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Voters Want Full Disclosure about Who Owns Keystone Pipeline Oil and Where It’s Headed

SurveyUSA Breaking News - 02/20/14 01:33 PM

SurveyUSA conducted 10 separate, identical, simultaneous polls on the Keystone XL Pipeline, including one nationwide poll and 9 polls in 9 states for NextGen Climate Action. Results of the polls are here:

* USA
* Alabama
* Florida
* Iowa
* Louisiana
* Michigan
* New Hampshire
* North Carolina
* Ohio
* South Carolina

Across geographies, voters are concerned about the possibility that oil flowing through the Keystone XL Pipeline may not remain in America, and worry that foreign oil companies, some with connections to foreign governments, may have a say about where Keystone XL Pipeline oil ultimately ends up. Voters are concerned about who owns the tar sands where the oil originates, are concerned about whether a foreign or domestic entity is responsible for the maintenance of the Pipeline as is crosses American soil, and are concerned about how much of the oil stays in America once it is refined on America’s Gulf Coast. Voters are impatient with Senators who may have been persuaded to vote for the Pipeline by lobbyists with foreign ties. And voters are suspect of a US State Department study which may have had a faulty premise as its underpinning. Just as striking is how these findings cut across party lines. Consensus on key Pipeline policy is shared by liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, the less educated and the more educated, the less affluent and the more affluent.


Cell-phone respondents and home-phone respondents included in these 10 Separate Public Opinion Polls on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
SurveyUSA interviewed a total of 5,500 USA registered voters 02/10/14 through 02/11/14, as follows: 1,000 registered voters from a nationally representative sample and 500 registered voters from each of the following 9 states: Alabama, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Iowa, and New Hampshire. Respondents reachable on a home telephone were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.

Fletcher Emerges as Clear Front Runner in San Diego Special Election to Erase Filner Stain

SurveyUSA Breaking News - 09/24/13 12:26 PM

One month till early voting begins in the special election to replace Bob Filner as Mayor of San Diego, Nathan Fletcher emerges with a strong coalition that puts him atop Kevin Faulconer, who finishes 2nd today, and David Alvarez, who finishes 3rd.

Fletcher gets 30% of the votes in a crowded field, with broad support from middle-aged voters, Democrats, whites and Asians. Fletcher’s coalition includes the most educated and the most affluent. Voters focused on Leadership and Reaching Across Party Aisle pick Fletcher.

Faulconer gets 22% today, backed by Republicans, conservatives, men and seniors. Voters focused on integrity in government pick Faulconer.

David Alvarez gets 17% today. He is backed by Hispanics, young voters, liberals and those with the least formal education.

If no one candidate receives 50% of the votes in the 11/19/13 special election, a runoff will follow. In head-to-head matchups for the hypothetical runoff, SurveyUSA finds:

Fletcher defeats Faulconer 44% to 30%.
Fletcher defeats Alvarez 52% to 24%.
Faulconer and Alvarez effectively tie, 38% Faulconer, 35% Alvarez.

Cell-phones and home-phones are included in this research. SurveyUSA interviewed 800 city of San Diego adults 09/19/13 through 09/23/13. Of the adults, 686 were registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 527 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote on or before the special election. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.

As Filner Starts Rehab, 77% Want Him to Resign; If He Doesn’t, 68% Back a Recall

SurveyUSA Breaking News - 08/05/13 04:24 PM

On the day San Diego Mayor Bob Filner checks himself into a behavioral-therapy clinic, support for Filner reaches a new low, opposition a new high, according to the latest SurveyUSA poll conducted for the U-T San Diego newspaper and KGTV-TV 10 News.

Today, just 16% of San Diegans think Filner should remain in office, compared to 77% who say Filner should resign. If Filner does not resign, 68% say the Mayor should be recalled. The percentage of San Diegans who say the mayor should resign has grown from 59% on 07/12/13 to 69% on 07/24/13 to 77% today. Calls for the mayor’s recall have increased from 60% on 07/26/13 to 68% today.

Despite the city’s disdain for the mayor’s sexcapades, San Diegans are divided over whether groping is the most serious problem facing Filner. Also to be considered are allegations that the mayor extracted concessions from developers in return for approving their projects.

44% say sexual harassment is the more serious allegation.
44% say the financial charges are more serious.

Should the city have sued Filner in an attempt to make him liable for any damages the city may face as a result of the sexual harassment claims? 71% say yes. 15% say no.

Cell-phone and home-phone respondents included in this research. SurveyUSA interviewed 600 city of San Diego adults 08/02/13 through 08/04/13. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (78% of adults) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (22% of adults) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.

