May 2012 Poll Results

Poll conducted for: WCAX, WDEV, and Vermont Business Magazine 

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Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Presidential vote choice
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Presidential vote choice Obama 59% 53% 65% 5% 71% 83% 44% 54% 66% 69%
Romney 28% 32% 23% 85% 19% 9% 35% 33% 21% 23%
Other (vol.) (please specify): 0% 1% 0%     0% 1%     1%
Niether (vol.) 6% 6% 6% 5% 7% 3% 9% 6% 4% 5%
Not sure (vol.) 6% 6% 6% 5% 5% 4% 10% 8% 7% 2%
Refused (vol.) 1% 2% 0%       1%   2% 0%
Total Count 607 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Gubernatorial vote choice
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Gubernatorial vote choice Peter Shumlin 60% 55% 66% 18% 73% 77% 52% 58% 67% 64%
Randy Brock 27% 33% 22% 75% 15% 12% 32% 31% 21% 24%
Niether (vol.) 1% 1% 2%   3%   3%   2% 1%
Not sure (vol.) 11% 10% 11% 7% 10% 11% 12% 11% 8% 10%
Refused (vol.) 1% 1% 0%       1%   2% 0%
Total Count 607 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Attorney General: Donovan or Illuzi
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Attorney General: Donovan or Illuzi TJ Donovan 46% 47% 44% 29% 47% 56% 41% 39% 54% 47%
Vince Illuzzi 24% 28% 20% 49% 20% 12% 30% 26% 25% 18%
Other (vol.) (please specify): 1% 1% 1%   1% 1% 1%     2%
Niether (vol.) 3% 2% 4% 1% 4% 3% 4% 3% 2% 3%
Not sure (vol.) 26% 20% 30% 20% 29% 28% 22% 32% 17% 29%
Refused (vol.) 1% 2% 0% 1%     1%   2% 1%
Total Count 607 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Attorney General: Sorrell or Illuzi
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Attorney General: Sorrell or Illuzi Bill Sorrell 54% 53% 55% 24% 58% 72% 52% 50% 63% 54%
Vince Illuzzi 23% 26% 21% 51% 20% 11% 27% 28% 21% 20%
Other (vol.) (please specify): 0%   0%   1%       1%  
Niether (vol.) 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 0% 5% 1% 1% 1%
Not sure (vol.) 19% 16% 21% 21% 20% 16% 14% 22% 13% 24%
Refused (vol.) 1% 2% 0% 3%     2%   2% 1%
Total Count 607 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Gov. Shumlin Approval
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Gov. Shumlin Approval Approve 65% 63% 67% 32% 70% 82% 60% 65% 65% 69%
Disapprove 23% 25% 20% 49% 15% 11% 22% 25% 18% 24%
Not sure (vol.) 12% 12% 12% 19% 15% 7% 18% 9% 16% 7%
Refused (vol.) 0% 0% 1%     0%   1% 2%  
Total Count 607 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Ltn. Gov. Scott Approval
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Ltn. Gov. Scott Approval Approve 57% 62% 52% 59% 56% 58% 62% 62% 58% 49%
Disapprove 4% 4% 3% 8% 4% 2% 4% 3% 3% 4%
Not sure (vol.) 39% 34% 43% 32% 41% 38% 34% 33% 38% 46%
Refused (vol.) 1% 1% 1% 1%   2%   2% 1% 1%
Total Count 607 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Speaker Smith Approval
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Speaker Smith Approval Approve 51% 50% 52% 32% 54% 61% 47% 50% 53% 53%
Disapprove 16% 21% 11% 35% 9% 11% 21% 14% 10% 17%
Not sure (vol.) 33% 28% 36% 34% 37% 28% 32% 36% 37% 28%
Refused (vol.) 1% 1% 1%   1% 1%   1% 1% 1%
Total Count 607 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
President Pro Tem Campbell Approval
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
President Pro Tem Campbell Approval Approve 33% 33% 33% 20% 36% 35% 32% 40% 31% 29%
Disapprove 11% 15% 7% 17% 7% 12% 10% 13% 6% 13%
Not sure (vol.) 56% 51% 60% 62% 57% 52% 58% 46% 62% 56%
Refused (vol.) 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 0%   1% 1% 2%
Total Count 607 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Vermont Legislature Approval
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Vermont Legislature Approval Approve – strongly 11% 12% 11% 3% 13% 16% 12% 11% 9% 13%
Approve 46% 39% 53% 35% 49% 53% 39% 38% 50% 53%
