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2013 Missouri Boys State Citizen Opinion Poll

Citizens discuss their party's paltform.

Every year a Citizen Poll is conducted at Missouri Boys State. The questions address basic current event issues that face Missouri's youth. Below are the results of this year's poll along with previous years to see the trends on different opinions.

Click here to see this year's poll.

 

 

 

 

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1

Should Missouri continue to use the death penalty?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

Yes

66%

 

68%

 

71%

 

65%

 

60%

 

47%

 

62%

 

64%

 

 

No

21%

 

22%

 

20%

 

18%

 

20%

 

38%

 

21%

 

20%

 

 

Undecided

13%

 

9%

 

9%

 

17%

 

16%

 

15%

 

17%

 

16%

2

Do you think the United States should maintain a military presence in Iraq?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

45%

 

35%

 

no data

 

no data

 

 

No

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

35%

 

44%

 

no data

 

no data

 

 

Undecided

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

18%

 

20%

 

no data

 

no data

3

Do you think the United States should maintain a military presence in Afghanistan?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

52%

 

41%

 

40%

 

32%

 

 

No

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

27%

 

37%

 

39%

 

42%

 

 

Undecided

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

19%

 

22%

 

21%

 

25%

4

Should the use of marijuana for medical purposes be legalized?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

49%

 

41%

 

43%

 

45%

 

41%

 

42%

 

46%

 

52%

 

 

No

38%

 

42%

 

43%

 

34%

 

42%

 

48%

 

45%

 

37%

 

 

Undecided

13%

 

17%

 

13%

 

21%

 

14%

 

10%

 

9%

 

11%

5

Should the drinking age be lowered to 18?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

39%

 

39%

 

34%

 

34%

 

35%

 

31%

 

30%

 

31%

 

 

No

54%

 

54%

 

61%

 

53%

 

55%

 

64%

 

63%

 

62%

 

 

Undecided

7%

 

7%

 

5%

 

14%

 

7%

 

6%

 

7%

 

6%

6

Should abortion continue to be legal?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

32%

 

32%

 

35%

 

32%

 

33%

 

34%

 

34%

 

39%

 

 

No

56%

 

58%

 

55%

 

51%

 

52%

 

54%

 

51%

 

47%

 

 

Undecided

11%

 

10%

 

10%

 

18%

 

12%

 

12%

 

15%

 

14%

7

Do you think federal or state governments should provide funding for abortions?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

9%

 

9%

 

9%

 

10%

 

 

No

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

78%

 

81%

 

77%

 

78%

 

 

Undecided

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

11%

 

10%

 

13%

 

11%

8

Do you think the government should provide funding for stem cell research?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

72%

 

47%

 

50%

 

no data

 

49%

 

50%

 

58%

 

57%

 

 

No

21%

 

38%

 

33%

 

no data

 

33%

 

34%

 

25%

 

23%

 

 

Undecided

7%

 

15%

 

18%

 

no data

 

15%

 

17%

 

18%

 

19%

9

Should student [End of Course Testing] MAP scores affect their school’s funding from the state government?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

31%

 

31%

 

22%

 

27%

 

33%

 

40%

 

43%

 

38%

 

 

No

56%

 

57%

 

70%

 

52%

 

50%

 

48%

 

44%

 

49%

 

 

Undecided

13%

 

12%

 

9%

 

21%

 

14%

 

12%

 

13%

 

13%

10

Should the U.S. require some sort of mandatory public service (Peace/AmeriCorps, etc?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

27%

 

36%

 

23%

 

27%

 

 

No

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

53%

 

47%

 

56%

 

51%

 

 

Undecided

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

17%

 

17%

 

22%

 

22%

11

Generally, how do you classify your political opinions?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conservative

39%

 

39%

 

46%

 

41%

 

45%

 

40%

 

40%

 

42%

 

 

Moderate

41%

 

44%

 

37%

 

43%

 

37%

 

47%

 

46%

 

38%

 

 

Liberal

20%

 

16%

 

17%

 

16%

 

15%

 

14%

 

14%

 

20%

12

What should the primary focus of the STATE government be right now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education

no data

 

no data

 

