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On the economy, I am ...

Started on 07/07/2010

Bullish (confident things will turn around)
- 37%
(150 votes)
Bearish (not confident things will turn around at all)
- 63%
(256 votes)

Total Votes: 406

Another week and more lukewarm economic news. What do you think about the state of the economy and what should be done next?

Started on 07/07/2010

Recovery? What recovery? This needs to be the president's top priority and he needs to do more than just point fingers. It is time for some real action.
- 62%
(8 votes)
The economy is not better and the bailouts did nothing to help the average American family. The president needs some better advice and fast.
- 15%
(2 votes)
The president inherited a weak economy. He needs time to turn it around. He has made all the right moves.
- 8%
(1 votes)
The president has made some good first moves, but he needs to get focused. The economy needs action now — and not more bailouts.
- 8%
(1 votes)
Tax cuts will get this recovery moving. Give people a reason to feel confident that things are getting better.
- 8%
(1 votes)

Total Votes: 13

How do you feel about internet "sweepstakes" parlors and the state's proposed rules against them?

Started on 06/23/2010

I see no difference between lottery, bingo and these parlors. Gambling is gambling. It all ought to go.
- 26%
(108 votes)
I see no harm in this - people can choose to gamble anywhere. Let the market decide whether they stay open.
- 26%
(109 votes)
Let's keep them — but let's charge them fees to stay open. People will gamble anyway - why not make revenue for the city.
- 22%
(92 votes)
No to internet parlors, but I have no problem with bingo and the lottery. There is less potential for a person to gamble away a paycheck.
- 11%
(46 votes)
This is unfair. A city or state should not be able to charge large fees to put a business out of business. Limit where they can open.
- 15%
(65 votes)

Total Votes: 420

In the wake of the Gulf Coast oil disaster, what do you think the state of North Carolina should do about drilling for oil or natural gas off the coast?

Started on 06/11/2010

Absolutely no drilling whatsoever. The oil companies can't be trusted and our coast is too valuable a natural resource to take any chances.
- 31%
(139 votes)
Drill, baby, drill. We need the fuel and the odds of another accident are too long not to give it a try.
- 34%
(156 votes)
State leaders shouldn't rule oil out exploration but they should proceed with caution and only explore for oil if the people of the state directly vote on the issue.
- 35%
(160 votes)

Total Votes: 455

Do you think President Barack Obama has done enough in connection with the oil spill in the Gulf?

Started on 05/31/2010

Yes, this is BP's mess. The government has responded as it should.
- 26%
(145 votes)
No, there should have been a better response from the beginning. We need a containment plan now.
- 33%
(181 votes)
No more speech-making. The president should have been pushing for a massive cleanup plan now.
- 26%
(143 votes)
Government should be figuring out how to make sure this does not happen again.
- 7%
(40 votes)
BP and state officials have been hampered, not helped, by government interference to this point.
- 8%
(47 votes)

Total Votes: 556

What do you think about racial equity in the Wayne County schools?

Started on 05/20/2010

Children of color are treated differently — in discipline and in educational opportunity. Segregation is the problem.
- 11%
(69 votes)
Race is not the issue — background and support at home are. Address what is really wrong.
- 42%
(256 votes)
There are too many children slipping through the cracks. Demand that all children master skills before moving on to the next grade and change dropout age — no matter what parents say.
- 11%
(68 votes)
Neighborhood schools are the answer. Smaller classes, more attention and more accountability. Shuffling kids around will artificially raise test scores and graduation rates, not teach teens how to read.
- 18%
(110 votes)
Some children simply will not do the work and interfere with the education of those who do. Separate them and concentrate on those who want to be there — of all races.
- 18%
(109 votes)

Total Votes: 612

With so much happening, what are you paying the most attention to now?

Started on 05/10/2010

The stock market and the overall financial health of the nation.
- 16%
(55 votes)
Local government's budget talks — and the possible city tax increase.
- 14%
(51 votes)
The new Supreme Court justice confirmation process.
- 3%
(9 votes)
Terrorism concerns — and what our nation's next step should be in the Middle East.
- 8%
(29 votes)
I am concerned about all of the above.
- 59%
(208 votes)

Total Votes: 352

The city of Goldsboro is indicating it will need to ask residents to pay more in taxes this year to stay in the black. What do you think about that?

