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Previous Poll Results




How are you celebrating Halloween this year?

OPTIONS VOTES %
I don't celebrate Halloween 193 50.79%
Staying home and passing out candy 97 25.53%
Taking the kids trick-or-treating 71 18.68%
Costume party with friends, co-workers 19 5%

Should County Manager Ellis Williford apologize for his comments about medical technology company BD and the need for more entry-level jobs in Wilson County?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, he was off the mark 137 53.73%
No, he's explained his intent 118 46.27%

Do you think gang violence is a serious problem in Wilson?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, it's a problem in most cities 312 77.04%
Yes, it's worse here than elsewhere 74 18.27%
No, gang activity is rare in Wilson 11 2.72%
No, the gangs here are seldom violent 8 1.98%

Should Wilson County Schools eliminate mandatory senior projects?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, they're an unnecessary distraction 174 60.84%
No, they provide valuable hands-on learning 91 31.82%
I'm undecided 21 7.34%

Do you think the First Amendment goes too far in the individual freedoms it guarantees?

OPTIONS VOTES %
It strikes an ideal balance 61 56.48%
It doesn't go far enough 29 26.85%
It goes too far 18 16.67%

Do you think the United States should take military action in Syria?

OPTIONS VOTES %
No, it's a civil war that doesn't involve the U.S. 263 84.03%
Airstrikes only - no boots on the ground 30 9.58%
Yes, we need to remove al-Assad from power 20 6.39%

Should Wilson County Schools allow hunting and conservation group Delta Waterfowl to raffle off a black-powder muzzleloader rifle during a Lucama Elementary School fundraiser?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, the gun will never be on campus 225 68.39%
No, it sends a bad message to students 88 26.75%
I'm on the fence 16 4.86%

Do you agree with the N.C. Housing Finance Agency's decision to deny Landmark Properties' $9.2-million downtown Wilson rental project?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Let Landmark build it with its own money 120 50.63%
No, it would revitalize the area 59 24.89%
Yes, it would hurt historic Wilson 58 24.47%

Should applicants for government assistance who are suspected of drug use be required to pass a drug test before they're eligible to collect benefits?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, this is taxpayer money 527 84.46%
No, it's invasive and may be illegal 65 10.42%
Test drug convicts only - not arrestees 32 5.13%

After the Trayvon Martin verdict, how do you feel about stand-your-ground laws and the right to use deadly force in self-defense?

OPTIONS VOTES %
We need the laws to protect ourselves 152 66.09%
They make it too easy to take a life 64 27.83%
I'm on the fence 14 6.09%

Who should be held responsible for the fights that police say took place outside the Wilson Arena skating rink early Saturday and Sunday mornings?

OPTIONS VOTES %
The individuals involved in the fights 97 42.54%
All share some of the blame 66 28.95%
The skating rink's management 31 13.6%
Groups holding private parties there 27 11.84%
The Wilson Police Department 7 3.07%

Wilson County’s 13-percent unemployment rate is the fourth-highest in North Carolina. What do you think is most responsible?

OPTIONS VOTES %
People unwilling to work 154 49.52%
Poor business recruitment efforts 78 25.08%
Economic uncertainty 47 15.11%
Lack of skilled workers 32 10.29%

Do you agree with the Supreme Court's ruling that a law denying federal benefits to married same-sex couples is unconstitutional?

OPTIONS VOTES %
No, we shouldn't recognize gay marriage 115 58.97%
Yes, everyone should be treated the same 45 23.08%
Get the government out of all marriages 35 17.95%

Should concealed handgun permit-holders be allowed to bring guns onto public school campuses as long as they're locked in their cars?

OPTIONS VOTES %
No, we don't need guns on school grounds 175 55.38%
Yes, permit-holders are responsible 141 44.62%

Should the city of Wilson charge businesses and residents a fee for responding to false burglary and fire alarms?

OPTIONS VOTES %
No, their taxes already pay for police, fire 120 54.79%
Yes, it's a drain on city resources 81 36.99%
I'm undecided 18 8.22%

Is your family prepared for hurricane season?

OPTIONS VOTES %
We're not prepared at all 84 69.42%
We're still making our preparations 25 20.66%
We're fully stocked and have an escape plan 12 9.92%

Should state officials charge tolls to drive on Interstate 95?

OPTIONS VOTES %
No, it will hurt residents and businesses 226 65.51%
Mitigated tolls only - locals pay less 71 20.58%
Yes, it's the only way to pay for repairs 48 13.91%

What do you think about the Wilson County Board of Health's decision to fire Health Director Felix Meyer?

OPTIONS VOTES %
It's long overdue 141 62.95%
Right choice, right time 62 27.68%
It was the wrong choice 21 9.38%

Should U.S. lawmakers pass new gun control measures like an assault weapons ban, magazine capacity limits and expanded background checks?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, we need to make America safer 86 41.55%
No, the Second Amendment shouldn't be limited 71 34.3%
Expanded background checks only 50 24.15%

Should teens be required to get parents' permission to receive contraceptives and family planning services from public health departments?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, parents have a right to know 160 64.78%
No, it's a threat to teens' health 71 28.74%
I'm not sure 16 6.48%

Should state lawmakers allow city and county governments to post public notices on their own websites instead of advertising in local newspapers and on newspaper websites?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, it's a way to modernize and save money 54 45.38%
No, government sites are visited too infrequently 42 35.29%
Compromise: Cap costs for newspaper public notices 23 19.33%

What should be state lawmakers' first priority?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Reducing unemployment 96 44.24%
Cracking down on crime 36 16.59%
Lowering business, individual taxes 32 14.75%
Improving education 30 13.82%
Protecting gun rights 19 8.76%
Making government more open 4 1.84%

Should North Carolina require a government-issued photo ID in order to vote?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, it's a commonsense anti-fraud measure 224 75.68%
No, it will disenfranchise the poor and elderly 46 15.54%
Compromise: Require voter registration cards 26 8.78%

Which crimes do you think are the most prevalent and the biggest threat to Wilson's quality of life?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Drug sales and possession 116 43.12%
Assaults, rapes and killings 79 29.37%
Home and business break-ins 58 21.56%
Theft and shoplifting 7 2.6%
Car break-ins and car thefts 4 1.49%
Prostitution 3 1.12%
Speeding and traffic offenses 2 0.74%

How would the Landmark Group's plan to refurbish and replace vacant houses with multi-family rental homes affect Wilson's historic downtown neighborhoods?

