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 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 – Foreclosed homes and unsustainable growth can wreck the tax base of local governments. That’s the warning being issued by Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services following its study of newly released U.S. Census Bureau data on housing unit growth.
Auburn researchers compared housing data from the states of Alabama and Georgia to gauge the effects of the recession and its real estate bubble on property taxes that fund local governments and their services.
AUBURN – As local schools prepared to reopen across Alabama, Auburn University pollsters found a high degree of satisfaction with their recent performance. When asked to grade local schools in their community, the majority of a statewide sample of 639 residents interviewed by telephone in July assigned high marks: 25 percent gave their local schools a grade of A; and 36 percent gave them a B.
“These grades are extraordinary,” said Don-Terry Veal, director of the Center for Governmental Services that conducted the poll. “When the Gallup organization last asked this same question to a nationwide sample, only 46 percent of Americans gave their local schools a grade of A or B. That 61percent of Alabama residents do so now is a credit to the recent performance of local schools.”
AUBURN – Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services has released statewide polling results showing that many Alabama residents are suffering through this recession.
* 42 percent describe themselves as “struggling to make ends meet;”
* 47 percent say they are financially worse off today than a year ago;
* 19 percent of the state’s residents holding home mortgages worry that they will fall behind on their payments;
* 56 percent see interest rates for borrowers rising during the next 12 months; and
* 59 percent see more unemployment coming during the next 12 months.
– Contrasted with these downbeat opinions, however, are signs of hope for the state’s economy:
* 55 percent of the state’s residents say they’ll be better off financially a year from now. Nationally, less than one-third of Americans asked an identical question by the University of Michigan in June said their finances will be better off next year.
* 58 percent say they are either “living comfortably (52 percent) or doing “better than ever” (5 percent) in this recession.
*54 percent expect Alabama to come out of the recession at least as fast as the rest of the country.