Fall 2011 MTSU Poll Results

Download the report of our latest findings, including:

  • Three Republican frontrunners all have double-digit leads over Obama
  • President Obama’s job approval hits all-time low, disapproval climbs to all-time high in Tennessee
  • Most Tennesseans aware of new voter ID law, but many confused about the details
  • Leave lottery-funded college scholarships alone for now, most say
  • Governor Haslam has Tennessee’s approval as first year in office draws to a close
  • Tennesseans divided on the state legislature’s job performance
  • Tennesseans’ dim view of Washington cooperation persists, especially on the possibility of job creation
  • Tennesseans: Cut spending and raise taxes – but not taxes on the rich
  • Dissatisfaction with national economy and direction high and rising
  • Happy with your local public schools? A lot depends on where you live

Downloads:
Detailed report and analysis
Exact question phrasing and sequence
Question-by-question results
Data file (SPSS format)

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For over a decade, the Survey Group at MTSU has been providing independent, non-partisan, unbiased, scientifically valid public opinion data regarding major social, political, and ethical issues affecting Tennessee. The poll began in 1998 as a measure of public opinion in the 39 counties comprising Middle Tennessee and began measuring public opinion statewide in 2001.

A commercial polling firm gathers the data. Survey Group principals Dr. Ken Blake and Dr. Jason Reineke, members of the MTSU School of Journalism’s faculty, develop each poll’s questionnaire and interpret and disseminate its results in coordination with students in pursuing coursework or producing student media in MTSU’s College of Mass Communication.

NOTE: Data files may be downloaded and analyzed with these restrictions: Researchers wishing to make academic or scientific use of these data must request and obtain permission in writing from the Director of the Office of Communication Research prior to presentation or publication. For general descriptive use, we ask only that the Middle Tennessee Poll at Middle Tennessee State University be cited as the source of the data.

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