Disapprove 18% 20% 17% 29% 18% 11% 20% 21% 20% 14%
Disapprove – strongly 13% 18% 9% 27% 9% 8% 17% 15% 10% 12%
Not sure (vol.) 11% 11% 11% 6% 11% 11% 12% 15% 11% 8%
Refused (vol.) 0% 0% 0%   1% 0% 1%     0%
Total Count 607 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Most important problem facing the state
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Most important problem facing the state The economy 35% 36% 35% 48% 30% 35% 38% 37% 34% 33%
Taxes 12% 18% 7% 18% 13% 8% 20% 7% 12% 10%
Health care 27% 24% 30% 19% 30% 29% 20% 24% 24% 34%
Education 11% 9% 12% 4% 13% 13% 6% 11% 15% 11%
Crime 4% 4% 3% 5% 2% 4% 9% 3% 2% 1%
Or something else (please specify): 12% 10% 13% 7% 13% 11% 7% 19% 11% 10%
Total Count 604 284 318 108 199 209 138 123 131 206
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
In your opinion, should the state of Vermont continue to try and close Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant?
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
In your opinion, should the state of Vermont continue to try and close Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant? Yes, try to close Vermont Yankee 45% 37% 52% 15% 50% 58% 31% 35% 47% 58%
No, do not try to close Vermont Yankee 44% 54% 35% 72% 41% 31% 56% 54% 39% 33%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 11% 9% 13% 14% 9% 11% 13% 10% 13% 9%
Refused (vol.) 0% 0% 0%   1%     1% 1%  
Total Count 607 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you support or oppose building wind energy turbines along the state’s ridgelines?
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Do you support or oppose building wind energy turbines along the state’s ridgelines? Support it 69% 68% 71% 58% 75% 71% 65% 67% 71% 72%
Oppose it 17% 20% 14% 31% 16% 12% 20% 19% 16% 15%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 13% 12% 14% 11% 10% 17% 14% 14% 12% 13%
Refused (vol.) 0%   0%   1%       1%  
Total Count 607 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you think the Vermont state government, generally, should subsidize alternative energy generation?
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Do you think the Vermont state government, generally, should subsidize alternative energy generation? Yes, it should 63% 57% 68% 38% 70% 72% 52% 66% 63% 70%
No, it should not 24% 34% 15% 44% 20% 16% 27% 24% 23% 22%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 13% 8% 17% 18% 11% 12% 22% 11% 14% 8%
Refused (vol.) 0% 0%       0%       0%
Total Count 607 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Would you support legislation allowing someone who is terminally ill to take prescribed medicine to end his or her life?
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Would you support legislation allowing someone who is terminally ill to take prescribed medicine to end his or her life? Support such legislation 72% 74% 71% 53% 80% 79% 70% 71% 73% 75%
Oppose such legislation 20% 19% 22% 35% 15% 17% 22% 21% 19% 18%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 7% 7% 7% 13% 5% 4% 8% 8% 5% 6%
Refused (vol.) 0% 0% 1%   2%       2%  
Total Count 606 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you support or oppose the merger of CVPS and Green Mountain Power?
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Do you support or oppose the merger of CVPS and Green Mountain Power? Support merger 36% 40% 34% 35% 37% 40% 38% 37% 37% 35%
Oppose merger 29% 31% 27% 39% 29% 23% 32% 28% 31% 25%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 33% 28% 38% 25% 34% 34% 29% 35% 30% 38%
Refused (vol.) 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 2% 2%
Total Count 606 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you think that CVPS should now repay the money to its customers, or do you think that money should go toward weatherization and energy efficiency efforts?
