Polls
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More than $70 million in public money will be spent in Illinois to promote the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. Is this a good use of money?
Yes
19%
No
75%
Not sure
6%
The national and international media have gone gaga over the pending arrival of the royal baby, who will be third in line to the British throne. What's your take?
I think this is a major news event.
6%
I'm not sure it's a major news event, but it's getting major coverage because people are interested in it.
32%
I think it's a minor news event, and the press is overplaying the story.
62%
Rolling Stone's decision to dedicate its cover to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnev -- the photograph makes Tsarnev resemble the rock stars typically found on the cover of Rolling Stone -- has led some stores to refuse in advance to sell the issue. What do you think of the magazine's decision?
Good move
7%
Bad move
77%
Doesn't matter one way or the other
15%
Fareway has decided not to build a grocery store at the former Audubon School location in Rock Island, a plan neighbors opposed. Do you think the decision to not build the store is a plus or a minus for the city?
I think deciding not to build a grocery store at that location is in the city's best interest.
22%
I think deciding not to build a grocery store at that location is a loss for the city.
78%
Some of the world's best golfers are flocking to the Quad-Cities for the John Deere Classic.
I'll be there!
8%
I hope to be there.
6%
I won't be there this year.
86%
Republican Bobby Schilling will try to retake the 17th Congressional District seat from Democrat Cheri Bustos, who defeated him in 2010.
I think Schilling will win the election.
38%
I think Bustos will win the election.
39%
I think it is too soon to tell.
22%
How fair was the media in covering the presidential election?
I think the coverage was generally fair
25%
I think the coverage favored Barack Obama
64%
I think the coverage favored Mitt Romney
12%
What grade would you give the news media for its coverage of the past election?
A
4%
B
13%
C
14%
D
27%
F
42%
Which of the following is your favorite summer food commonly found at fairs and festivals?
Kettle corn
9%
Funnel cake
29%
Corn dog
18%
Blooming onion
4%
Huge turkey leg
3%
Snow cone
2%
Lemon shake-up
11%
Henry County Pork Producers' pork chop sandwich
14%
Fried Twinkie
1%
Roasted corn on the cob
7%
Other (If so, leave a comment.)
3%
What did you think of Q-C area TV stations' weather coverage Thursday night?
It was excellent.
22%
It was OK.
16%
It was overdone.
44%
It annoyed me when it preempted my TV show.
18%
Which of the following was the biggest news in the Quad-Cities in 2011?
The blizzard of Feb. 1-2
19%
The Moline city council's decision to privatize emergency medical services in mid 2012
8%
The Cordova Village Board's battle over its police department
2%
Development in the Q-Cs, including Kone Centre and WIU Riverfront Campus in Moline and Jackson Square and Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island
4%
The April 26 resignation of former Rock Island County state's attorney Jeff Terronez after he pleaded guilty to a single charge of Class A misdemeanor supplying alcohol to a minor
40%
The July 25 electrocutions of 14-year-olds Jade Garza and Hannah Kendall in a seed corn field outside Tampico
6%
President Barack Obama's June and August visits
5%
The resurgence of the Republican party in Rock Island County
12%
The arrival of the First Army at the Rock Island Arsenal
3%
2010 Census data shows Hispanic population up 33.8 percent in Rock Island County
2%
A majority of adults say President Barack Obama does not deserve a second term but are evenly divided on whether he will win re-election next year, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Do you think President Obama will be elected to a second term in office?
Yes
40%
No
45%
Too soon to tell
15%
How likely is it Congress will take significat action on spending cuts and federal debt before the 2012 elections?
Extremely likely
3%
Likely
5%
Doubtful
38%
Extremely doubtful
54%
How would you rate Congress on its leadership during the recent economoic troubles?
A
2%
B
1%
C
7%
D
21%
F
69%
How would you rate President Barack Obama on his leadership during the recent economoic troubles?
A
13%
B
13%
C
13%
D
12%
F
50%
What's the right time to put up Christmas decorations?