4 Candidates in Race for Seattle Mayor Have Credible Storyline To Advance Beyond 08/06/13 Primary; Murray & McGinn on Top

SurveyUSA Breaking News - 07/18/13 03:18 PM

19 days until votes are counted in the Primary for Seattle Mayor, 4 candidates are in double digits, each with a possible path to being one of the “Top Two” finishers, enabling them to advance to a 11/05/13 General Election, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KING-TV. As it stands at this hour, based on interviews with 501 likely primary voters:
Ed Murray is at 22%, with strong support from females, middle-aged voters, liberals and the most affluent.
Incumbent Mike McGinn is at 21%, with disproportionate support from young voters, Hispanics, and the city’s least affluent voters.
Peter Steinbrueck is at 14%, backed by Independents, Moderates, and older voters.
Bruce Harrell is at 11%, backed by seniors and Asian Americans.

Among the larger group of registered voters: 32% today approve of the job that McGinn is doing as Mayor. 39% today say the city is headed in the right direction. 32% approve of the job the Seattle City Council is doing.

An extraordinary 68% of registered voters are “very concerned” about Seattle’s traffic and transportation. Another 27% are “somewhat concerned,” bringing the aggregated concerned percentage to 95%.

58% are very concerned about the city’s public schools.
51% are very concerned about the their safety.
47% are very concerned about the availability of housing in Seattle.
45% are very concerned about the quality of Seattle’s leadership.

Cell-phone and home-phone respondents included in this research. SurveyUSA interviewed 840 city of Seattle adults 07/15/13 through 07/18/13. Of the adults, 730 were registered to vote. Of the registered, 501 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the 08/06/13 Primary. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (88% of likely voters) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device. Early voting begins today, 07/18/13.

Majority in New Jersey Say Undocumented Immigrants Should be Allowed to Stay in the United States

SurveyUSA Operations - 07/03/13 06:40 AM

Days after the United States Senate passed a bill with a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, 54% of Garden State adults say undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in the country, even if only as permanent residents, compared to 39% today who say undocumented immigrants should be deported, or worse, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for NJ News Commons at Montclair State University.

Overall: 42% favor a path to citizenship, another 12% want undocumented immigrants to be able to stay as permanent residents but with no path to citizenship, 34% say undocumented immigrants should be deported, and another 5% say undocumented immigrants should be criminally prosecuted in the United States.

The breakdown somewhat but not entirely follows party and ideological lines:

54% of Democrats favor a path to citizenship, compared to 33% of Republicans.
48% of Hispanics favor a path to citizenship, compared to 36% of African Americans.
Twice as many conservatives as liberals favor deportation or criminal prosecution of the undocumented.
Twice as many conservatives as liberals say immigrants take jobs away from Americans.
Of those born in America, 37% favor deportation. Of those born in another country, 17% favor deportation.

48% in Northern New Jersey support a path to citizenship, more than the 40% in South Jersey and the 37% in Central Jersey who favor a path.

Though the US House of Representatives is likely to fashion its own version of an immigration bill, those NJ residents who know the most about the Senate bill by 5:4 want their member of Congress to vote against it, should the Senate bill come before the House. 51% of those who know “a lot” about the Senate bill want their member of Congress to oppose it; 42% want their member of Congress to support it.

Overwhelmingly, New Jersey residents say businesses should be required to verify that potential employees are in the country legally, and employers who fail to do so should be fined.

Residents are skeptical whether more agents for the US Border Patrol will reduce the number of immigrants who enter the USA illegally. 48% say the number of illegals will go down, but 34% say the number will remain the same.

Residents are more optimistic that better Border Patrol surveillance will help: 64% say technology will cause the number of illegal immigrants to go down, compared to 24% who say the technology will be benign.

Overwhelmingly, NJ says that undocumented immigrants should not be eligible for food stamps, and should not be eligible to receive a college loan. Those born in another country are more likely to support extending such government programs to the undocumented than are those born in America.

Of those who employ a housekeeper, half say their housekeeper is an immigrant. Of those who employ an immigrant housekeeper, an overwhelming majority say their housekeeper is documented.

Of those who employ a lawn care service, 31% say their lawn care person is an immigrant. Of those who employ an immigrant lawn care person, 13% say their lawn person is in the country illegally.

Cell-phone and home-phone respondents included in this research. SurveyUSA interviewed 800 state of NJ adults 06/28/13 through 07/01/13. The research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (77% of adults) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (23% of adults) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.

2 of 3 in California Say Marriage Should Include Same-Sex Couples

SurveyUSA Operations - 06/20/13 07:30 AM

68% of California adults — the highest number in four years of SurveyUSA polling — now say same-sex couples should be able to share in the legal benefits of marriage, according to this latest SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KPIX-TV San Francisco, KABC-TV Los Angeles, KGTV-TV San Diego, and KFSN-TV Fresno. 27% — the lowest number in four years of polling — say the legal benefits of marriage should be restricted only to couples consisting of a man and a woman.

