Polls

April 28-May 5, 2011


The Internet is helping to create new pathways of social cohesion in contemporary society.



strongly disagree 21 9%
somewhat disagree 21 9%
no opinion 31 13%
somewhat agree 103 43%
strongly agree 61 26%


Average score: 3.68
18% of respondents scored strongly or somewhat disagree.
69% of respondents scored strongly or somewhat agree.
N=237


April 19-26, 2011


Individuals in American society are better off when they have a
greater number of civic and community relationships.
strongly disagree 28 10%
somewhat disagree 10 3%
neutral 18 6%
somewhat agree 57 19%
strongly agree 180 61%

Average score: 4.20

13% of respondents scored strongly or somewhat disagree.
80% of respondents scored strongly or somewhat agree.
N=293



April 7-April 14, 2011


As a tool for understanding the social world, I prefer (choose all that apply):



statistical studies and reviews 49 44%
single-case ethnographic studies 27 24%
comparative historical research 64 58%
qualititative sociological research 56 50%
detailed historical narrative 45 41%
social theory 57 51%

Rank: comparative > social theory > qualitative > statistical > historical > ethnographic
N=111



March 29-April 6, 2011
What is your assessment of the effectiveness and organizational capability of the Environmental Protection Agency in protecting health and safety?





highly capable 30 9.29%
somewhat capable 80 24.77%
variably capable 135 41.80%
somewhat incapable 62 19.20%
very incapable 16 4.95%


Average score: 2.86
35% of respondents scored "highly or somewhat capable"
24% of respondents scored "somewhat or highly incapable"
N=323


What is your assessment of the effectiveness and organizational capability of the Nuclear Regulatory Agency in protecting health and safety?



highly capable 22 7.91%
somewhat capable 67 24.10%
variably capable 86 30.94%
somewhat incapable 73 26.26%
very incapable 30 10.79%



Average score: 3.08
32% of respondents scored "highly or somewhat capable"
37% of respondents scored "somewhat or highly incapable"
N=278

What is your assessment of the effectiveness and organizational capability of the Food and Drug Administration in protecting health and safety?


highly capable 19 6.86%
somewhat capable 79 28.52%
variably capable 89 32.13%
somewhat incapable 64 23.10%
very incapable 26 9.39%

Average score: 3.00
35% of respondents scored "highly or somewhat capable"
32% of respondents scored "somewhat or highly incapable"
N=277


March 22-29, 2011

WORLD INSTITUTIONS ARE MAKING SATISFACTORY PROGRESS TOWARDS ALLEVIATING GLOBAL POVERTY AND HUNGER.
strongly disagree
80
50%
somewhat disagree
33
21%
no opinion
17
11%
somewhat agree
19
12%
strongly agree
10
6%


Average score: 2.03
71% of respondents somewhat or strongly disagree.
18% of respondents somewhat or strongly agree.
N=159



March 15-22, 2011
THE MOST IMPORTANT FUNCTION OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES IS TO CONTRIBUTE TO WORKABLE SOLUTIONS FOR COMPLEX SOCIAL PROBLEMS.
strongly disagree
21
10%
somewhat disagree
38
18%
no opinion
5
2%
somewhat agree
74
35%
strongly agree
75
35%

Average score: 3.68
28% of respondents somewhat or strongly disagree.
70% of respondents somewhat or strongly agree.
N=213


March 8-15, 2011


WISCONSIN PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES
SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO RETAIN EXISTING
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS.
strongly disagree 39 12%
somewhat disagree 13 4%
no opinion 6 2%
somewhat agree 25 7%
strongly agree 254 75%


Average score: 4.3
16% of respondents somewhat or strongly disagree.
82% of respondents somewhat or strongly agree.
N=337


For the purpose of comparison, here is a similar survey conducted nationally February 21-March 1 by the Pew Research Center.





March 1-8, 2011
WILL EGYPT SUCCEED IN CREATING A VIABLE
DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT WITHIN 12 MONTHS?
Highly unlikely
39
16%
Somewhat unlikely
67
28%
Possible
72
30%
Somewhat likely
45
19%
Highly likely
18
7%

Average score: 2.7
44% of respondents believe the outcome is somewhat or highly unlikely.
26% of respondents believe the outcome is somewhat or highly likely.
N = 241