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2017 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%

64%

63%

59%

 

 

No

21%

22%

20%

18%

20%

38%

21%

20%

20%

22%

27%

 

 

Undecided

13%

9%

9%

17%

16%

15%

17%

16%

16%

15%

13%

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 data

no data

no data

 

 

No

no data

no data

no data

no data

35%

44%

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

 

 

Undecided

no data

no data

no data

no data

18%

20%

no data

no data

no data

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%

34%

42%

no data

 

 

No

no data

no data

no data

no data

27%

37%

39%

42%

40%

33%

no data

 

 

Undecided

no data

no data

no data

no data

19%

22%

21%

25%

26%

25%

no data

4

Should the use of marijuana for medical purposes be legalized?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

49%

41%

43%

45%

41%

42%

46%

52%

57%

55%

66%

 

 

No

38%

42%

43%

34%

42%

48%

45%

37%

32%

33%

27%

 

 

Undecided

13%

17%

13%

21%

14%

10%

9%

11%

11%

11%

13%

5

Should the drinking age be lowered to 18?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

39%

39%

34%

34%

35%

31%

30%

31%

28%

33%

34%

 

 

No

54%

54%

61%

53%

55%

64%

63%

62%

65%

61%

57%

 

 

Undecided

7%

7%

5%

14%

7%

6%

7%

6%

6%

6%

9%

6

Should abortion continue to be legal?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

32%

32%

35%

32%

33%

34%

34%

39%

37%

38%

40%

 

 

No

56%

58%

55%

51%

52%

54%

51%

47%

50%

47%

45%

 

 

Undecided

11%

10%

10%

18%

12%

12%

15%

14%

13%

15%

15%

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%

10%

11%

no data

 

 

No

no data

no data

no data

no data

78%

81%

77%

78%

78%

75%

no data

 

 

Undecided

no data

no data

no data

no data

11%

10%

13%

11%

12%

14%

no data

8

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

72%

47%

50%

no data

49%

50%

58%

57%

60%

62%

no data

 

 

No

21%

38%

33%

no data

33%

34%

25%

23%

20%

18%

no data

 

 

Undecided

7%

15%

18%

no data

15%

17%

18%

19%

20%

19%

no data

9

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

31%

31%

22%

27%

33%

40%

43%

38%

38%

33%

no data

 

 

No

56%

57%

70%

52%

50%

48%

44%

49%

49%

54%

no data

 

 

Undecided

13%

12%

9%

21%

14%

12%

13%

13%

13%

13%

no data

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%

27%

27%

21%

 

 

No

no data

no data

no data

no data

53%

47%

56%

51%

52%

52%

52%

 

 

Undecided

no data

no data

no data

no data

17%

17%

22%

22%

20%

21%

26%

11

Generally, how do you classify your political opinions?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conservative

39%

39%

46%

41%

45%

40%

40%

42%

38%

42%

44%

 

 

Moderate

41%

44%

37%

43%

37%

47%

46%

38%

44%

39%

40%

 

 

Liberal

20%

16%

17%

16%

15%

14%

14%

20%

17%

18%

17%

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%

85%

70%

62%

 

 

Public Services

no data

no data

19%

no data

9%

10%

7%

5%

7%

16%

16%

 

 

Infrastructure (road, bridges, etc.)

no data

no data

9%

no data

11%

9%

10%

8%

8%

14%

22%

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%

12%

23%

no data

 

 

Public Services

no data

no data

51%

no data

38%

48%

45%

40%

50%

45%

no data

 

 

Infrastructure  (road, bridges, etc.)

no data

no data

29%

no data

41%

37%

40%

47%

38%

31%

no data

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%

18%

32%

no data

 

 

Economy

no data

no data

69%

no data

68%

79%

80%

75%

74%

59%

no data

 

 

Health Care

no data

no data

14%

no data

12%

6%

6%

9%

8%

10%

no data

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%

44%

40%

no data

 

 

Economy

no data

no data

25%

no data

23%

17%

17%

21%

22%

33%

no data

 

 

Health Care

no data

no data

42%

no data

29%

39%

37%

31%

34%

27%

no data

16

What is the most important political issue to you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economy

no data

no data

47%

no data

52%

58%

67%

61%

67%

45%

34%

 

 

