Vermont Poll

HOW THE POLL WAS CONDUCTED This poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from October 11 through October 13, 2010. A total of 625 registered Vermont voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All indicated they were likely to vote in the November general election. Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges was utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect the voter turn-out by county. The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a regional or gender grouping. -----------------------------------------------------------------SAMPLE FIGURES: Men 307 (49%) REGION Chittenden County Northwest Vermont Northeast Vermont Southern Vermont 155 175 90 205 interviews interviews interviews interviews Women 318 (51%)

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QUESTION: How would you characterize the tenor of this year’s campaign for governor? Would you say it has been: Mostly Positive Mostly Negative A mix of both positive & negative Not Sure (NOT READ) 7% 44% 46% 3% QUESTION: What do you feel is the single most important state issue facing Vermont today? Economy/Jobs Government Spending/Taxes/State Budget Education Healthcare Energy/Alternative Fuels Environment/Growth & Sprawl Social Issues/Family Values (abortion/gay rights) Immigration Roads/Bridges/Transportation Other/Not Sure 58% 20% 7% 6% 4% 2% 1% 2% When referencing. and Orleans Counties. Orange. Windham. Grand Isle. Essex. SOUTHERN VERMONT: Voters interviewed in Bennington. Rutland. Lamoille. and Windsor Counties. NORTHEAST VERMONT: Voters interviewed in Caledonia.Vermont Poll REGIONAL GROUPINGS NORTHWEST VERMONT: Voters interviewed in Addison. please credit “VPR Vermont Poll” . Franklin. and Washington Counties.

Vermont Poll QUESTION: The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is scheduled to close in 2012. or the jobs of any close family members living in Vermont? Are you: Very Concerned Somewhat Concerned Not Too Concerned Not At All Concerned Not Sure (NOT READ) 34% 33% 18% 14% 1% When referencing. Do you support or oppose extending the operating license for 20 years? STATE SUPPORT OPPOSE UNDECIDED 39% 44% 17% MEN 47% 39% 14% WOMEN 32% 48% 20% DEMS 9% 80% 11% REPS 66% 14% 20% INDS 45% 34% 21% QUESTION: Do you support or oppose Vermont’s Education Commissioner’s proposal to consolidate 278 school districts into 45 school districts to save administrative costs. please credit “VPR Vermont Poll” . which could result in the closing of some smaller schools? STATE SUPPORT OPPOSE UNDECIDED 45% 36% 19% MEN 49% 34% 17% WOMEN 41% 38% 21% DEMS 34% 40% 26% REPS 51% 37% 12% INDS 50% 33% 17% QUESTION: How concerned are you about the security and future of your own job.

marriage. children. or not? YES NO 7% 93% When referencing. have you recently missed any scheduled payments on household bills. or not? YES NO NOT SURE 27% 70% 3% QUESTION: Due to current economic conditions. have you or your family changed or delayed plans for college.Vermont Poll QUESTION: Which one of the following best describes your view regarding the future of the health care system: (ORDER ROTATED) 34% – Create a government financed program similar to Medicare for everyone 26% – Continue to rely primarily on private insurance and employer-based programs 22% – Create a public option based on the Catamount Health program 18% – Other/Not Sure (NOT READ) QUESTION: Due to current economic conditions. retirement or other major life decisions. please credit “VPR Vermont Poll” .

Vermont Poll DEMOGRAPHICS: SEX: Male Female 18-34 35-49 50-64 65+ Refused Democrat Republican Independent Chittenden County Northwest VT Northeast VT Southern VT 307 (49%) 318 (51%) 73 176 184 191 1 (12%) (28%) (29%) (31%) AGE: PARTY ID: 205 (33%) 162 (26%) 258 (41%) 155 175 90 205 (25%) (28%) (14%) (33%) REGION: When referencing. please credit “VPR Vermont Poll” .