Started on 04/21/2010

No way. There is still fat to be cut from the city budget. Cut it, then look at the budget again.
- 46%
(338 votes)
Costs are going up — it is reasonable to assume budgets would not be able to stay the same. I would pay more to keep services the same.
- 4%
(29 votes)
I would support offsetting higher costs — just not new projects. We have the Paramount. We do not need a recreation center.
- 11%
(82 votes)
No taxes. No way. Cut until there is no need to raise taxes — if services go, they go.
- 29%
(211 votes)
This community cannot afford to stand still. I would consider supporting a tax hike, with a plan behind it.
- 10%
(71 votes)

Total Votes: 731

How do you feel about construction of a new recreation center downtown, now that a final vote is likely near?

Started on 04/14/2010

The troubled economy is creating an opportunity to save $5 million? We can't turn that down.
- 12%
(34 votes)
$8.76 million is still too much to spend on one building.
- 12%
(35 votes)
I am for the project but against the design. Before construction begins, the architects should be forced to come up with a look that better fits into downtown.
- 7%
(19 votes)
We don't need a new recreation center. The city already runs several facilities that meet programming needs for children and Goldsboro has a YMCA for those who want a workout destination.
- 69%
(195 votes)

Total Votes: 283

For the first time, Social Security will officially operate in the red. What do you think the future should hold for this government benefit?

Started on 04/01/2010

I think it is headed for severe financial problems. We need to look at waste, expensive bureaucracy and how best to trim expenses.
- 36%
(154 votes)
I think we need to make saving Social Security and keeping it solvent a top priority — use some of the money earmarked for the stimulus to shore it up.
- 34%
(144 votes)
I think we should gradually phase it out — pick a cutoff date and create a new program that rewards self-directed retirement, but takes care of those who cannot handle that level of financial planning.
- 6%
(24 votes)
The world has changed. People should be able to opt out and handle their own retirement investments. Others can take their chances with the program as is.
- 16%
(67 votes)
Everybody should pay, but benefits should only go to those who cannot support themselves at retirement age. If you are rich, you should get none of the money you put in.
- 8%
(34 votes)

Total Votes: 423

Health care reform has been passed. How do you feel about it?

Started on 03/22/2010

Great. America needed this and it is about time.
- 24%
(147 votes)
We will wait and see. The devil's in the details.
- 11%
(71 votes)
Outraged — they have just screwed up the best health care system in the world.
- 21%
(133 votes)
Quietly angry and determined. I will register my feelings this November.
- 41%
(255 votes)
Don't care one way or the other. Washington messes everything up eventually. They will clean it up later.
- 2%
(15 votes)

Total Votes: 621

What do you think about educating teens about sex?

Started on 03/16/2010

Teach abstinence. That is the one and only answer.
- 12%
(46 votes)
Teach as much as possible about safe sex and encourage abstinence.
- 17%
(66 votes)
Teen years are too late — start sex education in middle school and share as much information as possible.
- 18%
(69 votes)
This should be addressed by parents, not schools.
- 16%
(60 votes)
Teach some safe sex and abstinence, but really push consequences. They need to know the realities of making this kind of decision.
- 37%
(144 votes)

Total Votes: 385

The Goldsboro City Council passed two dog ordinances Monday. 1) One bans the tethering of animals. 2) The other holds dog owners responsible for cleaning up after their animals on streets, public right of ways and private property. Was this a responsible use of the City Council's time?

Started on 03/03/2010

Yes. Dog owners need to be held responsible for their actions. Dogs should never be kept on a chain and poop is a major nuisance.
- 46%
(216 votes)
No. There are already laws in place to regulate the abuse of animals kept on chains and there's no way regulate dog poop, and it's a waste of city resources to try.
- 17%
(81 votes)
1) No 2) Yes. People should be told they need to clean up after their dogs. But there are already laws against animal abuse, and it's unreasonable to not allow responsible owners to tether their animals.
- 24%
(113 votes)
1) Yes 2) No. It is inhuman to ever chain a dog. But it will be impossible to regulate the poop.
- 13%
(59 votes)

Total Votes: 469

The 2010 Winter Olympics are underway and the United States is lurking near the top of the leaderboard. But what is the most engaging Olympic story this year?