National Security

no data

no data

13%

no data

16%

11%

11%

12%

12%

24%

19%

 

 

Immigration

no data

no data

6%

no data

5%

8%

6%

5%

6%

8%

15%

 

 

Energy

no data

no data

25%

no data

15%

18%

11%

13%

14%

15%

16%

 

 

Health Care

no data

no data

9%

no data

9%

5%

5%

8%

8%

8%

17%

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%

42%

48%

53%

 

 

Nuclear

no data

no data

no data

no data

25%

28%

25%

27%

30%

30%

26%

 

 

Wind

no data

no data

no data

no data

14%

17%

17%

15%

17%

13%

11%

   

Clean Coal

no data

no data

no data

no data

4%

5%

6%

5%

6%

5%

6%

   

Ethanol

no data

no data

no data

no data

15%

11%

8%

9%

5%

5%

3%

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%

32%

31%

30%

 

 

No

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

52%

66%

42%

47%

47%

40%

 

 

Undecided

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

21%

16%

19%

20%

21%

30

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%

27%

31%

32%

 

 

Sanctions against employers

no data

no data

no data

no data

9%

14%

11%

8%

14%

8%

6%

 

 

Pathway to citizenship

no data

no data

no data

no data

24%

29%

37%

42%

37%

38%

40%

   

Employee sponsorship program

no data

no data

no data

no data

4%

4%

5%

7%

5%

6%

4%

   

Increased enforcement of current laws 

no data

no data

no data

no data

12%

20%

18%

18%

18%

17%

17%

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

no data

no data

no data

 

 

Probably Barack Obama

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

15%

no data

no data

no data

no data

 

 

Undecided

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

28%

no data

no data

no data

no data

 

 

Probably Mitt Romney

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

20%

no data

no data

no data

no data

 

 

Definitely Mitt Romney

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

19%

no data

no data

no data

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%

35%

37%

32%

 

 

Be repealed completely

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

45%

38%

38%

39%

16%

 

 

Only the Individual Mandate should be repealed

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

32%

20%

26%

23%

no data

 

 

Move to a one payer system

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

7%

 

 

Replace with new system

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

44%

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%

4%

5%

no data

 

 

Reduce Spending

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

40%

43%

44%

no data

 

 

Both

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

52%

52%

50%

no data

23

Should the United State commit troops on the ground to combat the self-proclaimed Islamic State and ISIS?

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

66%

 

 

No

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

34%

24

What do you believe should be the US policy toward gun use and ownership?

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

We need strictrer restrictions on gun ownership.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

29%

 

 

Gun laws should remain the same as they are.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

52%

 

 

We need fewer restrictions on gun ownership.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

19%

25

Which comes closer to your view about how to handle undocumented immigrants who are now living in the U.S.?

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allowed to stay with requirements.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

63%

 

 

Not allowed to stay.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

37%%

26

In your opinion, which is a greater threat to the United States?

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terrorism.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

72%%

 

 

Gun Violence.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

28%%

27

Do you believe that police officers should or should not be required to wear video recorders to monitor their policing?

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

75%%

 

 

Should not.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

25%%

28

From what you know, do you think the Common Core education standards are a good idea or a bad idea?

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very good idea.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

5%

 

 

Pretty good idea.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

34%

 

 

Pretty bad idea.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

33%

 

 

Very bad idea.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

28%

29

Do you agree or disagree that tax dollars should be used to allow for all public college to be free for students?

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strongly agree.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

16%

 

 

Somewhat agree.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

28%

 

 

Somewhat disagree.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

23%

 

 

Strongly disagree.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

33%

30

Do you believe that Russia interfered with the 2016 election?

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

No.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

20%

 

 

Yes, but it DID NOT change the outcome.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

54%

 

 

Yes, and it DID change the outcome.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

11%

 

 

Yes, and the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

14%

31

Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Trump is handling his job as President?

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approve.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

55%

 

 

Disapprove.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

44%

32

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Governor Greitens is handling his job as Governor?

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approve.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

76%

 

 

Disapprove.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

23%

33

How do you feel the U.S. should deal with North Korea?

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue sanctions (no change).

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

26%

 

 

Utilize China and Russia to influence North Korea.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

35%

 

 

Increase military defense of South Korea and Japan.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

28%

 

 

Preemptive military strike.

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

no data

11%

 

 
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