After Labor Day
2%
After Halloween
6%
After Thanksgiving
92%
The Green Bay Packers are off to a 7-0 start, the only undefeated team in the NFL. What chance does the Pack have to finish the season undefeated after their final game Jan. 1 against Detroit?
The Packers will have a perfect season.
6%
The Packers have a good chance to have a perfect season.
21%
The Packers have a 50-50 chance for a perfect season.
11%
The Packers will definitely lose one or more games by the season's end.
38%
It's unlikely the Packers will have a perfect season.
25%
Halloween question: Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes
44%
No
43%
I haven't made up my mind
13%
World stock markets have been up and down a lot lately based in part on European debt problems. Financial leaders are working to hammer out a deal to avert an overseas financial crisis, which likely would have an impact on U.S. markets. How confident are you a deal will get worked out and Wall Street will remain relatively stable this week?
Very confident
10%
Somewhat confident
24%
Doubtful
42%
Very doubtful
23%
The Texas Rangers are within one win of their first World Series title. Can the St. Louis Cardinals still save the Series?
Yes
59%
No
41%
Mike Boland is challenging incumbent Mike Jacobs for a seat in the Illinois Senate. Whom do you think will win the nomination and represent Democrats in the general election?
Mike Boland
43%
Mike Jacobs
57%
The winner in the Democratic primary will face Republican Bill Albracht in the general election. Whom do you think voters will pick?
Either Boland or Jacobs, the Democratic candidate
59%
Albracht, the Republican candidate
41%
A new poll has Herman Cain ahead of Mitt Romney and other candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination. What do you think about Cain's chances to win the nomination?
Cain will be the GOP nominee.
10%
Cain has a good chance to be the GOP nominee.
23%
Cain has a fair chance to be the GOP nominee.
22%
Cain has a poor chance to be the GOP nominee.
11%
Cain will not be the GOP nominee.
34%
The White House has asked the Supreme Court to rule whether the Obama health-care overhaul is constitutional. How do you think the court will rule?
The legislation is constitutional
29%
The legislation is unconstitutional
71%
Republicans hoping to become their party's presidential nominee have held several debates. How much attention have you paid so far?
A lot
16%
Some
20%
Not much
24%
None
40%
Midway into September and night temperatures are dipping into the 30s. What does that say about the coming winter?
I think it's going to be colder than usual.
36%
I think it'll be a typical winter.
53%
I think it's going to be warmer than usual.
11%
Thursday President Obama delivered a speech calling for $450 billion in various measures to spur job creation and lift the economy. What grade would you give the speech itself (the language, the delivery, the degree to which the speech engaged and inspired you)?
A
31%
B
14%
C
11%
D
15%
F
29%
What grade would you give the proposals put forth in the speech?
A
32%
B
11%
C
9%
D
13%
F
35%
How do President Obama's proposals make you feel about the economy in the coming year or two?
I feel more optimistic about the future.
38%
I feel less optimistic about the future.
41%
I feel about the same.
21%
Thursday President Obama will present his new jobs program and domestic agenda to a joint session of Congress. What is your opinion about how to fight the 9.1 percent unemployment rate?
I think the government can help by creating or funding projects.
23%
I think the government can help by cutting taxes and regulations to encourage private-sector hiring.
77%
How confident are you in President Obama's leadership on economic issues?
Extremely confident
12%
Somewhat confident
15%
Pessimistic
73%
How long will it take authorities to apprehend Moammar Gadhafi, Libya's fugitive former leader?
A few more days.
10%
A few more weeks.
23%
A few more months.
23%
I doubt Gadhafi will be apprehended.
43%
It's been 15 years since Trudy Appleby disappeared. Do you think authorities will ever learn what happened to the missing Q-C girl?
Yes
21%
No
79%
Do you think President Obama will win a second term in the White House?
Yes
48%
Probably
5%
Maybe
5%
I doubt it
9%
No
33%
How concerned are you about the economy in the wake of recent bad news on Wall Street?