Started on 02/17/2010

Lindsey Jacobellis flubbing her medal chances once again while showboating?
- 5%
(12 votes)
The fact Vancouver was selected as the host despite the known potential for warm, rainy weather?
- 20%
(46 votes)
Lindsey Vonn's injury and lucky days off to rest because of bad weather?
- 8%
(18 votes)
The safety of the luge track, which was drastically changed after one man died during a practice run?
- 44%
(102 votes)
Speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno's bid to become America's most decorated Winter Olympian?
- 24%
(56 votes)

Total Votes: 234

The Goldsboro City Council is getting ever-closer to a new Recreation Center downtown — and members say you are all for it. Well, are you?

Started on 02/04/2010

No, we do not need a recreation center.
- 48%
(251 votes)
Yes, the cheap money is available now. Why pay more later?
- 6%
(33 votes)
No, it is operating costs that I am worried about. Build it cheap, fine, but how will we pay for the rest?
- 16%
(85 votes)
Yes, this is the boost downtown needs to grow.
- 14%
(73 votes)
Yes, but redesign it. We need it to boost downtown, but make it fit in with the city's historic look.
- 15%
(78 votes)

Total Votes: 520

What did you think about the president's State of the Union speech?

Started on 01/28/2010

I thought it was more of the same — fancy speech, big promises, no base in reality.
- 51%
(278 votes)
I thought the president showed he understood that Americans' top priority right now is the economy — and is making that his top priority, too.
- 8%
(43 votes)
I did not care one way or the other about the speech — I want to see some action — and soon.
- 10%
(52 votes)
Washington is back in gridlock. That speech was no olive branch. Look out for more talk, less action.
- 11%
(60 votes)
The president spoke from his heart and stood strong. He is addressing the concerns of the country, while staying true to what he believes is best for it — that's what leaders are supposed to do.
- 20%
(109 votes)

Total Votes: 542

What do you think about Tuesday's Massachusetts Senate election?

Started on 01/20/2010

It was a vote of "no confidence" in Barack Obama and his presidency (no one specific issue).
- 39%
(177 votes)
It was a clear message that most Americans do not want health care reform in its present form.
- 34%
(154 votes)
It means nothing. People always want to throw out the incumbent party.
- 12%
(55 votes)
It means Martha Coakley can't run a campaign — nothing more.
- 11%
(52 votes)
It means the nation is solidly Republican and will vote so in 2012.
- 4%
(17 votes)

Total Votes: 455

What do you think about checks at airports?

Started on 01/11/2010

We need more, not less, checking at airports. Do full body scans of all passengers.
- 36%
(123 votes)
We need to profile potential terrorist suspects and check them the most thoroughly.
- 36%
(125 votes)
Profiling is prejudice. Random searches are the way to go.
- 2%
(6 votes)
Our system is failing. We need to get serious quickly, before something happens.
- 21%
(71 votes)
Our system missed one. We have some tightening up to do, but we are safe.
- 6%
(21 votes)

Total Votes: 346

What do you think should be the top priority for the leaders in Washington in 2010?

Started on 01/07/2010

Health care - Keep pushing for reform.
- 8%
(20 votes)
Health care - Undo the damage that has been done.
- 15%
(35 votes)
Homeland security (keeping us safe here)
- 12%
(28 votes)
War - Bringing the troops home.
- 7%
(16 votes)
War - Putting Muslim extremists (and the countries that harbor them) out of business once and for all.
- 16%
(38 votes)
The economy - We need jobs now.
- 43%
(103 votes)

Total Votes: 240

What do you think about the state of the economy?

Started on 12/15/2009

It is getting better, but slowly.
- 16%
(137 votes)
Until there are more jobs, we are not in a recovery.
- 26%
(216 votes)
The economy is holding its own for now, but there is more bad news coming.
- 4%
(37 votes)
The stimulus package helped and we are on the mend.
- 5%
(43 votes)
The stimulus package did not help — it was just a fix for show — and more bad news in on the way.
- 48%
(400 votes)

Total Votes: 833

Given the authority, how would you go about solving the problem posed by the racial unbalance and relatively poor performance of Goldsboro High School?

