2014 WISH-TV/Ball State University Hoosier Survey Draws Profile of Indiana Residents

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Job creation, reducing crime, and improving local schools top Hoosiers' priority list for 2015 legislative session.

Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University, 2013 Hoosier Survey

Hoosiers are a bit less concerned with job creation this year than in 2013, but it’s still their top priority and they want to see it at the top of the agenda when the General Assembly convenes in 2015. Reducing crime takes second place with 69 percent of the population looking for action, and improving local schools is in third place with 67 percent of Indiana’s adult residents wanting legislators to focus attention there.

Environmental protection and immigration reform rounded out the top five issues in the 2014 WISH-TV/Ball State University Hoosier Survey.

Results from the 2014 WISH-TV/Ball State University Hoosier Survey are now available on the website of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University (http://www.bowencenterforpublicaffairs.org). The survey is designed to provide Indiana residents and policymakers with a measure of public opinion on issues facing State leaders and legislators in the coming year.

In its seventh year, the survey questioned Indiana citizens about their top priorities for state government action during the 2015 legislative session, including state and national issues. Survey participants also were asked their opinions of the performance of key state officials, including Governor Mike Pence, as well as questions ranging from funding for free textbooks in public schools to whether the State Superintendent of Public Information or the State Board of Education should have final say on Indiana’s education policies. Marriage equality, the ethics displayed by public officials, and Sunday alcohol sales also drew respondents’ attention.

Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) conducted the 2014 Hoosier Survey for The Bowen Center and WISH-TV between Oct. 7 and Oct. 15, 2014. PSRAI surveyed 600 Indiana adults by randomly selected landline and cell phones, with a margin of sampling error of +/- 5.1 percent. The report provides statewide results, including regional breakdowns for some questions.

Statewide results are provided, and some responses are broken down by regions of the state (Northern, Central and Southern), as well as by race, by age and by political affiliation.

The entire 2014 Hoosier Survey is available on the website of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs (visit http://www.bowencenterforpublicaffairs.org), and more information is available at (765) 295-8982.

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About The Bowen Center for Public Affairs:
Founded in 2007, The Bowen Center for Public Affairs empowers people who want to participate in their communities. The Bowen Center for Public Affairs offers professional training for government officials, expertise on election administration, facilitation for community-building, and survey research on Hoosier policy issues to inform the public and our elected leaders.

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