An Indy Politics/Change Research survey of more than 1,000 Hoosiers shows the COVID-19 outbreak is having an impact on their attitudes towards certain issues like teacher pay, voting by mail and legalized marijuana.
The survey, conducted April 10-13, showed 62 percent of likely voters were more likely to support increasing teacher pay since the outbreak hit, while 29 percent said COVID-19 made no difference in their opinion, while and nine percent were less likely to support raises for teachers.
In addition, 55 percent said they were more likely to support remote learning and virtual schools, while 10 percent said they were less likely. Thirty-five percent said it made no difference.
And 47 percent said they were more likely to support voting by mail because of the outbreak, but 36 percent said they were less likely.
Indiana schools have been closed and Hoosiers have been under a stay in place order for nearly a month which has given them time to reflect on these issues since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Here is a breakdown of attitudes in other areas.
- 61 percent said they were more likely to support increased funding for mental health programs.
- 48 percent support increasing funding for childcare, 43 percent said COVID-19 made no difference.
- 46 percent said they were more likely to support increasing the minimum wage, while 18 percent said they were less likely.
- 79 percent said they were more likely to support policies to bring manufacturing jobs back to Indiana.
- 47 percent said they more likely to support legalizing marijuana for medicinal use, 38 percent said it made no difference and 14 percent said it made them less likely.
- 40 percent said they were more likely to support legalizing marijuana for recreational use; 39 percent said it made no difference; 21 percent said they were less likely to support recreational marijuana.
The final sample size was 1,021 interviews collected across the state between April 10–13, 2020. Change Research used its Dynamic Online Sampling to achieve a sample reflective of the likely November electorate. The margin of error, as traditionally calculated at the 95% confidence level, is 3.1%. Post-stratification was performed on age, gender, ethnicity, education, geography, and 2016 vote.
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