Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Survey Results: Strong Support for Rail, Port Projects

We've received numerous responses (140) in just one day on the survey, and the results so far have been pretty clear-cut. People answered from around the County.

1. People are very supportive of the high speed rail (Cleveland-Cincinnati) idea: 76% support the idea (54.7% strongly); 10.2% neutral. 14% oppose. This was the most popular idea.

2. Second most popular is the Queensgate Terminal project on the river: 75.6% support the idea (35.3% strongly); 12.2% neutral. Only 12% oppose.

3. There is strong support for banning texting while driving. 65% support the ban (44% strongly). 22.3% oppose the idea.

4. The casino idea receives general support, but with some strong opposition as well. 57% support (34% strongly); 13% were neutral; but 30% opposed (20% strongly).

5. There is general support for consolidating fire districts. 54% support; 30% neutral; and 16% opposed.

6. There was more lukewarm support for lengthening the school year: 46% support; 24% neutral; 30% oppose.

7. People are strongly opposed to a Charter referendum that stops all investments in passenger rail pending a separate referendum: 38% strongly oppose; 21.2% oppose; 20.4% neutral. 20% supported (12% of those strongly).

If you haven't yet done the survey, go to the blog posting below . . . .

2 comments: said...

Ah, David, this is proof positive on why democracies don't work … "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine." - Thomas Jefferson

Yes another posting on "should we spend or should we spend"? Why not ask if endeavors such as these should be left up to the free markets?

Anonymous said...

"In the 1870s Jefferson had seen the press primarily as an effective means of keeping the people in solidarity with their leaders. With a republican form of government in place, the greatest threats to such solidarity were erroneous popular beliefs and fears arising from provincial unworldliness and lack of information about the government's activities. Rather than favoring the establishment of an authoritative press that would 'conciliate' the people, a la Fenno, Jefferson had sought to encourage the broad dissemination of as many newspapers as possible. 'Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government,' declaimed Jefferson in a famous passage, 'I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.' This statement naturally has become a favorite with generations of American journalists but for Jefferson it had a particular meaning. In American Indian societies he noted "public opinion is in the place of law, and retrains morals as powerfully as laws ever did anywhere." In a literate typographical society, newspapers were the means by which the rule of public opinion would be put into action; if the people were provided with an accurate view of the world, then public opinion would always be a good ruler."
-"The tyranny of printers" By Jeffrey L. Pasley p.62

I think that is far cry from what rbollas claims. I'm confused on the "should we spend or should we spend rhetoric", because it is indisputable that no matter what party is in power government spending increases.

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