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Do you think that CVPS should now repay the money to its customers, or do you think that money should go toward weatherization and energy efficiency efforts? Returned to rate payers 67% 71% 63% 79% 66% 58% 73% 75% 64% 59%
Put toward weatherization and energy efficiency programs 23% 20% 27% 11% 24% 33% 17% 21% 22% 31%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 10% 9% 10% 10% 10% 8% 10% 3% 13% 11%
Refused (vol.) 0%   1%   1% 0%   1% 1%  
Total Count 605 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you favor or oppose a single-payer health care system for Vermont, where health care is publicly financed?
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Do you favor or oppose a single-payer health care system for Vermont, where health care is publicly financed? Favor single-payer system 48% 44% 51% 15% 53% 61% 34% 40% 53% 59%
Oppose single-payer system 36% 41% 32% 70% 31% 23% 41% 41% 34% 30%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 16% 15% 17% 15% 17% 15% 25% 20% 12% 11%
Refused (vol.) 0% 0%   1%            
Total Count 605 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Would you favor or oppose using payroll taxes to pay for health care?
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Would you favor or oppose using payroll taxes to pay for health care? Favor 38% 36% 40% 18% 42% 50% 29% 34% 37% 48%
Oppose 38% 43% 34% 57% 37% 24% 49% 41% 34% 31%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 23% 19% 26% 24% 21% 25% 21% 24% 29% 19%
Refused (vol.) 1% 1% 0% 1% 1% 0% 1%   1% 1%
Total Count 605 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you think immunization should be required, or should parents have the right to opt out?
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Do you think immunization should be required, or should parents have the right to opt out? Immunization should be required 56% 55% 58% 58% 56% 65% 56% 56% 53% 59%
Parents should have right to opt out 35% 38% 33% 35% 36% 26% 39% 37% 34% 32%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 8% 8% 9% 6% 9% 9% 5% 7% 12% 9%
Refused (vol.) 0%   0%     0%       0%
Total Count 605 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Would you favor or oppose making it illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving in Vermont?
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Would you favor or oppose making it illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving in Vermont? Favor cell phone while driving ban 80% 77% 82% 80% 81% 79% 78% 81% 80% 79%
Oppose cell phone while driving ban 17% 20% 14% 16% 14% 18% 22% 15% 15% 15%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 4% 3% 4% 4% 5% 3% 1% 3% 5% 5%
Refused (vol.) 0% 0% 0%   1%         1%
Total Count 605 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Would you support the creation of “special property tax districts” in order to fund local development efforts, even if it means less property tax revenue for state government?
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Would you support the creation of “special property tax districts” in order to fund local development efforts, even if it means less property tax revenue for state government? Yes, support special property tax districts 29% 31% 27% 30% 32% 30% 26% 31% 34% 27%
No, do not support special property tax districts 36% 42% 30% 37% 34% 32% 42% 32% 33% 35%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 34% 25% 42% 33% 33% 36% 32% 37% 31% 37%
Refused (vol.) 1% 1% 1%   2% 2%   1% 3% 1%
Total Count 605 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
How concerned are you that the state of Vermont is losing young adults who are moving out-of-state for job opportunities?
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
How concerned are you that the state of Vermont is losing young adults who are moving out-of-state for job opportunities? Very concerned 48% 51% 45% 56% 45% 44% 53% 49% 42% 46%
Somewhat concerned 30% 24% 35% 25% 35% 32% 26% 28% 35% 31%
Concerned just a little bit 11% 12% 10% 7% 12% 11% 12% 8% 15% 11%
Not concerned at all 11% 12% 10% 10% 9% 12% 9% 14% 8% 11%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 0% 0% 0% 1% 1%     1%   0%
Total Count 605 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you favor or oppose having the federal government financially aid the U.S. Postal Service in order to continue Saturday delivery?
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Do you favor or oppose having the federal government financially aid the U.S. Postal Service in order to continue Saturday delivery? Favor 35% 33% 37% 19% 39% 37% 36% 33% 35% 34%
Oppose 58% 60% 55% 75% 53% 56% 58% 55% 58% 59%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 7% 6% 8% 6% 8% 7% 6% 11% 7% 6%
Refused (vol.) 0% 0%     1%         0%
Total Count 605 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you favor or oppose having the federal government financially aid the U.S. Postal Service in order to keep local post offices from closing down?
