very week to 10 days, COURIER Onlineposts a new poll question on our home-page asking for reader opinions on issuespertaining to Claremont and national news. Weknow from experience Claremont residents havea wide variety of opinions, many of which endup published in our newspaper.
The number of respondents varies depending on the ques-tion. I’m happy to report we get anywhere from 30-60 peopleparticipating each week and the number continues to in-crease. Hopefully after this column, more of you will decideto take the plunge.So what are we thinking? The first thing to note is Clare-mont residents track closely to what America thinks on na-tional issues. For example, the vote was split equally whenasked whether you would support the current health care leg-islation. Our first poll question was whether you felt MarkMcGuire deserved to be in the baseball hall of fame. Just likethe writers who voted him in, Claremonters were 3 to 1against it.Things got a little more interesting when we focused onClaremont-specific issues. Especially when the topic con-cerned spending.One of the biggest surprises for me was the feedback oncity budget cuts and its impact on services. Only 38 percentof the respondents felt city services would be impacted “alot.” The remaining percentage was split between “some-what” to “none.” I guess only time will tell if those opinionschange as the cuts go into effect.Did we think CUSD dealt with job reductions in an effi-cient manner? Given the emotions involved linked to somany teachers, only 29 percent thought the district did. Butwhen asked what areas the school district should cut thebudget, there was little consensus.Support for teachers remained strong with only 5 percentvoting for layoffs. It was not surprising that the areas receiv-ing the most support were cutting administration and supportstaff (38 percent) and reducing extra curricular programs at28 percent. Ending class size reduction was the other choiceof note at 21 percent. Clearly in situations where resourcesmust be trimmed, there are no easy or popular solutions.Other results covered a variety of subjects. Will Democratsand Republicans reach a compromise on health care? Clare-monters made an accurate prediction (poll was conducted be-fore legislation was passed) with an 84 percent “no” vote.Should the city seek damages from the lost elm tree on IndianHill Boulevard? Many agreed with the city with 61 percent re-sponding “yes.”After the police department released yearly city crimestatistics, we asked what made the biggest impact onreducing crime. Better police work came in at 20 percent,educating residents at 25 percent. Maybe it’s just a sign of thetimes when 40 percent of those responding said it was “just alucky year.”As with any poll, these results are from a small portion of the general public and cannot be taken too seriously. But theycan give us a sense of how we are thinking in this fast chang-ing world.I will continue to be a nudge and encourage all of you to par-ticipate. The more people who respond, the more accurate the re-sults. And if you have any ideas for a poll question, please emailme your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, April 17, 2010
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So what are Claremontersreally thinking?
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