I'm unconcerned.
11%
I'm a little concerned.
16%
I'm moderately concerned.
32%
I'm alarmed.
41%
Grade Congress and President Obama's performance in handling the recent debt-ceiling crisis. How would you grade them?
A
1%
B
3%
C
6%
D
16%
F
75%
Which party is more responsible for the federal debt?
The Democrats
18%
The Republicans
57%
The Democrats and Republicans are equally responsible
26%
Hot enough for you?
The hotter, the better.
8%
I'm melting.
29%
It's July in the Midwest. No big deal.
63%
Congress and the president are working on a plan to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and address runaway deficits. What do you think is the single most important solution?
Increase taxes
21%
Decrease spending
79%
If increasing taxes is part of the solution, which of the following options do you think is most important:
Tax the rich
20%
Make the people who pay no income tax a smaller percentage of the population
6%
Get rid of loopholes and subsidies for industries (like ethanol and green energy)
14%
Reform the tax system so all individuals and companies pay a fixed percentage of income with no deductions or loopholes
60%
Do you think the Orlando, Fla. jury was correct in finding Casey Anthony not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee?
Yes, I think the jury got it right.
25%
No, I think the jury got it wrong.
63%
Not sure.
12%
Have higher food prices put a crimp in your household budget?
Yes
85%
No
15%
Do you plan to go see a fireworks display over the Independence Day weekend and holiday?
Yes, I will go see a fireworks display.
31%
Yes, I will go see more than one fireworks display.
9%
Maybe.
12%
No.
49%
Now that Wisconsin has lifted its ban, Illinois is the only state where it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon. What do you think?
Carrying a concealed weapon should continue to be illegal in Illinois.
25%
Private citizens should be able to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Illinois.
75%
Prospective presidential candidates are beginning to gear up for the 2012 election. How much interest do you have in following campaign coverage in the news at this stage of the game?
A lot
11%
Some
20%
Not much
25%
Zero
45%
The Rock Island County clerk has sworn in John Haan as a Cordova village trustee after Mayor Bob Van Hooreweghe refused to do it and vetoed attempts to have either the village board or village clerk seat him. Was Mayor Van Hooreweghe right to refuse to swear in Mr. Haan?
Yes
9%
No
82%
Not sure
9%
Do you own a Kindle, Sony Reader, iPad or other digital book reader?
Yes
16%
No
84%
If no, do you think you'll ever own a digital book reader?
Yes
16%
No
61%
Maybe
22%
Who's the Most Fantastic Father of the Quad-Cities?
Jose Chavez
12%
Mike Dunbar
10%
Mike Stevens
2%
Larry Stone
28%
Richard Swisher
11%
Tim VanHecke
36%
Do you think small firecrackers and similar fireworks should be legalized in Illinois and Iowa to celebrate the Fourth of July, as they are in Wisconsin and Missouri?
Yes
75%
No
22%
Not sure
3%
Do you plan to participate in the Bix 7, the Quad Cities Marathon, the Firecracker Run or any other running events this summer?
Yes
11%
No
87%
Maybe
3%
We've had a cold, snowy winter and a cool, rainy spring. What's your prediction for the summer?
Cool and wet.
6%
Cool and dry.
2%
Hot and wet.
54%
Hot and dry.
39%
The Oprah Show broadcast its final program Wednesday. What's your reaction to Oprah's departure from the daily television landscape?
I will miss her show and wish it was continuing.
15%
I didn't watch the show and don't care one way or the other.
65%
It's time for Oprah to move on.
20%
The tornado season has already seen several devastating storms, including Sunday's killer twister in Joplin, Mo. How concerned are you about a tornado damaging your community?
I'm extremely concerned.
14%
I think it's a possibility.
58%
I think the odds are against it.
28%
Federal regulations will cause regular lightbulbs -- deemed energy inefficient -- to disappear from stores in January. They will be replaced with compact fluorescents, which contained toxic mercury vapor that is released when they break, or LEDs, which cost $40-$50 each. Are you stocking up on "old style" lightbulbs or eager to embrace a "greener" but more-expensive lifestyle?
