Minnesota Report

State Senate

 2016 State Fair Poll Questions (Choose one answer per question)




Minneapolis/St. Paul

Rural Suburban Regional hub of at least 40,000 people (Rochester, Duluth, St. Cloud, Mankato, Moorhead)

Another state

No answer






65 and older

No answer

1. Should Minnesota law prohibit motorists from talking on cell phones while driving unless they use hands-free technology?

A) Yes

B) Ys, except when a driver needs tot make a call to obtain emergency assistance

C) No

D) Undecided/No Opinion

2. Legislation introduced in 2018 would require secondary school students begin class no earlier than 8:30 a.m. and elementary school students be picked up on the school bus no earlier than 7:00 a.m.

A) Yes

B) Yes, but only with additional state aid or local property tax authority to pay for additional buses, if necessary

C) No, this decision should be left to local school boards

D) Undecided/No Opinion

3. Which of the following methods is the best way to provide additional state-level funding for roads and bridges?

A) Increase the gas tax

B) Increase the sales tax paid on the purchase of a new or used vehicle

C) Increase the fee paid on license tabs

D) Constitutionally require the existing sales tax on auto parts to be used for roads and bridges

E) Increase the total amount of trunk highway bonds issued each year to pay for projects

F) Impose a tax based on the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT)

G) I don’t think additional funding is necessary

H) Undecided/No Opinion

4. Should the state primary election be moved up from the second Tuesday in August to the first Tuesday after the third Monday in June?

A) Yes

B) No

C) Undecided/No Opinion

5. Anglers have debated whether muskies are causing harm to walleye populations in Minnesota lakes. Should the Legislature prohibit muskies from being stocked in waters where they haven’t previously been stocked?

A) Yes, prohibit stocking in any new lakes that do not already have a known muskie population

B) No, allow the stocking of muskies in selected new lakes as determined by the DNR

C) Enact a temporary moratorium on muskie stocking in new lakes until a study is complete about the effects of muskie stocking on other game fish populations

D) Undecided/No Opinion

6.The Legislature in 2018 proposed that the commissioner of education assign each public school district, school site and charter school a single summary rating based on academic achievement and progress, progress toward English language proficiency, graduation rates and consistent attendance rates. Which or the following most closely describes your position?

A) A single summary rating allows parents, students and other community members to effectively compare and evaluate schools

B) Schools cannot be accurately and effectively summarized in a single rating

C) Undecided/No Opinion

7. What should Minnesota do with the estimated revenue gain from conforming the state’s tax code to federal tax code changes?

A) Reduce taxes for businesses and individuals

B) Provide tax reductions that are targeted to families with incomes less than a certain amount

C) Direct the increased revenue toward state budget spending (such as education, healthcare, transportation, etc.)

D) Deposit it in the state budget reserve account

E) Undecided/No Opinion

8. Should the state impose a quantity limit on opiate prescriptions that health care practioners can prescribe for acute pain?

A) No

B) Yes, uo to a fourteen-day limit

C) Yes, up to a seven-day limit

D) Yes, up to a three-day limit

E) Undecided/No Opinion

9. The U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down a Minnesota law that prohibited political apparel in polling places because it violated the freedom of speech protections granted by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

However, the court indicate that some kinds of political clothing and accessories can be prohibited in polling places. What should be Minnesota’s policy towards wearing political apparel while voting?

A) There should be no restrictions on apparel in the polling place

B) There should be a prohibition on apparele that refers to candidates, parties or ballot questions that appear on the ballot at that election

C) There should be a prohibition on apparel that refers by name to a candidate that appears on the ballot at the election

D) Undecided/No Opinion

10. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is preparing new groundwater protection rules that include proposed restrictions on the use of nitrogen fertilizer on farm fields.

The current rulemaking process allows for the new rules to be adopted December 2018. Do you think the Legislature should make the final determination or whether these rules are implemented?

A) Yes

B) No

C) Undecided/No Opinion

11.What is your preferred way to influence legislators regarding issues you care about?

A) Calling by phone to leave a message with the elected official’s office

B) Sending an e-mail to the elected official’s office

C) Making an appointment to meet with the elected official in person

D) Voting in the election

E) Attening a public meeting or event where legislation is being acted on

F)Attending a twon hall meeting where issues and concerns are being discussed

G) Writing a post on the elected official’s social media account (such as Facebook and Twiter)

H) Undecided/No Opinion