Started on 12/01/2009

Redraw the district lines so that more white students attend the school.
- 16%
(117 votes)
Close the school and bus inner city students to outlying high schools.
- 27%
(196 votes)
Keep district lines as they are and spend more money on making Goldsboro High a school that all parents would want their children to attend.
- 57%
(420 votes)

Total Votes: 733

It is time to shop until you drop. What is your prediction for the holiday shopping season based on your own holiday plans?

Started on 11/30/2009

I am planning to cut my budget and buy fewer gifts this year.
- 51%
(50 votes)
I will spend the same amount on my family as in years past, but I will cut back on other gifts.
- 12%
(12 votes)
I am spending the same amount as last year.
- 20%
(20 votes)
I am buying more, but less expensive gifts.
- 5%
(5 votes)
I am buying for my children only.
- 11%
(11 votes)

Total Votes: 98

What do you think about the Rosewood Middle School fundraising controversy?

Started on 11/16/2009

It was a bad decision, but it is being blown way out of proportion.
- 33%
(218 votes)
This is no worse than any of the other fundraising projects that go on in the schools.
- 9%
(62 votes)
It is the money. A direct money for points donation is just not right.
- 10%
(67 votes)
I think this was a school trying to do the right thing for its students.
- 8%
(50 votes)
I think this was poor judgment and the reaction was justified.
- 40%
(268 votes)

Total Votes: 665

The Forsyth County commissioners have been told that they cannot pray before the start of their commission meetings. How do you feel about the federal magistrate's decision?

Started on 11/10/2009

I agree 100 percent. There should be no connection between church and state, period. Pray at home or in church.
- 9%
(41 votes)
I agree. A Christian prayer is not fair to those who practice other religions. I prefer not to allow any prayer rather than singling out one religion.
- 3%
(13 votes)
I am mad. This is ridiculous. This is a Christian nation and religion has always been important to this country. Keep prayer at meetings and put it back into schools.
- 72%
(319 votes)
I disagree, but I prefer a compromise. Let's at least allow silent prayer.
- 12%
(53 votes)
I could care less. Doesn't the court have anything better to do than that?
- 4%
(19 votes)

Total Votes: 445

What do you think about the troubles of former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley?

Started on 11/03/2009

I think what he did was unethical and sleazy, but I think he skirted the law. Change the laws.
- 16%
(43 votes)
We have to put our foot down sometime. Make an example of Easley and maybe others will think twice.
- 31%
(84 votes)
I am disgusted by Easley, but what I really want to know is where was the rest of the Legislature.
- 28%
(75 votes)
If I wasn't for term limits before, I am now.
- 3%
(9 votes)
Campaigns are too money-driven. They just foster fraud. Clamp down now.
- 21%
(56 votes)

Total Votes: 267

What do you think about annexation rules?

Started on 10/19/2009

I think there is nothing wrong with a city expanding its borders as long as it is providing additional services.
- 9%
(49 votes)
I think a community should choose if it wants to be annexed.
- 46%
(246 votes)
I think some people in a community use services in a city and yet live outside it to avoid taxes — and that is not fair.
- 7%
(38 votes)
I think involuntary annexation is the first step in more government involvement in areas we don't want it.
- 29%
(158 votes)
I think the state has much bigger issues to worry about.
- 9%
(46 votes)

Total Votes: 537

A few weeks have passed since the health care reform debate heated up. Now that you have had time to think more about it and have heard what the president has had to say, what do you say about the issue?

Started on 10/05/2009

I feel the same. I do not want the government involved in managing health care.
- 53%
(290 votes)
I feel the same. We need health care reform as soon as possible.
- 20%
(108 votes)
The president's speech changed my mind. We are headed in the right direction.
- 3%
(19 votes)
The president's speech confirmed my concern, we are headed for a bureaucratic mess.
- 20%
(111 votes)
I think there are so many more important issues to be addressing right now.
- 3%
(18 votes)

Total Votes: 546

The plans for a community building/recreation center are back on the city's agenda ... sort of. If the funding is available federally or through another program, what would your answer be if you are asked?

