While a plurality of the respondents to our informal Indy Politics End of Year Survey said lawmakers top priority should be balancing the budget and keeping the surplus in place, they were somewhat split over whose responsibility it is to increase teacher pay.

Increasing teacher pay is one of several major issues Indiana lawmakers will face when they return this week.

When asked 43 percent of the more than 560 surveyed said keeping the budget balanced and maintaining the surplus should be a top priority and 21 percent said lawmakers should focus on teacher pay.  Meanwhile, 44 percent said the job of increasing teacher pay is the job of local school boards, 12 percent said it was the state’s job and 41 percent said both.

The informal poll also showed the following…

  • Fifty-six percent thought Indiana was on the right track, while only 32 percent thought the nation was on the right track.
  • Forty percent gave Donald Trump a grade of “B” or better for his Presidency, while 40 percent gave him a grade of “D” or worse.
  • Nearly 57 percent gave Governor Eric Holcomb a grade of “B” or better.
  • Out of the respondents who lived in Indianapolis, only 22 percent thought Mayor Joe Hogsett was doing a good or better, 34 percent said “fair” and 41 percent thought he was doing a poor job.  And 52 percent said crime will be their top issue in the 2019 campaign.

You can view the entire results here.

The survey was made possible, in part, with support from our partners at Indianapolis Public Schools, the Institute for Quality Education and Hirons Crisis Communications.