CURRENT EVENTS SURVEY RESULTS – June 2018
Q1. North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump are, once again, confirmed to meet in June, despite the frequently changing fate of this meeting. Do you think this meeting between President Trump and Leader Kim Jong Un should happen?
In the first question we wanted to know how people feel about President Trump and North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un meeting. Overwhelmingly people believe this meeting should happen. This is a meeting the United States has been trying to encourage for quite some time. Despite the fact that the meeting was called off and restarted within a week in quite a dramatic manner, 89% of the people surveyed support this meeting.
Q2. President Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the administration has proposed new sanctions and demands on Iran. Do you support the Trump administration’s strategy in dealing with Iran?
In our second question, we asked about President Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Around 72% expressed their support for this decision.
Q3. With the U.S. Embassy having officially moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, fighting and casualties have increased between Israel and Palestine. Do you agree with the action of moving the Embassy to Jerusalem?
Recently the U.S. Embassy officially moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which inevitably caused more tension between Israel and Palestine. In question three, we asked whether people agree with this change, and 65% answered “yes” while the rest either disagree with this decision or remain neutral on this matter.
Q4. What do you think are solutions to resolving conflicts within the Israel/Gaza?
With the 65% positive reaction to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, it would be easy to anticipate that the majority of responses would show support for Israel. While a great deal of the answers do support Israel, there is a wide range of responses from positive belief that progress can be made toward peace “Maintain support for Israel while seeking relations with moderate Palestinians.” to down right fatalistic “There are no solutions. They will fight forever.” The complete response list can be found on the full report.
Q5. The unemployment rate is down to 3.8%. This is the lowest it’s been in the last 18 years. Do you believe that this can be attributed to President Trump’s economic policy?
In question five, we focused on the unemployment rate. Of those surveyed 63% believe that the decline of unemployment rate should be attributed to President Trump’s economy policy.
Q6. Have you benefited from the recent tax cuts or changes to economic policies?
The newest tax reform is one of the great achievements of Trump administration. In question six, we asked if people have benefited from the recent tax cuts or changes to economic policies. More than half stated that they neither benefited or suffered from the tax reform. 37% expressed that they are better off because of the tax reform while 9% expressed that they are worse off.
Q7. Gina Haspel has been appointed the first female Director of the CIA. Gina has worked in the CIA since 1985, and has been promoted many times within the Agency. Do you support President Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA?
Gina Haspel has been appointed the first female director of the CIA. According to the results we get from question seven 70% of the people support this nomination.
Q8. Recently the Boy Scouts of America have made a number of policy and structural changes. Do you support the current direction of the BSA?
Recently the Boy Scouts of America have made a number of policy and structural changes. In question eight, 77% of the people stated that they don’t support the current direction of the BSA. Without numbers it is hard to compare this with other states across the nation, but with the membership of the BSA declining over the last decade other organizations across the country have proposed or started their own scouting programs.
Q9. Regarding initiatives: Medical Marijuana, Better Boundaries, and Medicaid Expansion all reached the required signature threshold. Count My Vote had reached the signature threshold, but enough people removed their names that it fell below the requirement. Do you think that it should be easier or more difficult to remove signatures from ballot initiatives?
In question nine, we asked whether it should be easier or harder to remove signatures from ballot initiatives, given the fact that Count My Vote fell below the signature requirement after enough people removed their signatures from this initiative. 32% think that the signature withdrawal process should be easier while 28% think that it should be more difficult to remove a signature.
Q10. Do you like the current system of gathering signatures to get initiatives on the ballot?
Following question nine, we asked if people like the current system of signature gathering for ballot initiatives. 18% of the people dislike the system, while 40% favor the system and 35% stay neutral.
Those that selected the ‘other’ option submitted more detail answers to either support the current system or propose changes. After a review of the responses it can be clearly seen that this issue is still very divisive and warrants further discussion. These can be review on the full report.
Thank you to all who participated in this survey. Your responses help us better understand your views and that leads to better representation.