I plan to stock up on standard lightbulbs.
65%
I don't plan to stock up.
35%
What do you think of the law Congress passed in 2007 requiring lightbulbs to be more energy efficient?
It's a good idea, I fully support it.
10%
It's a good idea in the abstract, but I'm not enthused about paying a lot more for lightbulbs.
20%
Congress has better things to worry about than energy-efficient lightbulbs.
70%
A standard 100-watt lightbulb costs less than $1. A comparable compact fluorescent is about $8. One company plans to begin selling a $75-watt LED bulb for $40. What's your take on the economics of energy efficiency?
It's important to be more energy efficient no matter what it costs.
5%
It's important to be more energy efficient, but if the energy-efficient version of a product costs five or more times more than the standard version, consumers shouldn't be required to switch.
75%
I'm not concerned about energy efficiency.
20%
Have you ever given money to a panhandler at one of the Interstate 74 exit ramps or at other Quad-Cities intersections?
Yes
7%
No
93%
Would you ever give money to a panhandler soliciting from motorists at intersections?
Yes
6%
No
86%
Maybe
8%
Do you think panhandling at traffic intersections should be restricted?
Yes
90%
No
6%
Not sure
4%
The summer road-work season is upon us, as you know, if you've been on the Interstate 74 bridge, in downtown Moline, or other places in the Quad-Cities where streets and bridges are under construction. How good a job do public officials do coordinating road construction to minimize the impact on traffic?
Excellent
2%
Good
7%
Fair
17%
Poor
31%
Terrible
43%
When work needs to be done on a major street or bridge, how should crews be scheduled to work for the duration of the project?
They should work normal daytime hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
5%
They should work a "normal" schedule but stopping during peak traffic periods, breaking from 7-9 a.m. and between 4-6 p.m.
21%
They should work a night shift starting at 6 p.m. or later.
37%
They should work 24/7 until projects with a major impact on traffic are completed.
38%
The White House has been considering releasing a photograph of Osama bin Laden after he was killed. Should a picture be released?
Yes
45%
No
52%
Not sure
3%
If a picture is released, should news organizations -- newspapers, websites, television stations -- share the image with the public?
Yes
51%
No
45%
Not sure
4%
Did you get up early to watch any of the royal wedding?
Yes
20%
No
80%
Former Rock Island County state's attorney Jeff Terronez was sentenced to two years probation and fined $2,500 for supplying alcohol to a minor. What do you think?
I think the consequences were appropriate.
30%
I think the consequences were too harsh.
10%
I think the consequences were too lenient.
60%
Is nuclear energy a safe source of power?
I'm a fan of nuclear energy. We need more nuclear plants.
31%
I think nuclear energy is generally safe, though situations in Japan, Russia and elsewhere indicate it can be dangerous.
43%
I think the cons outweigh the pros with nuclear power, but think it is probably going to remain in use for the foreseeable future.
18%
I oppose nuclear energy and think all plants should be closed.
8%
Standard & Poor's cut its outlook on the triple-A rating of U.S. debt to negative, saying the path from large deficits remains unclear. What's your intuition about the economy?
I'm optimistic and think things are improving.
13%
I'm cautious and think the economy could go either way.
30%
I'm pessimistic and think things are going to get worse.
57%
Are you going to plant a garden this year?
Yes
54%
No
39%
Maybe
7%
The federal government may "shutdown" due to a budget impasse between Democrats and Republicans about where to cut. How big a deal is a shutdown?
It's huge.
34%
It's significant, but not would not impact many non-federal workers.
42%
It's unimportant.
23%
How important are the cuts in the federal budget lawmakers are debating?
Very important.
73%
Somewhat important.
27%
I think the federal government needs to spend...
More money.
3%
Less money.
85%
About the same.
6%
I'm not sure.
6%
Should Hillary Clinton challenge President Obama to be the Democratic candidate in the 2012 presidential election?
