There are some interesting poll results out just days before the November elections here in Montana. Here’s a link to the full results of the 2010 MSU-Billings political poll. The down and dirty: wolves and President Obama are both getting clawed in this latest poll. Nearly 62% of Montanans according to the poll say President Obama is doing a bad job of managing the US economy, and the federal health care bill continues to take a beating. CI-105, 1-161, and I-164 appear to get high marks while a call for a constitutional convention polled in the negative. As for the state’s Supreme Court race, conservative Nels Swandal and liberal Beth Baker appear to be neck and neck in polling. The question for election day: did the Swandal camp get the word out to enough of the expected conservative-leaning voter base to pull through with a victory?
And how about the response to the question- “is President Obama a Muslim?” Nearly 36% either said yes, or were undecided when asked if Pres. Obama is a Muslim.
President Barack Obama’s Overall Job Performance
This is the second year the “MSU-Billings Poll” asked respondents: “At this
point in time do you approve or disapprove of President Barack Obama’s overall
performance in office?” A majority of those polled (59.2%) answered “disapprove.”
In comparison, last year 53% of those questioned replied “disapprove” and 37%
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ABILITY TO MANAGE THE U.S. ECONOMY
A majority (62.7%) of those polled replied “bad job” when asked: “In an overall sense, do you believe that President Obama is doing a good job, or a bad job in managing the U.S. economy?”
IS PRESIDENT OBAMA A MUSLIM?
In response the question, “Do you believe that President Obama is a Muslim,” a majority (63.5%) of those surveyed replied “no.”
IS PRESIDENT OBAMA A MUSLIM
Yes No Undecided Total 17.2% 63.5% 19.3% 100%
U. S. ECONOMY STILL IN ECONOMIC RECESSION
When asked, “Do you think the U.S. economy is still in a recession,” a majority (80.5%) of those surveyed replied “yes.”
OPINION ABOUT HEALTHCARE REFORM LEGISLATION
A majority (60.8%) of the interviewees replied “oppose” when asked, “Do you support the healthcare reform legislation enacted into law by the federal government this year?”
MONTANA WOLVES ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S LIST OF ENDANGERED SPECIES
A majority (69.2%) of the interviewees replied “no” when asked: “Do you believe that wolves in Montana should be on the federal government’s list of endangered species?”
2010 MONTANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ELECTION
A question about this year’s elections for the Montana House of Representatives was worded: “In terms of electing a representative to the Montana House of Representatives, if the election were held today do you think you would vote for the Republican or the Democratic candidate in your district?” A plurality (49%) of those polled replied “Republican”.
MONTANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ELECTION
Republican Democrat Undecided Total 49% 34.7% 16.3% 100%
The question regarding this years’ Montana Supreme Court race was worded: “In a non-partisan race for a Justice position on the Montana Supreme Court, Beth Baker and Nels Swandal (alternate names) are the candidates. If the election were held today would you vote for [Swandal or Baker]”. A majority (58.4%) of those polled said they were “undecided” whom they would vote for.
SUPREME COURT RACE
Baker Swandal Undecided Total 20.6% 21.1% 58.3% 100%
CI-105 REAL ESTATE TAX INITIATIVE
A majority (60.6%) of the interviewees replied “support”, when asked: “One ballot issue, CI-105, which will be voted on in this year’s general election would amend the Montana Constitution to prohibit state and local governments from imposing any new tax on real estate sales and trades.
I-164 INITIATIVE ON LOAN INTEREST RATES
In reply to the question: “Initiative 164, would cap at 36 percent the annual interest, fees and charges that payday, title and retail installment lenders could charge on loans. Do you favor or opposed this initiative?” A majority (63.3%) of the respondents answered “support.”
I-161 OUTFITTERS SPONSORED HUNTING LICENSES
The question on I-161 was phrased: “Initiative 161, would abolish 5,500 outfitter-sponsored non-resident big-game and deer combined hunting licenses. These 5,500 non-resident big game licenses would be made available to hunters not sponsored by outfitters. It would also increase the cost of non-resident big game licenses and provide increased revenue
for hunting access and habitat restoration projects. If voting today, would you support or oppose this measure?” A plurality (49.7%) of the respondents answered “support.”
VOTE ON BALLOT ISSUE ON CALLING A MONTANA CONSTITIONAL CONVENTION
The vote required every twenty years regarding the calling of a Constitutional Convention in Montana was worded: “Another ballot issue requires Montanans to vote every 20 years on whether or not they want to hold another state constitutional convention to consider changing that document. Do you favor or oppose holding a new constitutional convention?” A majority (52.7%) of the respondents answered “oppose.”
OPINION REGARDING REPEALING MONTANA’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW
A plurality (47%) of those interviewed said “support,” when asked: “Do you support or oppose the next legislature repealing Montana’s existing medical marijuana law?”