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Do you favor or oppose having the federal government financially aid the U.S. Postal Service in order to keep local post offices from closing down? Favor 62% 55% 69% 40% 68% 71% 58% 57% 65% 66%
Oppose 30% 38% 23% 49% 26% 23% 32% 33% 26% 29%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 8% 8% 8% 11% 7% 6% 10% 10% 9% 5%
Total Count 605 286 319 110 200 209 139 123 131 208
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Democratic Primary for Attorney General: Sorrell or Donovan?
  Total Gender Party Affiliation Level of Education
Male Female Republican Independent Democrat H.S. Diploma or less Some College College Degree Post-graduate degree
Democratic Primary for Attorney General: Sorrell or Donovan? Bill Sorrell 49% 56% 45% 50% 41% 55% 57% 45% 56% 45%
TJ Donovan

23%

19% 26%   23% 23% 26% 28% 19% 21%
Neither (vol.) 2% 4% 1%   4% 1%   2% 3% 2%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 25% 21% 27% 50% 33% 20% 17% 25% 22% 30%
Refused (vol.) 1%   1%     1%       2%
Total Count 272 108 164 2 101 141 42

 

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Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Presidential vote choice
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Presidential vote choice Obama 59% 62% 57% 54% 65% 63% 65% 53% 62% 58% 66% 55%
Romney 28% 23% 29% 31% 25% 30% 24% 29% 25% 31% 22% 31%
Other (vol.) (please specify): 0%   1%   1%   1%   1%   0% 1%
Niether (vol.) 6% 10% 7% 4% 6% 2% 5% 8% 5% 5% 7% 5%
Not sure (vol.) 6% 5% 6% 11% 4% 6% 4% 9% 6% 6% 3% 8%
Refused (vol.) 1%     1%     1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Total Count 607 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Gubernatorial vote choice
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Gubernatorial vote choice Peter Shumlin 60% 64% 59% 64% 62% 55% 63% 51% 62% 64% 67% 56%
Randy Brock 27% 21% 31% 22% 26% 31% 28% 36% 25% 27% 23% 29%
Niether (vol.) 1% 5% 1% 1%   2% 3% 3% 1% 2% 1% 2%
Not sure (vol.) 11% 10% 9% 13% 12% 13% 5% 9% 12% 7% 9% 12%
Refused (vol.) 1%           1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Total Count 607 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Attorney General: Donovan or Illuzi
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Attorney General: Donovan or Illuzi TJ Donovan 46% 41% 47% 44% 47% 42% 62% 41% 50% 39% 44% 46%
Vince Illuzzi 24% 21% 23% 25% 19% 36% 18% 28% 20% 29% 20% 27%
Other (vol.) (please specify): 1% 3%   1% 2%   1% 2% 1% 1% 2% 0%
Niether (vol.) 3% 5% 5% 4% 1% 3% 1% 2% 3% 4% 3% 3%
Not sure (vol.) 26% 31% 25% 26% 31% 19% 16% 26% 25% 27% 30% 23%
Refused (vol.) 1%           2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Total Count 607 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Attorney General: Sorrell or Illuzi
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Attorney General: Sorrell or Illuzi Bill Sorrell 54% 64% 55% 54% 54% 58% 58% 48% 56% 54% 54% 55%
Vince Illuzzi 23% 23% 24% 20% 22% 23% 22% 26% 21% 26% 19% 26%
Other (vol.) (please specify): 0%           1%   0%     0%
Niether (vol.) 2% 8% 1% 3% 1% 3%   2% 1% 3% 2% 2%
Not sure (vol.) 19% 5% 19% 23% 22% 16% 17% 23% 20% 16% 25% 15%
Refused (vol.) 1%   1%       2% 1% 2% 1% 1% 2%
Total Count 607 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Gov. Shumlin Approval
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Gov. Shumlin Approval Approve 65% 69% 60% 73% 72% 59% 64% 58% 65% 69% 72% 61%