Started on 09/21/2009

We do not need another project in this city. I would say wait.
- 17%
(69 votes)
If there is "free" money available, I think we should go for it.
- 17%
(70 votes)
There is no such thing as free money. We will still have to run it — I say no.
- 35%
(141 votes)
Scrap the rec center project and build a community center.
- 13%
(54 votes)
Downtown should be our priority right now. Let's get that done first.
- 18%
(73 votes)

Total Votes: 407

After President Obama's speech to Congress Wednesday about health care, and in light of other information you have read or heard, how do you feel about health care reform?

Started on 09/10/2009

1. I feel much better now that I have heard the president speak and support his effort.
- 9%
(60 votes)
2. I supported the president's plan before the speech and I still do.
- 17%
(112 votes)
3. I heard nothing to change my mind about health care reform. I do not want what the president has proposed.
- 47%
(313 votes)
4. The president has called for bipartisan input, let's see if he means it. I am open to see what might come next.
- 5%
(31 votes)
5. Something needs to be done, but not this, start over. I am not pleased with how either party has behaved.
- 22%
(143 votes)

Total Votes: 659

What did you think about President Barack Obama's message to schoolchildren?

Started on 09/09/2009

I think it is a good thing. Kids needed to hear it.
- 25%
(38 votes)
I think it was politically motivated - a piece of propaganda from a president with sagging ratings.
- 38%
(59 votes)
I think the speech was good, but I could have done without the lesson plans.
- 7%
(11 votes)
What's the fuss about? Presidents speak to children all the time. Get over it.
- 24%
(37 votes)
This is political — hate speak by conservatives about a president they dislike.
- 6%
(9 votes)

Total Votes: 154

What should the city do about the estimated $94,000 needed for repairs at W.A. Foster Center?

Started on 08/24/2009

Fund them, no matter what the cost. The center has a rich heritage in Goldsboro and is important to the community. Besides, getting the job done would put local contractors to work — and everyone could use that kind of stability in this economic climate.
- 32%
(138 votes)
Don’t fund them. Given the state of the economy, the city needs to hold onto as many pennies as possible.
- 53%
(233 votes)
Throw all money meant for Parks and Recreation projects toward a new community building.
- 15%
(65 votes)

Total Votes: 436

What do you think about the mayor's comments regarding the NAACP and the incident involving the Goldsboro police?

Started on 08/11/2009

I think the mayor is right. The NAACP took up court time for a case that had no merit. I want our police department to know I support their efforts.
- 46%
(273 votes)
The mayor might be right about the overall mission of the NAACP, but we have to be careful, there is still racial profiling out there. The NAACP was right to question the incident. They just took it too far.
- 6%
(34 votes)
The mayor is wrong on all counts. The NAACP has to fight because there are still too many people who assume a black man is a criminal first. What would happen if no one was watching?
- 7%
(40 votes)
The NAACP is losing credibility because of wild goose chases like this. The organization should fight real battles — like the disintegration of families and the number of young people who turn to drugs and alcohol. The mayor was right to call them out.
- 29%
(169 votes)
This incident is just a small part of a bigger problem. Few public officials really want to address the issue of what causes poverty, teen pregnancy, poor graduation rates, drug abuse and crime head-on — including the NAACP. The mayor was right to start the discussion.
- 13%
(74 votes)

Total Votes: 590

What do you think about the proposed $1 billion state tax increase to balance the budget?

Started on 08/04/2009

This should be all sales tax and other use taxes like cigarettes and alcohol. That way it will hit all North Carolinians.
- 8%
(32 votes)
This 2-3 percent stipend on higher-income workers is fair — if you earn more, you should contribute more.
- 7%
(28 votes)
Higher taxes of any kind will discourage growth in North Carolina — and push high-skilled workers to head to states with no income tax, like Tennessee.
- 10%
(39 votes)
The budget has to be balanced. I don't like paying higher taxes, but that is what is necessary right now.
- 7%
(26 votes)
Cut the waste first — then we can talk about increasing taxes.
- 68%
(265 votes)

Total Votes: 390

How do you feel about the president's health care reform proposal?

