Boise State Public Policy Survey: Idahoans Remain Concerned Over Education, Jobs 

click to enlarge KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes


A new public policy survey from the Boise State School of Public Service confirms that education should be at or near the top of the priority list for the Idaho Legislature.

According to the survey, which is the first published by the school in five years, 57.5 percent of respondents said education should either be the first or second priority for Idaho lawmakers. Next, 55.4 percent listed the economy and/or jobs as among the other most pressing issues.

The survey, conducted under the leadership of Boise State School of Public Service Dean Corey Cook, was conducted Jan. 11-15 and gathered responses from 1,000 adults. Approximately 39 percent identified themselves as Republicans, about 36 percent identified themselves as independents and just over 17 percent identified themselves as Democrats.

“We went with the large survey because we wanted to make sure we had really good information about the population subgroups,” Cook wrote in a press statement.
 
Among the other findings: 
  • 45.2 percent said they believed the state budget should stay about the same
  • 35.4 percent said they believed the state budget should be increased
  • 9.4 percent said they believed the state budget should be decreased.
  • 66.9 percent said they believed the current tax rate "is about right."
  • 21.3 percent said they believed the current tax rate is too high.
  • 9.5 percent said they believed that the current tax is too low.
Cook said the School of Pubic Service hopes to resuming publishing similar polls each year—a service the university provided from 1990 to 2011.
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