Disapprove 23% 18% 24% 18% 20% 28% 25% 29% 22% 20% 18% 25%
Not sure (vol.) 12% 13% 15% 8% 8% 9% 11% 12% 12% 11% 10% 13%
Refused (vol.) 0%     1%   3%   1% 1%     1%
Total Count 607 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Ltn. Gov. Scott Approval
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Ltn. Gov. Scott Approval Approve 57% 62% 55% 59% 64% 52% 54% 57% 55% 59% 48% 62%
Disapprove 4% 3% 2% 4% 7% 2% 5% 8% 3% 3% 5% 3%
Not sure (vol.) 39% 36% 42% 38% 27% 44% 42% 33% 42% 37% 46% 34%
Refused (vol.) 1%   1%   2% 3%   2% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Total Count 607 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Speaker Smith Approval
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Speaker Smith Approval Approve 51% 44% 50% 54% 54% 42% 55% 44% 50% 55% 49% 52%
Disapprove 16% 15% 18% 16% 11% 25% 14% 17% 16% 16% 14% 17%
Not sure (vol.) 33% 41% 32% 30% 34% 31% 30% 38% 34% 28% 36% 30%
Refused (vol.) 1%       1% 2% 2% 1% 1% 1% 0% 1%
Total Count 607 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
President Pro Tem Campbell Approval
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
President Pro Tem Campbell Approval Approve 33% 38% 37% 34% 34% 34% 31% 39% 28% 36% 28% 36%
Disapprove 11% 10% 10% 10% 7% 14% 14% 12% 12% 8% 12% 10%
Not sure (vol.) 56% 51% 53% 56% 56% 52% 53% 47% 59% 55% 59% 53%
Refused (vol.) 1%       2%   3% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Total Count 607 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Vermont Legislature Approval
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Vermont Legislature Approval Approve – strongly 11% 8% 15% 15% 12% 5% 9% 7% 12% 14% 13% 10%
Approve 46% 51% 41% 48% 45% 47% 54% 48% 48% 43% 53% 42%
Disapprove 18% 13% 19% 16% 22% 22% 16% 23% 17% 17% 13% 22%
Disapprove – strongly 13% 8% 16% 10% 11% 17% 13% 12% 14% 12% 11% 14%
Not sure (vol.) 11% 21% 8% 11% 11% 9% 7% 10% 8% 14% 11% 10%
Refused (vol.) 0%     1%     1%   0% 1%   1%
Total Count 607 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Most important problem facing the state
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Most important problem facing the state The economy 35% 44% 36% 38% 27% 36% 38% 29% 38% 33% 31% 38%
Taxes 12% 5% 15% 10% 14% 17% 11% 14% 12% 12% 11% 13%
Health care 27% 28% 25% 26% 27% 27% 30% 23% 29% 25% 27% 27%
Education 11% 5% 8% 10% 14% 9% 10% 22% 7% 11% 16% 7%
Crime 4% 5% 4% 6% 1% 6% 2% 3% 3% 6% 2% 5%
Or something else (please specify): 12% 13% 13% 11% 15% 5% 9% 8% 12% 14% 14% 10%
Total Count 604 39 110 114 84 64 110 90 317 178 238 361
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
In your opinion, should the state of Vermont continue to try and close Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant?
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
In your opinion, should the state of Vermont continue to try and close Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant? Yes, try to close Vermont Yankee 45% 46% 36% 48% 46% 45% 45% 33% 49% 42% 55% 38%
No, do not try to close Vermont Yankee 44% 46% 52% 36% 46% 45% 46% 51% 42% 46% 35% 50%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 11% 8% 12% 14% 8% 9% 8% 16% 9% 12% 10% 11%
Refused (vol.) 0%     2%           1% 0% 0%
Total Count 607 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you support or oppose building wind energy turbines along the state’s ridgelines?
