Contact: Jim Seroka, 334/844-4781 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
More than half of Alabamians are confident that elected leaders are moving
the state in a positive direction, but say job creation, health care and
improving schools continue to be urgent issues they want state officials
among the findings of the fall Ask Alabama public opinion survey, conducted
by the Center for Governmental Services at Auburn University. Ask Alabama
releases monthly results of polls on topics of interest to Alabamians.
to Ask Alabama's October telephone survey of 1,018 Alabamians, three-quarters
of citizens polled ranked economic development and jobs as their number
one concern, followed closely by access to healthcare and affordable medicines,
and K-12 education.
remain focused on traditional concerns like jobs and schools, but it's
important for policymakers to pay attention to the concerns citizens have
about access to healthcare and affordable prescriptions," said Ask
Alabama poll director, Jim Seroka. "These are two emerging policy
issue areas, and the public now expects Alabama's leaders to develop workable
and effective responses to them."
identified by poll respondents included child welfare and senior services,
law enforcement and higher education.
Alabamians agree that elected leaders are moving the state in the right
direction, they fear much of this progress can be lost through unethical
behavior on the part of a few. Eighty-eight percent of those surveyed
are very concerned about the honesty and integrity of state officials.
says much for strengthening the Ethics Commission and the Board of Public
Examiners which are the chief guardians of the public trust," noted
of the Ask Alabama poll on state programs and services include:
percent of those polled say Alabama's quality of life remains the same,
while 19 percent say life in Alabama has improved during the past year;
percent of the respondents consider a new state constitution a high priority.
results of the Ask Alabama poll on state expenditures can be found at
www.askalabama.org. The poll,
conducted Oct. 12 through Oct. 27, includes a margin of error of plus
or minus three.
is a random quarterly telephone survey of adult Alabamians on issues of
interest to Alabamians.
is a comprehensive research institution with nearly 23,000 students and
6,500 faculty and staff. Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally,
Auburn is Alabama's largest educational institution, offering more than
230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.
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