AUBURN – Despite the controversies swirling around the gambling issue in Alabama, a recent Ask Alabama poll conducted by Auburn University shows that most Alabama adults support a lottery and video gaming to increase state revenues to balance the budget and fund education. Results show that 68 percent support a lottery and 60 percent back video gaming for education funding.
The poll repeated questions asked by Auburn University pollsters in a 2005 Ask Alabama Poll and the results are virtually identical. The lottery garnered 68 percent support in the latest poll, two points above the 2005 poll result. Video gaming support stands at 60 percent, down from 61 percent in 2005.
AUBURN – A recent Ask Alabama poll showed that only 34 percent of respondents told Auburn University pollsters that they had already received flu shots, with another 15 percent saying they planned to get one.
These results were based on a statewide survey of 614 adults interviewed by telephone during the period Jan. 4 through Jan. 14. They indicate that about half of the state’s adult population is unprotected from the seasonal or H1N1 strains of influenza, even though public health officials strongly promoted inoculation and warn that the viral threat could grow in the spring.
AUBURN – A recent Ask Alabama poll found an increasing level of pessimism among Alabamians regarding the economy. Only 44 percent of respondents told Auburn University pollsters that the economy will improve over the next 12 months, reflecting a drop of 11 percentage points since a comparable poll was taken last July.
The rising pessimism of consumers was the key finding of a telephone poll of 615 adults taken Jan. 4-14 by Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services.
AUBURN – Analysts in the Center for Governmental Services at Auburn University say U.S. Census data released in September include some encouraging results for Alabama.
The state’s rate of persons without health insurance coverage in 2008, 11.9 percent, was the lowest rate recorded for Alabama in this decade. Alabama also has the lowest rate of uninsured residents in the southeastern states, besting Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
AUBURN – State of Alabama economic development representatives frequently say the friendliness of Alabama’s people is their secret weapon in recruiting international businesses looking to invest in new North American operations. The results of a recent statewide poll suggest that multinational industrialists are not the only ones to have noticed.
Almost all Alabama residents, 96 percent of them, agree that it is accurate to describe the state as “friendly.” Seventy-three percent say that is a “very” accurate label for the state; another 23 percent say it is “somewhat” accurate.
“The people of Alabama are now being recognized around the globe for being hospitable and welcoming,” said Don-Terry Veal, director of the Center for Governmental Services that conducted the quarterly Ask Alabama poll. “This friendliness makes the state a great place to live and a profitable site for investments in human resources. Companies are looking for happy and cooperative employees.”
AUBURN – A statewide survey of Alabama residents found that men and women agree that better benefits packages and higher wages should top the list of changes or improvements sought in the workplace.
When it comes to other employment priorities, however, gender differences are evident. Most notably, a majority of women care a lot about flexible work hours and schedules and also about the availability of onsite or convenient childcare.
Sixty-seven percent of women describe childcare as “very important,” compared to 55 percent of men. Sixty-one percent of women rate flexible hours and schedules as very important while just 49 percent of men concur.