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Do you support or oppose building wind energy turbines along the state’s ridgelines? Support it 69% 77% 67% 69% 76% 63% 70% 73% 73% 62% 71% 69%
Oppose it 17% 5% 23% 15% 16% 23% 14% 12% 16% 22% 14% 19%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 13% 15% 10% 16% 7% 14% 16% 14% 11% 16% 15% 12%
Refused (vol.) 0% 3%             0%     0%
Total Count 607 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you think the Vermont state government, generally, should subsidize alternative energy generation?
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Do you think the Vermont state government, generally, should subsidize alternative energy generation? Yes, it should 63% 46% 68% 70% 72% 52% 70% 66% 66% 59% 70% 59%
No, it should not 24% 23% 23% 20% 18% 34% 24% 23% 25% 22% 22% 25%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 13% 31% 10% 10% 11% 13% 6% 11% 9% 19% 8% 16%
Refused (vol.) 0%         2%           0%
Total Count 607 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Would you support legislation allowing someone who is terminally ill to take prescribed medicine to end his or her life?
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Would you support legislation allowing someone who is terminally ill to take prescribed medicine to end his or her life? Support such legislation 72% 67% 72% 75% 74% 78% 75% 77% 75% 69% 74% 72%
Oppose such legislation 20% 23% 22% 18% 24% 19% 13% 18% 17% 26% 17% 22%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 7% 8% 6% 6% 2% 3% 11% 6% 8% 6% 9% 6%
Refused (vol.) 0% 3%   1%     1%   1%     1%
Total Count 606 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you support or oppose the merger of CVPS and Green Mountain Power?
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Do you support or oppose the merger of CVPS and Green Mountain Power? Support merger 36% 36% 32% 36% 33% 33% 50% 34% 38% 37% 35% 37%
Oppose merger 29% 23% 28% 29% 36% 38% 16% 36% 27% 27% 26% 30%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 33% 41% 39% 35% 28% 28% 30% 28% 34% 36% 37% 31%
Refused (vol.) 1%   1%   2% 2% 4% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Total Count 606 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you think that CVPS should now repay the money to its customers, or do you think that money should go toward weatherization and energy efficiency efforts?
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Do you think that CVPS should now repay the money to its customers, or do you think that money should go toward weatherization and energy efficiency efforts? Returned to rate payers 67% 69% 71% 68% 61% 67% 58% 58% 65% 73% 59% 72%
Put toward weatherization and energy efficiency programs 23% 15% 21% 21% 27% 27% 32% 34% 24% 17% 31% 19%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 10% 15% 7% 11% 11% 6% 10% 8% 10% 9% 10% 9%
Refused (vol.) 0%   1%   1%       0% 1%   1%
Total Count 605 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you favor or oppose a single-payer health care system for Vermont, where health care is publicly financed?
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Do you favor or oppose a single-payer health care system for Vermont, where health care is publicly financed? Favor single-payer system 48% 46% 41% 50% 54% 42% 53% 46% 49% 46% 59% 40%
Oppose single-payer system 36% 26% 37% 34% 36% 38% 38% 47% 34% 34% 32% 39%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 16% 28% 22% 16% 9% 20% 9% 8% 17% 20% 9% 21%
Refused (vol.) 0%                     0%
Total Count 605 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Would you favor or oppose using payroll taxes to pay for health care?
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Would you favor or oppose using payroll taxes to pay for health care? Favor 38% 33% 37% 40% 36% 42% 42% 39% 41% 33% 47% 32%
Oppose 38% 44% 39% 33% 41% 39% 38% 42% 37% 39% 35% 40%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 23% 23% 24% 26% 21% 17% 19% 19% 22% 26% 17% 26%
Refused (vol.) 1%       1% 2% 1%   1% 2% 0% 1%
Total Count 605 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you think immunization should be required, or should parents have the right to opt out?
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Do you think immunization should be required, or should parents have the right to opt out? Immunization should be required 56% 46% 46% 61% 56% 55% 63% 49% 56% 62% 58% 56%
Parents should have right to opt out 35% 46% 46% 31% 36% 33% 27% 42% 37% 29% 32% 37%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 8% 8% 8% 9% 7% 13% 10% 9% 7% 9% 10% 7%
Refused (vol.) 0%               0%   0%  
Total Count 605 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Would you favor or oppose making it illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving in Vermont?
