Minnesota Senate at the State Fair
Come see us at the Fair! Take our opinion poll, ask questions about the legislative process, give us ideas of laws you want changed or better yet: talk to a State Senator about your ideas! Who will be at our booth? Check the schedule below. Check back after the fair to see the results of the poll displayed here.
What: MN Senate State Fair Booth
When: August 24, 2017 to Labor Day, September 4, 2017
Where: Education building (north of Dan Patch on Cosgrove St. In the building we are on the east wall) Click here for a building map
2017 State Fair Opinion Poll Results:
2017 State Fair Opinion Poll
Minnesota State Senate
September 5, 2017
All Senators, staff and interested citizens:
We would like to thank everyone who stopped by the Senate’s booth this year at the Minnesota State Fair. Many visitors had a chance to talk with one of the 39 Senators that spent time at the booth. Thirty-three Senate staff members also were on hand to answer questions from fair-goers.
More than 5,300 people took our annual State Fair opinion poll survey. The poll, which was offered exclusively at our booth in the Education Building, aimed to familiarize fair-goers with a sampling of issues that are currently being discussed at the Capitol. See below for the results of all 12 of the poll questions.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Senate Information Office
Minnesota State Senate
2017 State Fair Poll
Respondents should be of voting age.
Please mark one answer per question.
5310 TOTAL RESPONDENTS
Minneapolis/St. Paul 36.97% (1939)
Rural 12.93% (678)
Suburban 44.33% (2325)
Regional hub of at least 40,000 people (Rochester,
Duluth, St. Cloud, Mankato, Moorhead) 3.93% (206)
Another state 1.49% (78)
No Answer 0.36% (19)
Male 46.56% (2446)
Female 51.58% (2710)
No Answer 1.87% (98)
18-24 6.98% (366)
25-34 12.03% (631)
35-49 16.68% (875)
50-64 32.63% (1712)
65 and older 29.58% (1552)
No Answer 2.12% (111)
1. Overall, do you have a favorable, unfavorable or neutral opinion of the outcomes from the 2017 Minnesota legislative session?
A) Favorable 12.99% (678)
B) Unfavorable 48.73% (2544)
C) Neutral 28.85% (1506)
D) Undecided/No opinion 9.44% (493)
2. Should state law requiring immunizations for children enrolled in public schools and child care facilities be changed to eliminate the current exemption for personal or religious beliefs?
A) Yes, the exemption for personal or religious beliefs should be eliminated
B) No, the existing exemptions from immunizations should stay the same
C) Undecided/No opinion 6.26% (327)
3. To measure student achievement, federal law requires school districts and charter schools to have 95 percent participation in statewide assessments in math, reading and science. The consequences for failing to meet this standard are decided by each state. In Minnesota, parents are able to opt their children out of taking the assessments. Should school districts or charter schools be penalized when less than 95 percent of students participate in the required statewide assessments?
A) Yes 33.09% (1725)
B) No penalty 49.07% (2558)
C) Undecided/No opinion 17.84% (930)
4. Should state lawmakers expand the sale of fireworks in Minnesota to include the sorts of aerial and audible fireworks that are available in neighboring states?
A) Yes 25.25% (1320)
B) Yes, but local governments should be able to enact ordinances that restrict fireworks
C) No 48.94% (2558)
D) Undecided/No opinion 4.36% (228)
5. What is the best use of state dollars to meet future workforce needs in Minnesota?
A) Increase spending for high-school and dual-enrollment career and technical education.
B) Provide full or partial scholarships for high school graduates pursuing an associate’s degree or professional certificate
C) Provide incentives to private employers that offer apprenticeships
D) Other 7.19% (373)
E) Undecided/No opinion 6.90% (358)
6. State lawmakers have asked the Minnesota Department of Transportation to prepare a report about strategies to reduce congestion and raise revenue that includes toll roads. Do you support the use of toll roads?
A) Yes 21.65% (1131)
B) No 71.28% (3723)
C) Undecided/No opinion 7.06% (369)
7. Should Minnesota law be amended to provide a special tax credit to individuals and businesses for their donations to nonprofit organizations that provide scholarships to low-income students to attend K-12 private schools?
A) Yes 40.40% (2092)
B) No 49.40% (2558)
C) Undecided/No opinion 10.20% (528)
8. An angler in Minnesota is not allowed to fish with more than one line in open water. Should anglers be allowed to fish with two lines in open water?
A) Yes 15.81% (823)
B)Yes, but not during catch-and-release seasons 11.62% (605)
C) No 53.69% (2795)
D) Undecided/No opinion 18.88% (983)
9. Lawmakers this year passed a one-year moratorium on enforcement of a permit that landowners would otherwise be required to obtain to mow or bale hay in ditches along state trunk highways. What is your primary concern about mowing ditches in rural areas?
A) Protecting habitat for pollinators and nesting birds 57.91% (3005)
B) Providing a source of feed for livestock 12.08% (627)
C) Other 4.30% (223)
D) Undecided/No opinion 25.71% (1334)
10. Do you support amending the Minnesota Constitution to dedicate money for specific programs or purposes?
A) No, legislators are elected to make those decisions 50.99% (2640)
B) Yes, voters should be able to decide when funds should be dedicated to certain programs and purposes
C) Yes, but bills that propose to change the Constitution should have the support of at least two-thirds of the Legislature to get on the ballot
D) Undecided/No opinion 9.23% (478)
11. In 2017, Minnesota lawmakers passed a law that provided $327 million on a one-time basis to provide assistance to Minnesotans facing high premiums in the individual health insurance market. Should Minnesota continue to provide funding to help lower individual health insurance plan premiums?
A) Yes, continue to provide subsidies 46.83% (2425)
B) Yes, continue to provide subsidies, but with income limitations
C) No 17.44% (903)
D) Undecided/No opinion 4.35% (225)
12. Should the state’s current law on the use of force to defend against intruders in one’s own home be expanded?
A) Yes, but only inside the home 8.62% (448)
B) Yes, including the home, garage and outbuildings 15.02% (781)
C) Yes, anywhere on the property, including the yard 24.46% (1,272)
D) No, the current laws are adequate 43.94% (2285)
E) Undecided/No opinion 7.96% (414)
Updated: Sept 5, 2017
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