Started on 07/23/2009

Something needs to be done, but this one is just too expensive.
- 11%
(73 votes)
The president is right. It is time to move forward. I believe his plan will work.
- 15%
(97 votes)
I think we are rushing into a plan just to have a plan. This needs more study and to be done right.
- 41%
(268 votes)
Congress has been talking about this subject for years. We need action now. Pass this plan, then reform it.
- 10%
(65 votes)
The president needs to concentrate on jobs. Health care can wait.
- 23%
(151 votes)

Total Votes: 654

What do you think about the Wayne County School District's new policy prohibiting cell phone, iPod and MP3 player use in class — and the penalties associated with it?

Started on 07/15/2009

Bravo! Students have no business using cell phones in school.
- 56%
(382 votes)
I think it is unnecessary and too limiting. In this new age, this is how young people communicate. The board is overreacting.
- 5%
(35 votes)
I understand that cell phones should not be used in school, but why penalize all the students? Some follow the rules and use cell phones responsibly. Why take away their rights?
- 25%
(168 votes)
The policy does not go far enough. Cell phones, iPods and MP3 players belong at home, period.
- 14%
(93 votes)
Adults are always trying to stop kids from becoming independent — and they don't understand us. This is the same thing as when your parents told you not to listen to rap and not to get a tattoo.
- 0%
(2 votes)

Total Votes: 680

Why do you think Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is leaving office?

Started on 07/06/2009

She is running for president.
- 22%
(152 votes)
She is tired of the scrutiny and needs a break.
- 31%
(217 votes)
There is some scandal that is about to break about her.
- 26%
(185 votes)
She wants to make some money in the private sector.
- 21%
(150 votes)

Total Votes: 704

Gov. Beverly Perdue is advocating for $1.5 billion in new taxes to help keep the state in the black and avoid cutting services, especially in education. Do you think:

Started on 06/18/2009

She is right on target, we can’t afford to let our schools lose teachers and programs.
- 23%
(239 votes)
She is way off base, taxpayers can’t take another hit, especially in this economy.
- 77%
(781 votes)

Total Votes: 1020

What do you think about President Barack Obama's speech in Egypt?

Started on 06/05/2009

I thought it was a good move. The United States needs to prove it takes other nations' interests seriously.
- 24%
(181 votes)
I thought it was insulting. We do not need to cowtow to the Muslim world.
- 47%
(353 votes)
I did not like the tone of the speech, but we need to do something different if we are going to ever see peace in the Middle East.
- 2%
(17 votes)
I liked the tone of the speech, but I am waiting to see what happens next.
- 5%
(34 votes)
I think what President Obama says will have no effect on peace in the Middle East.
- 22%
(166 votes)

Total Votes: 751

What do you think about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's accusations against the CIA?

Started on 05/26/2009

I believe her. I think she was not told about the interrogation techniques.
- 9%
(61 votes)
I think she is lying and should be brought up on charges — she has accused these people of a crime.
- 37%
(264 votes)
I think she made a mistake — and should be allowed to say "never mind."
- 2%
(11 votes)
I think she should resign. There is plenty of evidence to suggest she is not telling the truth, but this is not a criminal offense.
- 37%
(264 votes)
I think politicians should think more before any of them talk. Chalk this one up to one more example and move on.
- 16%
(117 votes)

Total Votes: 717

Do you think Donald Trump should have allowed Miss California USA to keep her crown?

Started on 05/14/2009

Yes, the photo shoot was tame by today's standards and she's entitled to her own personal views.
- 76%
(542 votes)
No, the photo shoot was too risque.
- 8%
(59 votes)
No, her personal views don't mesh with what the pageant represents.
- 4%
(28 votes)
No, because the photo shoot and her personal views were both in poor taste.
- 12%
(82 votes)

Total Votes: 711

If you had a magic wand and could put $2 million in stimulus money toward any project you wanted in the city or county, where would you put it?

Started on 05/06/2009

Schools - more books, more teachers, better facilities.
- 52%
(307 votes)
Roads - more paving, better management and money to develop highway projects that would bring more people here to spend money.
- 17%
(100 votes)
Downtown - there is a lot of potential here, but we need even more of a kick start to realize it.
- 9%
(55 votes)
A recreation center - a downtown rec center would bring more people to city center and would benefit residents.
- 4%
(24 votes)
A convention center - this community needs something to draw people here to spend money.
- 17%
(100 votes)

Total Votes: 586

If your City Council decides that tax rates need to increase, what do you want the city to give up to cut costs?

