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May 5, 2010

District Survey Results


A couple of months ago, I posted and circulated a survey to get feedback on key legislative issues before the state.  A link was supplied online, at, for people to participate and get online results.  Over 900 responders from the 10th Senate District took part.  Here is a breakdown of the results.


The first question dealt with a budget provision that requires local governments to not reduce spending on emergency services without facing a cutback in state aid.  Nearly 75% of the people did not support that approach, while 18% did.  About 8% were unsure. 


The second question revolved around the proposed “Clean Energy Jobs Act.”  This legislation was strongly advocated for by Governor Doyle, but no vote was scheduled by legislative leadership.  The question was if Wisconsin should take steps to further regulate energy and restrict emissions to combat global warming.  Nearly 61% say no, while 32% said yes.  About 7% were unsure.


Thirdly, legislation had been proposed to restrict the use of zip codes by auto insurance companies for determining premiums.  The proposal failed to be acted upon, with 38% supporting such a prohibition.  55% were opposed to such restrictions on auto insurance companies while 7% were unsure.


The forth question addressed a hot-topic in the State Legislature €“ combating drunk driving.  59% supported making all repeat offenses a felony; while 35% did not.  6% were unsure.  While the Legislature took action to strengthen penalties, enhance rehabilitation efforts, and provided for the expansion of ignition interlock devices, changes to make all repeat offenses a felony were not incorporated into the new law.


Next, I tried to get a sense of how the Tea Party movement resonated with residents.  29% said it “very much” represented their views, while 31% said it represented their views “most of the time.”  About 10% said it didn’t represent their views “most of the time” and 17% said the movement did “not at all” represent their views.  13% remain unsure.


Finally, this session the Democratic-led Legislature enacted a mandate on schools that require schools that teach abstinence education to also teach sex education that includes contraception.  This requirement on local schools was supported by 37% of the responders, while nearly 58% opposed.  About 5% were unsure.


I greatly appreciated the time and input I receive.  Every two months, I put up new online surveys at as well as maintain a blog with regular updates on state news and information.  You can join my email club at this site, and it’s a great way to stay in-touch!