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MPR Poll: The state workers' strike
October 15, 2001

Question:Do you feel that state government workers have (had) valid reasons for being on strike?

Option State Men Women
Yes 37% 36% 38%
No 37% 38% 36%
Not Sure 26% 26% 26%

Question: State workers say that the state's latest offer on wages and benefits is inadequate and the state can afford to pay more. Gov. Ventura says the state's latest offer on wages and benefits is fair and that the state can't afford to pay more. Whose position do you most support, that of state workers or that of Gov. Ventura?

Option State Men Women
Workers 31% 27% 35%
Ventura 50% 56% 44%
Not Sure 19% 17% 21%

Question: How would you rate Jesse Ventura's performance managing the negotiations with the unions and the continuation of state operations since the strike?

Option State Men Women
Excellent 8% 5% 11%
Good 28% 29% 27%
Fair 25% 31% 19%
Poor 23% 21% 25%
Undecided 16% 14% 18%

Question: Gov. Ventura has told state workers that the recent sales-tax rebate that they received should be considered a pay raise. Do you consider the recent sales-tax rebate that you received as a salary increase from your employer?

Option State Men Women
Yes 11% 12% 10%
No 84% 85% 83%
Not Sure 5% 3% 7%
Poor 23% 21% 25%
Undecided 16% 14% 18%

The MPR poll was conducted October 11-12, 2001 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. A total of 625 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 310 (50%)
Women 315 (50%)

Region Interviews
Minneapolis/St. Paul 350 interviews
Rochester/Southeast 71 interviews
Southwest Minnesota 64 interviews
Northwest Minnesota 68 interviews
Duluth/Northeast 72 interviews

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