Dan Barlow has a piece in today’s Rutland Herald about State Senator Bill Doyle’s annual Town Meeting poll, which he’s conducted every year since 1969…
Each year’s questions seem to reflect the top issues of the time — although there are questions that pop up year after year — a question on increasing the gas tax to fund roads and bridges pops up both in 1990 and on this year’s list.
Questions during the 1970s often focused on the environment — including a 1974 question on rationing gas coupons and a 1976 question asking if smoking should be prohibited in parts of public buildings. War was on the mind of Vermonters during the early years of the ’70s, as shown in a question from the poll’s second year that asked if veterans should be given an additional $120 for their service in the “Vietnam crisis.”
Many of the questions from the 1980s focused on economics, education and infrastructure, including a 1987 question on raising the interstate speed limit to 65 and a 1981 question on casino gambling in the state.
Questions during the 1990s often centered on recycling, mandatory seat-belt laws and some “hot button” issues, including questions in 1992 on welfare and abortions and a 1999 question that asked if minors who make bomb threats should be charged as adults.
Read the whole article. Here are this year’s poll questions:
- Should drivers be prohibited from using cell phones while driving?
- Do you support same-sex marriage?
- Should Vermont take the lead in addressing climate change?
- Should Vermont lease its lottery?
- Are you optimistic about Vermont’s economy?
- Do you support the legalization of hemp?
- Should jail time be removed for the possession of one ounce of marijuana?
- Do you support a four-year term for governor?
- Do you support a four-year term for legislators?
- Should Vermont Yankee’s license be renewed in 2012?
- Should the gas tax be increased to improve our roads and bridges?
- Do you believe the Vermont Legislature is doing a good job?
- Do you believe Gov. Douglas is doing a good job?
- Consider expressing your preference for the 2008 presidential election: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee, John McCain.
Exit Voices readers are encouraged to answer these questions in the comments.