OPTIONS VOTES %
It will eliminate eyesores and bring new life to downtown 98 57.65%
The project isn't compatible with historic homes 40 23.53%
It will have little or no overall effect 32 18.82%

Should North Carolina remove "education" from the N.C. Education Lottery's name and limit lottery advertising?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, players shouldn't be misled 76 56%
No, the lottery is fair and profitable as-is 60 44%

Does the Wilson County Board of Commissioners need an animal control advisory committee?

OPTIONS VOTES %
No, leave animal control to the sheriff 75 45%
Yes, but the public should have one or more seats 54 32%
Yes, commissioners should study these issues 25 15%
No, let the full Board of Commissioners decide 13 8%

Should residents requesting public records have to pay for government workers' salary and benefits while they compile the records and make copies?

OPTIONS VOTES %
No, we already pay their salaries through taxes 187 69%
Sometimes, but only for time-intensive requests 44 16%
Yes, the workers' time isn't free 41 15%

Should Wilson County Schools allow students with eyebrow, nose, lip and tongue piercings to wear their studs or rings in school?

OPTIONS VOTES %
No, it's too much of a distraction 239 71%
Yes, it's how students express themselves 97 29%

Should North Carolina keep a straight-party voting option on its ballots?

OPTIONS VOTES %
No, choose candidates individually 134 59%
Yes, it's convenient for party loyalists 92 41%

How much money will you spend on Valentine's Day gifts this year?

OPTIONS VOTES %
$1-$100 246 87%
$101-$300 25 9%
More than $500 9 3%
$301-$500 4 1%

Should high school students be allowed to use cellphones during the school day?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Only before/after school and at lunch - not in the classroom 216 57%
No, cellphones are a digital distraction 102 27%
Yes, they're old enough to use them responsibly 60 16%

Should North Carolina pass a law to prevent welfare and food stamp recipients from using their own money to buy lottery tickets?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, taxpayers are subsidizing their gambling 300 78%
No, the state shouldn't tell us how to spend 85 22%

How do you think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would feel about equality and race relations in the United States today?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Encouraged - progress made, more needed 108 41%
Discouraged - prejudice still runs rampant 87 33%
Satisfied - we've achieved equality 70 26%

Should Wilson County's animal shelter spay or neuter all dogs and cats before they're adopted?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, it's the responsible thing to do 191 67%
Make it optional if owners request it 74 26%
No, it's expensive and not required 20 7%

What's your top New Year's resolution for 2013?

OPTIONS VOTES %
I didn't make a resolution 114 52%
Weight loss/fitness 54 25%
Managing money better 34 15%
Quitting smoking 9 4%
Planning more family time 9 4%

What should Congress and the president do to avert the looming fiscal cliff?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Make deep spending cuts 112 38%
Compromise: Some tax hikes, some cuts 87 30%
Raise taxes for the wealthy 85 29%
Raise taxes for everyone 10 3%

After this month's tragic Connecticut school shooting, does the U.S. need more gun control laws?

OPTIONS VOTES %
No, criminals don't obey gun laws 138 53%
Yes, assault weapons should be banned 99 38%
Maybe, it calls for careful study 22 9%

Do you think marijuana should be legal in North Carolina?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, for medicinal and recreational use 195 45%
No, it should remain illegal 150 34%
Yes, for medicinal use only 76 17%
I'm not sure 17 4%

Should Wilson County commissioners assume direct oversight over the county health and social services departments?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Commissioners should oversee both 100 48%
Commissioners should oversee neither 82 40%
They should oversee health board only 18 9%
They should oversee DSS only 7 3%

Do you give to charity during the holiday season?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, I give sometimes 113 42%
Yes, as much as I can 79 29%
No, I can't afford it 62 23%
No, I don't want to 17 6%

How much do you plan to spend on Christmas gifts this year?

OPTIONS VOTES %
$501-$1,000 87 26%
$1-$100 67 20%
More than $1,000 62 19%
$301-$500 61 18%
$101-$300 55 17%

How do you feel about Sanderson Farms' decision not to bring an 1,100-job poultry processing plant to southern Nash County?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Satisfied - it would pollute Wilson's water supply 185 48%
Disappointed - we need those jobs 149 39%
Indifferent - we've neither gained nor lost anything 49 13%

Do you think bullying is a problem in Wilson County's public schools?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, it's a nationwide problem 250 51%
Yes, it happens here often 221 45%
No, it hardly ever happens 12 2%
No, our schools are bully-free 11 2%

Are you voting in the 2012 general election?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Yes, I voted early 335 62%
Yes, on Election Day 148 28%
No, I don't want to 41 8%
No, I'm not eligible 13 2%

After two killings in Wilson apartment complexes in two days, how safe do you feel in your community?

OPTIONS VOTES %
Fairly safe 156 35%
Extremely unsafe 123 28%
Fairly unsafe 95 21%
Extremely safe 71 16%
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