Yes
52%
No
48%
If Clinton runs for the Democratic presidential nomination, what do you think it will do for the Democrats' chances in the general election?
Help them
45%
Hurt them
55%
Should the United States be involved in military actions in Libya?
Yes
20%
No
71%
Not sure
8%
Britain is gearing up for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton that will take place Friday, April 29. How interested are you?
I'm gaga about the royal wedding!
2%
I'm fairly interested in the royal wedding.
13%
I'm mildly interested in the royal wedding.
20%
I think the royal wedding merits a royal yawn.
65%
President Obama has instructed federal prosecutors to lay off medical marijuana users and suppliers, if they comply with state regulations. Do you favor easing medical-marijuana laws?
Yes
65%
No
29%
Not sure
6%
Do you think marijuana should be legalized?
Yes
49%
No
44%
Not sure
6%
Do you think all drug use should be decriminalized?
Yes
12%
No
82%
Not sure
6%
How much do you expect spring flooding -- expected to be significant -- to impact your daily routine?
Not at all.
42%
A little.
20%
I anticipate a moderate amount of disruption.
20%
A lot.
11%
I expect it to be major issue for me.
7%
Should NPR give up public funding?
Yes
60%
No
34%
Not sure
6%
Should the death penalty be abolished in Illinois?
Yes
16%
No
78%
Not sure
5%
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office has issued a letter saying the Illinois State Police must disclose the identities of people with Firearm Owners Identification cards. What do you think?
The Attorney General's office is correct: The public has a right to know the identities of people in Illinois who have a Firearm Owners Identification card.
15%
The Attorney General's office is wrong: The identities of people having Firearm Owners Identification cards should remain private.
85%
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has locked horns with union members and supporters over a proposal to eliminate collective bargaining for most government workers. Walker says the change is needed to cope with a $3.6 billion deficit without having to lay off 12,000 state and local workers over the next two years. Union backers say Walker is trying to break the union. What do you think?
I support the unions.
46%
I support Walker.
54%
If Walker's bid to limit collective bargaining fails, what do you think will happen?
The state will find a way to cope, by rearranging finances, increasing debt or raising taxes.
27%
The state will lay off employees.
61%
I'm not sure.
12%
Oil is nearing $100 a barrel due to unrest in the Mideast and speculation. With gas prices above $3 per gallon in the Quad-Cities, how high do you expect local gas prices to go?
$3.50
9%
$3.75
14%
$4
24%
Above $4
53%
How much do potholes bother you?
A lot. I get upset every time I drive.
52%
Some, but they're a part of life.
37%
Not much. I have bigger problems.
11%
The Daytona 500, the first race in the new NASCAR season, is Sunday. Are you planning to watch any of it?
Yes
37%
No
53%
Maybe
10%
Have you ever been to the Daytona 500?
Yes
9%
No
91%
Forecasters say serious flooding is possible in the Quad-Cities this spring. How bad do you think flooding will be?
Not bad.
4%
About usual.
56%
Worse than usual.
31%
It's time to build an ark.
8%
Now that the "big melt" has started, is winter really over?
Spring is just around the corner.
42%
There is still plenty of bad weather to come.
58%
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigned and turned the country over to the military. What's your reaction?
This is good news.
10%
This is good news, if Egypt chooses a new leader through a free and open election.
56%
Turning Egypt over to the military is a matter of concern.
21%
This is bad news. Mubarak should have remained in office until the election.
12%
Do you think Egypt is likely to be taken over by a radical Islamic government, like the one in Iran?
Yes.
46%
No.
22%
It's too soon to tell.
32%
Did you watch the Super Bowl?
Yes
93%
No
7%
The commercials are a highlight for many watching the Super Bowl. What did you think of this year's commercials?
I thought they were better than usual.
5%
I thought the were about the same in terms of entertainment.
25%
I thought they were not as good as they usually are.
69%
How deep was the biggest drift in your driveway or yard after the big storm?
