The Third Annual Idaho Public Policy Survey was conducted December 2-7, 2017 and surveyed 1000 adults currently living in the state of Idaho. The survey sample was designed to be representative of all regions of the state. The results illuminate new and ongoing public priorities as well as sentiment about the direction of the state and its economy. Respondents were asked about their attitudes concerning several key policy issues, including taxes, health care, education, and workforce development. GS Strategy Group, a Boise-based polling firm, administered the survey on behalf of the School of Public Service. Statewide results have a margin of error of +/- 3.1%.
“Although education and the economy continue to top the list of public priorities, concern about both health care and taxes is growing. The results of this year’s survey provide strong support for action on an affordable Idaho plan for health insurance, while also underscoring the importance of raising awareness about career training opportunities.” – Justin Vaughn, Report Author
“The School of Public Service was created in 2015 to prepare students for lives and careers of ethical effective public service and to serve as an objective and unbiased resource for decision makers throughout Idaho. We think that rigorous public opinion research can be a useful tool for discerning the policy preferences and priorities.” – Corey Cook, Dean of the School of Public Service
The Second Annual Idaho Public Policy Survey was conducted December 3-8, 2016 and surveyed 1000 adults currently living in the state of Idaho. Respondents were asked about their attitudes concerning several key policy issues, including significant focus on revenue and spending, transportation, education, refugees, and energy and climate change. The survey sample was designed to be representative of all regions of the state and was administered on behalf of the School of Public Service by GS Strategy Group, a Boise-based polling firm.
The School of Public Service at Boise State University resumed a polling tradition in Idaho with the 2016 Idaho Public Policy Survey. The annual survey, conducted in January, asks a statistically significant sample of Idaho adults about public policy issues of interest to researchers, the media and the public.
Topics surveyed include education, the economy, general satisfaction, the environment, immigration and transportation.
Boise State conducted a prior public policy survey from 1990 through 2011, now archived at Boise State’s Albertsons Library. Because of changes in methodology and sample sizes, the new survey can’t be used in direct comparison with the university’s previous findings, however similar questions were asked in the past about key priorities and the direction of the state.
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