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Legislature Poll - March 7, 2000
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QUESTION : In general, how would you rate the performance of the Minnesota State Legislature: excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?

Option State Men Women
Excellent 2% 1% 3%
Good 51% 52% 50%
Fair 38% 39% 38%
Poor 4% 6% 3%
Undecided 4% 2% 6%

QUESTION: Minnesota lawmakers are trying to decide what to do with a large budget surplus. Which of the following three choices is your top priority? (Order rotated)

Option Results
A one-time rebate to taxpayers 15%
Permanent tax cuts that would remain in effect 51%
Spending on state projects such as education, transportation and law enforcment 32%
Other/Don't Know 2%

QUESTION: Would you favor or oppose changing the organization of Minnesota's state legislature from a "bi-cameral" legislature to a "unicameral" legislature - that is, having only one house of elected representatives instead of two houses?

Option State Men Women
Favor 35% 37% 34%
Oppose 42% 39% 44%
Undecided 23% 24% 22%

QUESTION: What do you consider the most important issue facing Minnesota today? (Order rotated)

Option Results
Education 33%
Taxes/Government spending 19%
Health Care 10%
Economy 9%
Crime/Drugs 8%
Roads/Transportation 6%
Moral issues 5%
Social issues 3%
Environment/Sprawl 1%
Other/Don't know 6%

The MPR poll was conducted February 25 - 28, 2000 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. A total of 641 registered Minnesota voters were interviewed by telephone. All stated they regularly vote in state elections.

Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges were utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turn-out by county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a regional or gender grouping.

Sample Figures:
Men 307 (48%)
Women 334 (52%)

Region Interviews
Minneapolis/St. Paul 359 interviews
Rochester/Southeast 73 interviews
Southwest Minnesota 65 interviews
Northwest Minnesota 70 interviews
Duluth/Northeast 74 interviews

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