3 feet
13%
4 feet
39%
5 feet
27%
6 feet or more
21%
How much snow do you think the Quad-Cities will get in the Tuesday-Wednesday storm?
18 inches, the worse-case scenario in the forecast.
16%
Between 12 and 17 inches.
38%
Between 6 and 12 inches.
36%
Between 1 and 6 inces.
11%
Do you think the Illinois Supreme Court was correct in ruling Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former chief of staff, should stay on the ballot for mayor of Chicago after having his residency challenged?
Yes
46%
No
49%
Not sure
4%
Did you watch the State of the Union speech Tuesday evening?
Yes, I watched all of it.
20%
I watched part of it.
17%
No.
63%
Is it a good idea for Rock Island schools to cut some, but not all, sports programs to help balance the budget?
Yes
47%
No
53%
Did the Illinois Legislature do the right thing last week when it voted to increase state income taxes?
Yes
20%
No
75%
Unsure
5%
How important to you is news about weather that might delay or cancel school and complicate travel and other activities in and around the Quad-Cities area?
It's crucial
38%
It's important
42%
It's unimportant
20%
Which version of "True Grit" is better, the original starring John Wayne, or the new movie with Jeff Bridges?
The John Wayne version
85%
The Jeff Bridges version
15%
Do you support the legislation Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan, sponsored to have Amazon.com and other online businesses charge Illinois residents 6.25 percent retail sales tax on transactions and forward the revenue to the state?
Yes
17%
No
83%
Did you make any New Year's resolutions?
Yes
28%
No
72%
If you make New Year's resolutions, do you tend to keep them?
Yes
29%
No
46%
Sometimes
25%
Which political party has the best chance of expanding its influence in 2011?
The Democrats
25%
The Republicans
75%
Which political party has the most to lose in 2011?
The Democrats
66%
The Republicans
34%
Which political party do you think will win the White House in 2012?
The Democrats
37%
The Republicans
63%
What do you think the biggest story in the Quad-Cities was during 2010?
Bridges: Q-C motorists deal all year with continuing work on the I-80 bridge, discussion about the new I-74 bridge and the Moline Arsenal bridge closure.
8%
The economy: Quad-Citians grapple with the financial fallout of the recession.
13%
R.I. County Clerk investigation: Federal officials in January begin investigating R.I. County Clerk Dick Leibovitz.
5%
WIU - QC Campus: Groundbreaking signals the start on the three-building Western Illinois University - Quad-Cities' Riverfront Campus in Moline.
4%
Hare comment goes viral: Congressman Phil Hare's comment on the U.S. Constitution fuels controversy on Web.
7%
Teacher sentenced in sex case: Former UTHS teacher Jason R. VanHoutte pleads guilty to three counts of criminal sexual assault of a student.
8%
Sheriff-jailers saga: The Rock Island County jail staff goes public with abuse of power allegations against then-Sheriff Mike Huff.
2%
New school opens: In August, the new Rock Island Center for Math and Science opens in Rock Island.
1%
Amtrak station: Illinois ups its contribution to a proposed Amtrak station in Moline from $2.9 million to $5 million, completing the $16.6 million financing package.
8%
Schilling wins: Republican Bobby Schilling overwhelms incumbent U.S. Rep Phil Hare in the November election, winning the seat for the GOP for the first time since 1980.
45%
Do you have a Facebook account?
Yes
51%
No
49%
Rock Island is considering raising taxes to meet costs. Regardless of where you live, which reaction below comes closest to expressing your opinion about how local governments should deal with red ink today?
Raise taxes and fees to balance the budget
3%
Run the government at a deficit
2%
Cut expenses and services, if need be, to balance the budget
60%
Balance the budget by making cuts where possible, and raising taxes and fees to cover shortfalls in other areas
35%
How is your Christmas shopping coming along?
I'm 75 percent finished.
19%
I'm 50 percent finished.
9%
I'm 25 percent finished.
8%
I'm finished or almost finished.
36%
I haven't started.
28%
Do you intend to do any shopping online this Christmas?