Asked specifically what the Supreme Court of the United States should do in an upcoming ruling that will decide the fate of Proposition 8, 48% say the Court should uphold an appeals court ruling that would mean the end of Proposition 8. 35% say the appeals court ruling should be overturned, which would reinstate Proposition 8.

Support for extending marriage benefits to same-sex couples has ranged from 61% in January 2010 to 68% today. The margin of support was as low as 25 points in January 2010, and is 41 points today. Click here to see detailed tracking data for this question. Click here to view the full results of this poll.

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SurveyUSA Operations - 06/05/13 07:18 AM

Women Drift Away from Greuel, Helping Garcetti Maintain Lead in Los Angeles Mayor Contest; Zine Atop Galperin for Controller

SurveyUSA Operations - 04/12/13 10:35 AM

6 weeks till votes are counted in the election for mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti maintains a single-digit lead over Wendy Greuel, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for KABC-TV. Today it’s Garcetti 49%, Greuel 40%, a slight increase in Garcetti’s favor from an identical SurveyUSA tracking poll released 2 weeks ago, when Garcetti led by 7.

Two weeks ago, Greuel had led by 5 among Los Angeles’ female voters. Today, women have moved slightly to Garcetti, where he leads by 4, a 9-point swing. Men continue to back Garcetti today, as they had 2 weeks ago. Greuel and Garcetti are tied among voters age 50 to 64, but Garcetti leads among younger and older voters. Garcetti leads among whites and Latinos. Greuel leads among blacks and Asians. Early voting begins 04/22/13, in 11 days.

In the contest for City Attorney of Los Angeles, challenger Mike Feuer leads incumbent Carmen Trutanich today 46% to 34%. 2 weeks ago, Feuer had led by 18 points, today by 12. Feuer leads by 20 points among Democrats, by 20 points among affluent voters, and by 25 points among whites.

In the contest for City Controller, Dennis Zine narrowly leads Ron Galperin, 40% to 34%. Zine runs strongest among older voters and among Los Angeles’ few Republicans. Zine also leads among the most-educated and the most affluent voters. Galperin leads among the youngest voters and among liberal voters. Galperin is effectively tied with Zine among Democrats and among the city’s least affluent voters. Zine and Galperin finished effectively even in the 03/05/13 primary.

Cell-phone and home-phone respondents included in this research: SurveyUSA interviewed 1,000 city of Los Angeles adults 04/08/13 through 04/10/13. Of the adults, 840 were registered to vote. Of the registered, 478 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the 05/21/13 runoff. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (82% of likely voters) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (18% of likely voters) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.

Exclusive SurveyUSA Market Research on Pittsburgh TV News Talent, Now Available to Agents and Station Managers

- 04/04/13 07:00 AM

 

SurveyUSA releases for the first time an unprecedented, in-depth look at the TV media landscape in media Market #23, Pittsburgh.

This is not stale, generic, national research pulled out of some book, with limited and dated relevance to the Pittsburgh market. This is 1,568 PDF pages of fresh, local, detailed research on the Pittsburgh media landscape, conducted March 2013, with insight nowhere else found on the Pittsburgh media market and the talent that drives it.

Which of the following stations has the best local newscast, and which has the worst?

  • KDKA, channel 2, the CBS affiliate, where Anne Linaberger is News Director
  • WTAE, channel 4, the ABC affiliate, where Justin Antoniotti is News Director
  • WPXI, channel 11, the NBC affiliate, where Mike Oliveira is News Director

And:

  • Which station has the best sports?
  • Which has the best weather?
  • Which has the best website?
  • Which is the most accurate?
  • Which gives you both sides of the story?

SurveyUSA has the answers.

Proud to be America’s Pollster®, SurveyUSA interviewed 1,000 Pittsburgh DMA adults, including 662 respondents who watch local TV news almost every day. SurveyUSA talked to those viewers, as well as to those people who told us they don’t watch local news regularly. More than 200 actualities are available for you to listen to and analyze. These real-time focus groups would cost many thousands of dollars to put together if you were to try to do it yourself.  SurveyUSA has done it for you. Here are just a few samples:

You can listen to SurveyUSA’s exclusive real-time focus groups by following the instructions below; More than 200 sound-bites have been edited into two reels.

The first reel is from people who watch Pittsburgh local news “almost every day.” We asked them what they liked and disliked, and they told us.  We have 33 minutes of actualities, queued and ready.

The second reel is from people in the Pittsburgh DMA who do not watch local TV news. We asked them why not? They told us. We have 11 minutes of actualities queued and ready.