72%

 

no data

 

77%

 

81%

 

82%

 

87%

 

 

Public Services

no data

 

no data

 

19%

 

no data

 

9%

 

10%

 

7%

 

5%

 

 

Infrastructure (road, bridges, etc.)

no data

 

no data

 

9%

 

no data

 

11%

 

9%

 

10%

 

8%

13

What should the second focus of the STATE government be right now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education

no data

 

no data

 

21%

 

no data

 

17%

 

15%

 

15%

 

12%

 

 

Public Services

no data

 

no data

 

51%

 

no data

 

38%

 

48%

 

45%

 

40%

 

 

Infrastructure  (road, bridges, etc.)

no data

 

no data

 

29%

 

no data

 

41%

 

37%

 

40%

 

47%

14

What should the primary focus of the Federal government be right now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Security

no data

 

no data

 

17%

 

no data

 

18%

 

15%

 

14%

 

16%

 

 

Economy

no data

 

no data

 

69%

 

no data

 

68%

 

79%

 

80%

 

75%

 

 

Health Care

no data

 

no data

 

14%

 

no data

 

12%

 

6%

 

6%

 

9%

15

What should the second focus of the Federal government be right now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Security

no data

 

no data

 

33%

 

no data

 

45%

 

44%

 

45%

 

46%

 

 

Economy

no data

 

no data

 

25%

 

no data

 

23%

 

17%

 

17%

 

21%

 

 

Health Care

no data

 

no data

 

42%

 

no data

 

29%

 

39%

 

37%

 

31%

16

What is the most important political issue to you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economy

no data

 

no data

 

47%

 

no data

 

52%

 

58%

 

67%

 

61%

 

 

National Security

no data

 

no data

 

13%

 

no data

 

16%

 

11%

 

11%

 

12%

 

 

Immigration

no data

 

no data

 

6%

 

no data

 

5%

 

8%

 

6%

 

5%

 

 

Energy

no data

 

no data

 

25%

 

no data

 

15%

 

18%

 

11%

 

13%

 

 

Health Care

no data

 

no data

 

9%

 

no data

 

9%

 

5%

 

5%

 

8%

17

Which form of alternative energy should the U.S. apply its resources to?

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

   

 

 

Solar

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

39%

 

40%

 

44%

 

45%

 

 

Nuclear

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

25%

 

28%

 

25%

 

27%

 

 

Wind

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

14%

 

17%

 

17%

 

15%

   

Clean Coal

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

4%

 

5%

 

6%

 

5%

   

Ethanol

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

15%

 

11%

 

8%

 

9%

18

Should the federal government mandate health care for all citizens?

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

   

 

 

Yes

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

27%

 

17%

 

39%

 

 

No

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

52%

 

66%

 

42%

 

 

Undecided

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

21%

 

16%

 

19%

19

What do you think is the most effective measure in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration?

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

   

 

 

More border security

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

48%

 

33%

 

29%

 

24%

 

 

Sanctions against employers

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

9%

 

14%

 

11%

 

8%

 

 

Pathway to citizenship

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

24%

 

29%

 

37%

 

42%

   

Employee sponsorship program

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

4%

 

4%

 

5%

 

7%

   

Increased enforcement of current laws 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

12%

 

20%

 

18%

 

18%

20

If the presidential election were held today, how would you vote?

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

   

 

 

Definitely Barack Obama

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

17%

 

no data

 

 

Probably Barack Obama

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

15%

 

no data

 

 

Undecided

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

28%

 

no data

 

 

Probably Mitt Romney

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

20%

 

no data

 

 

Definitely Mitt Romney

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

19%

 

no data

21

Should the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (National health care reform law):

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

   

 

 

Stand as is

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

22%

 

39%

 

 

Be repealed completely

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

45%

 

38%

 

 

Only the Individual Mandate should be repealed

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

32%

 

20%

22

How should the federal government reduce the National Debt and annual deficit?

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

   

 

 

Raise Taxes

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

7%

 

 

Reduce Spending

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

40%

 

 

Both

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

no data

 

52%

 

 
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