Report on Issues before the WA State Legislature - Part One
Monday, January 9, 2017 - 11:02 Ken Mortland
Regardless of level of education or income, the #1 issue is education. As examples, 41% of those with a high school education and 56% of those with graduate degrees stated that education was #1, while 36% of those with incomes under $50,000 and 55% of those with incomes over $100,000 stated that education was #1.
Ranking by Party Identification (Democrats, Republicans, & Independents) produced nearly similar results. For Democrats (47%) and Independents (51%), education was #1. For Republicans (33%), education was #2 and Taxes (34%) was #1. It is worth noting that there’s only 1% difference between those two. For Democrats, #2 was Economy (19%) and for Independents, #2 was Transportation (19%). It is worth noting that there’s a significant drop from #1 to #2 in each of those categories.
In an effort to give some context and continuity, the poll reports percentages of responses on four categories (Education, Economy, Taxes, Transportation) for the years 2007-2017. Education was #1 in four of those years: 2007 (31%); 2015 (42%); 2016 (33%); 2017 (45%). Economy was #1 in six of those years: 2009 (43%); 2010 (49%); 2011 (44%); 2012 (59%); 2013 (43%); 2014 (46%). Transportation was #1 in 2008 (33%). It is worth noting that Taxes were never #1 in any of the years reported and that the range of responses was from 6%-19% and an average of 12.8%.
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