We are pleased to make these quantitative and qualitative research findings available to the stakeholders most affected by it:

  • General Managers
  • News Directors
  • Anchors
  • On-Air Reporters
  • Talent Agents
  • Group Heads
  • Research Directors
  • Promotion Directors
  • Program Directors
  • Advertisers

Whether you’re a news director worried about slipping ratings, an agent trying to shop a client, an anchor trying to figure out if it’s time to jump to a PR gig, an advertiser wondering which station is really the best place to spend your dollars, or just an interested news junkie, there’s something here for you.

51 pointed questions, with fully crosstabbed results, giving you fascinating insights:

  • All 4 of Pittsburgh’s highest-rated on-air talents all work for the same station.
  • Among 25-54 year olds, two anchors tie for the highest rating … but they work for different stations.
  • The station with the best newscast does not have the best website.
  • One station is twice as popular among African American news viewers as it is among white news viewers.
  • The anchor given the highest rating by African Americans is tied for 7th among whites.
  • 57% of those who watch local news nearly every day say there isn’t enough coverage of their local area.
  • By margins of 3:2, viewers of two Pittsburgh stations say the stories covered on local TV news mostly don’t affect them. Viewers of the third station say, by a slim 51% – 46% majority, that the stories covered on local TV news mostly do affect them.

Every major on-air talent in the Pittsburgh media market is analyzed. Not only is each talent rated relative to his/her competitors, but the ratings for each talent are broken down by:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Race
  • Education
  • Income

A complete, in-depth comparison of the relative strengths and weaknesses of 26 of the Pittsburgh market’s most celebrated news personalities:

  • Jennifer Abney
  • Jennifer Antkowiak
  • Joe Arena
  • Wendy Bell
  • Kevin Benson
  • Dennis Bowman
  • Darieth Chisolm
  • Mike Clark
  • Stephen Cropper
  • Rick Dayton
  • Peggy Finnegan
  • Kelly Frey
  • Janelle Hall
  • Mike Harvey
  • Demetrius Ivory
  • David Johnson
  • Susan Koeppen
  • Alby Oxenreiter
  • Bob Pompeani
  • Ken Rice
  • Stacy Smith
  • Kristine Sorensen
  • Andrew Stockey
  • Jeff Verszyla
  • Sally Wiggin
  • Michelle Wright

Your viewers rank these on-air talents from best to worst. These rankings should be especially important to CBS General Manager Chris Pike, Hearst General Manager Michael Hayes, and Cox General Manager Ray Carter.

Why trust SurveyUSA?

For 20 years, SurveyUSA has worked with local TV stations to improve their newscasts, and to help make their branding, positioning, and talent better. SurveyUSA’s entire focus is local. We understand local media markets like no other research company.

You have 2 ways to access these exclusive SurveyUSA research results

To see just the high-level results of this survey and access the answers to every question asked, click here.

Or:

To see all of the results, including the complete interactive crosstabs, which, if printed, will be 1,568 PDF pages, and to be able to listen to more than 200 actualities from Pittsburgh local news viewers and non-viewers, follow these instructions:.

In Mayor of Los Angeles Runoff, Garcetti Has Advantage over Greuel, 4 Weeks Till Early Voting Begins

SurveyUSA Operations - 03/28/13 11:53 AM

In a runoff election today for Mayor of Los Angeles, among the top 2 finishers in the 03/05/13 primary, Eric Garcetti leads Wendy Greuel 47% to 40%, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KABC-TV.

There is a 23-point Gender Gap: Garcetti leads among men by 18 points. Greuel leads among women by 5 points. Garcetti leads among both whites and Latinos.

Garcetti’s coalition is broad: he leads, though in single digits, among Democrats, Independents and Republicans. He leads, though in single digits, among those with no college education, those with some college education and those with a 4-year college degree. He leads by double-digits among the least affluent. Garcetti edged Greuel by 4 points in the primary.

In the runoff for City Attorney of Los Angeles, challenger Mike Feuer builds upon his impressive 14-point primary win and today leads incumbent Carmen Trutanich in the runoff 49% to 31%. Feuer leads among young and old, male and female, white, black, Latino and Asian. Trutanich does best among the city’s least affluent voters, where he draws within 1 point of Feuer, but otherwise Feuer dominates.

Cell-phone and home-phone respondents included in this research: SurveyUSA interviewed 1,000 adults from the city of Los Angeles 03/23/13 through 03/26/13. Of the adults, 836 were registered to vote. Of the registered, 523 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote on or before the 05/21/13 runoff. Early voting begins 04/22/13. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (77% of likely voters) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (23% of likely voters) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.

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