FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2017
New Comprehensive Statewide Poll Shows Alaskans’ Shifting Opinions on the Permanent Fund Dividend, and Various Means of Closing the State’s Fiscal Gap
JUNEAU — Today, Senator Bill Wielechowski shared results of the most comprehensive poll conducted in Alaska in at least the last 30 years regarding the Permanent Fund. The poll measures Alaskans’ opinions and attitudes regarding the fiscal crisis, the Permanent Fund, and several courses of action that could be taken by the state to narrow or eliminate the current fiscal gap.
In some cases the poll mirrored questions from a 1984 poll conducted by the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) to compare how attitudes of Alaskans about the Permanent Fund and its role in Alaska’s fiscal landscape have changed over the years.
More than a thousand Alaskans were surveyed across the state between March 22, and April 2 of this year – statistically correlating with the ratio of Alaska’s number of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats. The margin of error in the poll is 3.1%.
“An informed public is critical to ensure that state government works for the people it is supposed to represent,” said Sen. Wielechowski. “When I became aware of this information, I wanted to share it with my constituents, the people of Alaska, and my colleagues in the legislature.”
Attached are the poll questions, and representational graphs of Alaskans’ responses.
For more information, contact TJ Presley in Senator Wielechowski’s office at 907-465-2435.