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Would you favor or oppose making it illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving in Vermont? Favor cell phone while driving ban 80% 77% 86% 79% 74% 72% 79% 68% 76% 90% 75% 82%
Oppose cell phone while driving ban 17% 18% 12% 17% 19% 23% 16% 27% 19% 7% 18% 15%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 4% 5% 2% 4% 6% 5% 4% 4% 4% 3% 6% 2%
Refused (vol.) 0%       1%   1% 1% 0%   0% 0%
Total Count 605 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Would you support the creation of “special property tax districts” in order to fund local development efforts, even if it means less property tax revenue for state government?
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Would you support the creation of “special property tax districts” in order to fund local development efforts, even if it means less property tax revenue for state government? Yes, support special property tax districts 29% 23% 23% 32% 31% 28% 38% 33% 29% 28% 33% 26%
No, do not support special property tax districts 36% 31% 43% 28% 39% 39% 29% 47% 33% 36% 33% 38%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 34% 46% 32% 39% 31% 30% 30% 19% 38% 35% 33% 34%
Refused (vol.) 1%   2%     3% 3% 1% 1% 2% 0% 2%
Total Count 605 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
How concerned are you that the state of Vermont is losing young adults who are moving out-of-state for job opportunities?
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
How concerned are you that the state of Vermont is losing young adults who are moving out-of-state for job opportunities? Very concerned 48% 46% 44% 46% 48% 52% 49% 48% 48% 46% 42% 51%
Somewhat concerned 30% 23% 35% 39% 27% 28% 27% 24% 31% 32% 34% 28%
Concerned just a little bit 11% 21% 9% 6% 16% 9% 13% 17% 13% 7% 12% 11%
Not concerned at all 11% 10% 12% 7% 8% 11% 11% 11% 8% 14% 12% 10%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 0%     2%         0% 1%   1%
Total Count 605 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you favor or oppose having the federal government financially aid the U.S. Postal Service in order to continue Saturday delivery?
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Do you favor or oppose having the federal government financially aid the U.S. Postal Service in order to continue Saturday delivery? Favor 35% 59% 35% 29% 31% 23% 37% 30% 33% 39% 34% 35%
Oppose 58% 31% 59% 61% 61% 64% 60% 62% 62% 51% 60% 57%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 7% 8% 5% 10% 8% 13% 3% 7% 6% 11% 6% 8%
Refused (vol.) 0% 3%           1%     0%  
Total Count 605 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Do you favor or oppose having the federal government financially aid the U.S. Postal Service in order to keep local post offices from closing down?
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Do you favor or oppose having the federal government financially aid the U.S. Postal Service in order to keep local post offices from closing down? Favor 62% 74% 60% 63% 66% 56% 58% 72% 61% 59% 61% 63%
Oppose 30% 18% 31% 29% 29% 34% 35% 22% 32% 30% 30% 29%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 8% 8% 9% 8% 5% 9% 7% 6% 7% 11% 9% 7%
Total Count 605 39 111 114 85 64 110 90 318 180 239 363
Castleton Polling Institute -- May 2012
WCAX -WDEV - Vermont Business Magazine Poll
Democratic Primary for Attorney General: Sorrell or Donovan?
  Total Household Income Voter Age Number of years in Vermont
Less than $20K $20K to $40K $40K to less than $60K 60K to less than $80K $80K to less than $100K More than $100K Under 45 45 to 64 65 and older 30 years or less 31 years or more
Democratic Primary for Attorney General: Sorrell or Donovan? Bill Sorrell 49% 57% 52% 48% 54% 37% 53% 42% 50% 52% 48% 51%
TJ Donovan 23% 29% 30% 22% 15% 23% 24% 26% 21% 24% 21% 24%
Neither (vol.) 2% 7%     5%   2% 3% 2% 1% 1% 3%
Not sure / It depends (vol.) 25% 7% 17% 30% 27% 37% 20% 26% 26% 23% 29% 22%
Refused (vol.) 1%   2%     3%   3% 1%   2%  
Total Count 272 14 54 54 41 30 49 38 150 79 128 143