October 2010 Polls

USA Today/Gallup Poll reports that just a few days before Election Day, Democrats face a record-setting "enthusiasm gap" that positions Republicans to score sweeping victories. I'm thinking:

It's true because the Democrats were never able to find a voice that rang true for voters. (28.37% - 368 votes)

It's false because voters will finally realize we have to stay the course we're on now. (9.64% - 125 votes)

Hey, the only poll that counts is the one where people vote. (61.99% - 804 votes)

Total Votes: 1,297

Voting open Tue, Oct 26, 2010 9:59 a.m. - Wed, Nov 10, 2010 9:59 a.m.

Sen. Joe Zarelli says state pensions should be reformed. I'm thinking:

Don't change state pensions. It's not fair to employees, who have been anticipating a guaranteed retirement. (32.18% - 102 votes)

Zarelli's correct. Change pensions so they are more like 401(K) plans, where contributions, not benefits, are defined. (49.21% - 156 votes)

The state should offer both plans to its employees, as neither will be enough to retire on in the future. (18.61% - 59 votes)

Total Votes: 317

Voting open Mon, Oct 25, 2010 10:29 a.m. - Thu, Nov 25, 2010 10:29 a.m.

When will you fill out your ballot?

As soon as it arrives in the mail. I'm ready for the election to be over. (61.43% - 129 votes)

I will wait until close to Election Day. There might be some last-minute information that would affect my vote. (30.48% - 64 votes)

I'm not voting this year. (4.76% - 10 votes)

Election? What election? (3.33% - 7 votes)

Total Votes: 210

Voting open Mon, Oct 18, 2010 10:11 a.m. - Mon, Nov 1, 2010 10:11 a.m.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that donations to the nation's 400 largest charities were down 11 percent last year, the worst decline in 20 years. It's probably because:

People believe it's the government's job to take care of those who need help. (3.97% - 48 votes)

People believe it's the extended family's job to take care of those who need help. (4.13% - 50 votes)

It's just another indication of how bad the economy is. Fewer people can afford to give. (91.90% - 1,112 votes)

Total Votes: 1,210

Voting open Mon, Oct 18, 2010 10 a.m. - Mon, Nov 1, 2010 10:01 a.m.

What political advertising annoys you the most?

Campaign signs strewn along all of the major roads and highways (27.07% - 95 votes)

Those attack ads on TV with out-of-focus candidate photos (55.27% - 194 votes)

Mailboxes full of glossy brochures and postcards (14.81% - 52 votes)

Actually, I enjoy the political advertising! (2.85% - 10 votes)

Total Votes: 351

Voting open Mon, Oct 11, 2010 10:15 a.m. - Tue, Nov 2, 2010 10:15 a.m.

A new study shows that even though Americans have a more negative view of government than they did in the past, we still want it involved in things like Social Security and Medicare. I'm thinking:

We're a confused lot. We don't know what the heck we want. (6.18% - 81 votes)

It's simple really. Government should limit itself to a few things and then get the heck out of the way. (46.03% - 603 votes)

We say we want government out of the way but -- truth be known -- we rely on it much more than we care to admit. (47.79% - 626 votes)

Total Votes: 1,310

Voting open Mon, Oct 11, 2010 9:17 a.m. - Thu, Nov 11, 2010 9:17 a.m.

Now that we've heard quite a bit about Vancouver City Council member Jeannie Harris' infamous "gavel down" meltdown, I'm thinking:

The public humiliation has been enough punishment for her. Let her get back to doing the city's business. (17.04% - 274 votes)

It sounds like city officials can't force her off the council, but she should take the high road and resign. (68.35% - 1,099 votes)

Remember that mouthpiece Dr. Hannibal Lecter wore in "The Silence of the Lambs?" Is it available? (14.61% - 235 votes)

Total Votes: 1,608

Voting open Mon, Oct 4, 2010 3:59 p.m. - Sun, Oct 31, 2010 3:59 p.m.

What's your view on Ref. 52, which would continue the bottled water tax to fund school energy improvements?

Making schools energy-efficient creates construction jobs and benefits all taxpayers in the form of lower utility bills. It should be approved. (32.14% - 63 votes)

Now is not the time to continue existing taxes that are due to expire. The referendum should be rejected. (21.94% - 43 votes)

Existing taxes shouldn't be expanded to cover new expenditures. The referendum should be rejected. (45.92% - 90 votes)

Total Votes: 196

Voting open Mon, Oct 4, 2010 11:18 a.m. - Mon, Nov 1, 2010 11:59 p.m.