Started on 04/27/2009

Less personnel in city hall.
- 23%
(122 votes)
Scrap the recreation center project.
- 37%
(198 votes)
Go to a four-day work week.
- 25%
(136 votes)
Make holidays unpaid, but keep same level of city staff.
- 7%
(40 votes)
I don't have a problem paying more taxes to keep the same level of services.
- 8%
(43 votes)

Total Votes: 539

If you could have a say in the handling of the economic crisis, how would you vote?

Started on 04/16/2009

I would vote to continue with the plan as is, I think it will turn the economy around.
- 14%
(98 votes)
I would rescind the bailouts for the banking and auto industry and use that money to bail out everyday people by cutting their taxes.
- 25%
(169 votes)
I would reject the stimulus spending plan — the debt that it is generating is enormous. We need to cut spending, not increase it.
- 15%
(100 votes)
I would reject all current plans and institute a plan that would encourage business investment and grow jobs.
- 12%
(80 votes)
I think the less government is involved, the quicker this crisis will be resolved. Let the markets do their work.
- 35%
(241 votes)

Total Votes: 688

What do you think about the anti-womanless beauty pageant rule?

Started on 04/09/2009

Womanless pageants are disrespectful and do not belong in schools.
- 10%
(50 votes)
Let the kids have some fun - there are more important issues to discuss.
- 44%
(213 votes)
This is just another example of useless government interference.
- 42%
(202 votes)
This is government looking at the bigger picture and making a good decision.
- 3%
(15 votes)

Total Votes: 480

Do you think the automakers will survive?

Started on 03/31/2009

Yes
- 41%
(248 votes)
No
- 26%
(158 votes)
I think GM will make it, but not Chrysler.
- 27%
(166 votes)
I think Chrysler will make it, but not GM.
- 6%
(37 votes)

Total Votes: 609

If the money were available, where would you like to see a civic center built?

Started on 03/24/2009

Downtown
- 15%
(100 votes)
By Wayne Community College
- 39%
(255 votes)
Off U.S. 70 near the industrial park
- 19%
(126 votes)
I would not like to see one built under any circumstances
- 27%
(179 votes)

Total Votes: 660

What do you think of Gov. Bev Perdue's plan to increase cigarette taxes to offset some of the state's debt?

Started on 03/17/2009

I think she should look for cuts first, like the bureaucracy that runs the state government.
- 25%
(159 votes)
Smoking is a choice. If you choose to smoke, you choose to pay the taxes.
- 20%
(127 votes)
I am for anything that discourages people from smoking — in the long run it will save the state money in healthcare costs.
- 21%
(134 votes)
Governor should be cutting all taxes, not increasing any.
- 16%
(104 votes)
This discriminates against those who smoke. An across-the-board tax increase would be fairer.
- 18%
(118 votes)

Total Votes: 642

Would you like to vote on marriage amendment designating marriage as a union between a man and a woman?

Started on 03/11/2009

Yes
- 75%
(512 votes)
No
- 25%
(172 votes)

Total Votes: 684

How much are you scaling back because of the country's economic concerns?

Started on 03/04/2009

Things are really bad at my house. Someone has lost a job.
- 16%
(82 votes)
I am employed, but worried about being laid off.
- 7%
(38 votes)
I am employed, but there are no extras here. We are cutting back in all areas.
- 39%
(200 votes)
I am employed and have cut back myself, but it has not affected my children's activities.
- 11%
(56 votes)
I have not felt any significant effect on my income.
- 27%
(142 votes)

Total Votes: 518

If North Carolina gets stimulus money, and some is available for Wayne County projects, where would you like to see the money spent?

Started on 02/23/2009

A new civic center
- 4%
(29 votes)
A new recreation center
- 4%
(32 votes)
A civic center and a recreation center
- 8%
(57 votes)
School buildings
- 45%
(338 votes)
Roads and other infrastructure projects
- 39%
(289 votes)

Total Votes: 745

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