%51%49%53%64%63%**52%57%58%46%60%
Not Sure3%4%3%5%3%2%2%4%2%2%******2%1%1%5%2%1%5%2%2%3%2%10%**3%5%2%0%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%32%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%30%31%30%37%41%14%45%55%36%64%16%10%3%71%55%14%17%14%
 
 
5Would you support or would you oppose a constitutional amendment making Minnesota a "right to work" state, which means all workers in companies with a union would have the option of joining or not joining that union?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyCollege GradIncomeType Of InterviewRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNo< $50K> $50KCell PhoCell PhoCell PhoLandlineTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Support63%61%64%62%65%61%63%64%62%61%******65%56%63%67%58%63%64%63%56%63%71%67%**60%64%71%58%58%
Oppose27%34%20%31%23%30%20%27%26%27%******24%33%28%22%33%26%27%26%29%29%22%24%**28%26%17%32%31%
Not Sure10%5%16%6%12%9%18%9%13%11%******11%11%9%11%9%11%9%11%15%9%7%10%**11%10%12%10%11%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%32%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%30%31%30%37%41%14%45%55%36%64%16%10%3%71%55%14%17%14%
 
 
6Would you support or would you oppose a constitutional amendment defining marriage in Minnesota as the union of one man and one woman?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyCollege GradIncomeType Of InterviewRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNo< $50K> $50KCell PhoCell PhoCell PhoLandlineTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Support62%67%58%60%60%63%69%60%66%62%******76%49%63%87%53%28%53%70%71%58%55%62%**63%57%65%74%66%
Oppose33%29%36%33%34%35%26%34%31%33%******19%47%34%7%43%70%43%25%23%37%41%38%**31%37%28%25%31%
Not Sure5%4%6%6%6%2%5%6%3%6%******5%4%4%5%4%1%5%5%6%6%4%0%**6%7%7%0%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%32%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%30%31%30%37%41%14%45%55%36%64%16%10%3%71%55%14%17%14%
 
 
7Have you been following the debate over public employee unions in Wisconsin?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyCollege GradIncomeType Of InterviewRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.2%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNo< $50K> $50KCell PhoCell PhoCell PhoLandlineTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Yes66%70%63%51%65%83%78%58%81%70%******66%70%72%65%72%65%73%61%69%73%53%58%**71%69%61%66%61%
No29%27%31%47%27%15%16%37%16%26%******30%26%25%31%24%31%23%34%24%21%47%42%**22%24%35%34%36%
Not Sure5%3%6%2%8%2%6%5%4%4%******4%4%2%4%4%4%4%5%7%6%0%0%**6%6%5%0%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%32%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%30%31%30%37%41%14%45%55%36%64%16%10%3%71%55%14%17%14%
 
 
8 Do you agree? Or disagree? With the changes to public employee unions that have become law in Wisconsin?
332 Following DebateAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyCollege GradIncomeType Of InterviewRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNo< $50K> $50KCell PhoCell PhoCell PhoLandlineTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Agree42%50%34%32%51%45%36%43%41%43%******75%8%49%68%34%12%47%37%33%50%30%45%**44%47%44%29%36%
Disagree51%46%56%66%39%50%52%51%51%50%******18%87%43%25%59%88%47%55%59%42%67%49%**48%47%40%66%58%
Not Sure7%4%10%2%10%5%11%7%8%7%******8%4%9%8%7%0%6%8%7%8%3%6%**8%6%16%6%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Following Debate100%52%48%24%31%26%19%55%45%95%2%2%1%30%33%32%36%44%14%50%50%35%65%13%8%2%76%58%12%17%13%
 
 
9Should public employee union laws similar to Wisconsin's become law in Minnesota?
332 Following DebateAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyCollege GradIncomeType Of InterviewRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNo< $50K> $50KCell PhoCell PhoCell PhoLandlineTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Yes38%46%30%29%48%42%29%40%36%39%******75%5%43%66%29%10%43%33%27%45%34%45%**38%44%43%23%28%
No55%50%60%69%42%54%60%53%57%54%******17%91%49%25%67%88%50%60%64%48%66%49%**54%51%44%70%63%
Not Sure7%4%10%2%11%4%11%7%7%7%******8%4%9%10%5%2%7%7%9%7%0%6%**8%5%14%7%9%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Following Debate100%52%48%24%31%26%19%55%45%95%2%2%1%30%33%32%36%44%14%50%50%35%65%13%8%2%76%58%12%17%13%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.