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2012 State Fair Poll Results

2012 State Fair Poll Results

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MinnesotaHouse of Representatives
Kurt Zellers, Speaker 
PUBLIC INFORMATION SERVICES
175 State Ofce Building100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-2146Fax: 651-297-8135800-657-3550FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Sept. 4, 2012Contact:Mike Cook
651-296-1341
mike.cook@house.mn
2012 State Fair Poll Results
Polltakers almost evenly split on legalizing more freworks
Those taking the 2012 nonpartisan House PublicInormation Services Ofce State Fair Opinion Poll arealmost evenly split on the legalization o frecrackers,bottle rockets and other consumer freworks.O the more than 9,000 people participating in thisyear’s poll, 47.8 percent believe such freworks shouldbe legalized, while 45 percent are against the idea. Morethan 7 percent are undecided or have no opinion.The poll is an inormal, unscientifc survey o issuesdiscussed in prior legislative sessions and may be topicso discussion in 2013.Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill in 2012 to expandlegal freworks in Minnesota to include bottle rockets,frecrackers and other freworks classifed by theAmerican Pyrotechnics Association as consumerfreworks. “Most Minnesotans are responsible enough toignite and explode those inherently dangerous devicesproperly and saely. Unortunately some are not,”Dayton wrote in his veto message.Current Minnesota law allows or the use o partypoppers, snappers, toy smoke devices, snakes, glowworms or sparklers, but supporters note that manyMinnesotans already cross into neighboring states tospend their money or other consumer freworks and willcontinue to do so.A number o items that are taxable in stores, such asbooks, movies and music, are not subject to sales tax whendownloaded rom the Internet. Polltakers are also nearlysplit on the state collecting sales tax on these items with47 percent in avor o the idea and 44.6 percent against.A pair o education issues received support o polltakers.Nearly 72 percent believe school districts should beauthorized to use perormance evaluations in makingteacher layo decisions, rather than basing the cuts onseniority. More than 56 percent support the idea o allschool districts being permitted to start classes beoreLabor Day.Two questions received overwhelmingly positiveresponses rom people who took the poll.Nearly 93 percent believe that employers should notbe allowed to require employees to provide their socialmedia passwords, such as those or Facebook andTwitter, as a condition o employment. Additionally,85.1 percent o those flling out the opinion poll believeLao-American and Hmong-American veterans whoought with the United States during the Vietnam Warshould be eligible or burial in the state cemetery nearCamp Ripley.More than hal o the polltakers (53.4 percent) believea higher legislative threshold should be establishedwhen it comes to getting constitutional amendmentson the ballot, such as this year’s photo identifcationand defning marriage questions. Currently, a simplemajority in the House and Senate is needed to put aquestion beore state voters.Polltakers also believe:
• motorcyclists should be required to wear a helmet
(69.9 percent);
• companies violating environmental laws should be
ineligible or state tax breaks or subsidies (66.8 percent);
• liquor stores should be permitted to open on Sundays
(63 percent);
• the right to defend oneself should not be expanded so
that a person must no longer retreat beore using orce,including lethal orce, against an attacker in a publicplace (47.9 percent); and
• each parent in a child custody dispute should not be
guaranteed at least 45.1 percent o parenting time (45.5percent). However, more than 27 percent had no opinionor were undecided on the issue.Here’s a look at the questions and results. Allpercentages are rounded to the nearest one-tenth. Totalsare or those that actually voted on the question.

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