Yes
59%
No
33%
Maybe
8%
What do you think of President Obama's call to freeze federal wages for two years?
It's a good idea
81%
It's a bad idea
19%
Have discounts and sales influenced your post-Thanksgiving Christmas shopping?
Yes
24%
No
76%
Have you seen the new Harry Potter movie?
Yes
5%
No
95%
Do you plan to see the new Harry Potter movie while it is still in the theater?
Yes
10%
No
81%
Maybe
9%
If you don't plan to see the new Harry Potter in the theater, or are unsure about whether you'll see it in the theater, do you plan to see it after it comes out on DVD?
Yes
24%
No
68%
Maybe
8%
How many times do you expect to see the new Harry Potter movie, whether in the theater, on DVD or TV?
I don't plan to see it
69%
Once
17%
More than once
14%
Now that GM is out of bankruptcy and selling stock again, do you plan to buy any as an investment?
Yes
9%
No
84%
Maybe
7%
Do you plan to go shopping on "Black Friday," as the day after Thanksgiving is called, the busy traditional start to the Christmas shopping season?
Yes
17%
No
72%
Maybe
10%
When do you put up Christmas lights and decorations?
After Halloween
7%
After Thanksgiving
61%
Sometime close to Christmas
12%
I don't decorate for the holidays
19%
Are you satisfied with the outcome of Tuesday's election?
Yes
46%
No
44%
Unsure
10%
How would you describe your attitude about the nation and the economy following the election?
More optimistic
44%
More pessimistic
29%
No change
26%
Do you plan to vote in this election?
Yes
87%
No
11%
Maybe
2%
Did you vote early?
Yes
26%
No
74%
Sherrard girls' basketball and softball players are threatening to sit out the season over their coach's dismissal. Do you think that is a good idea?
Yes
34%
No
58%
Not sure
8%
We're less than two weeks from the election. Who is going to win the 17th District congressional race?
Phil Hare, the incumbent, a Democrat
32%
Bobby Schilling, the challenger, a Republican
68%
Has the economy impacted your charitable giving in the past year?
My giving to charities has decreased in the past year.
56%
My giving to charities has remained about the same in the past year.
38%
My giving to charities has increased in the past year.
6%
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to approve higher concentrations of ethanol for newer vehicles, raising the maximum blend of the corn-based fuel with gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent. What's your take on ethanol?
It's good for farmers, good for the environment, and good for the nation.
30%
It drives up food prices, would cost more per gallon that other gasoline if not for government subsidies, and is a boondoggle.
56%
I'm not sure either way.
14%
The Quad-Cities have experienced a rash of bank robberies in recent days. What do you think is behind the hold-ups?
I think most of the crimes are probably linked to unemployment and the bad economy.
31%
I think most of the crimes are probably linked to addiction issues with drugs, alcohol or gambling, which can lead people to desperate acts.
27%
I think most of the crimes are probably linked to an overall decline in the social order.
29%
I think it's unlikely there is a common element connecting these crimes.
12%
Apple will begin making a new version of the iPhone for use on the Verizon Wireless network late in 2010, the Wall Street Journal reports. AT&T has had exclusive distribution of the iPhone since its 2007 debut. Are more people likely to switch to Verizon once it begins selling iPhones?
Yes
50%
No
50%
Are you likely to change to Verizon once it begins selling iPhones?
Yes
22%
No
78%
Are you currently a Verizon customer?
Yes
43%
No
57%
Are you likely to buy a Verizon iPhone?
Yes
32%
No
68%
A group of former Air Force personnel speaking at the National Press Club this week said they had personally witnessed UFOs while serving in the military. Do you believe in UFOs?
Yes
68%
No
32%
Have you ever seen a UFO?
Yes
19%
No
81%
Rich Whitney, the Green Party candidate for Illinois governor, wants to legalize marijuana and tax it as a way to help the state get rid of its deficit. What do you think?
Legalize it -- and tax it.
51%
Marijuana should not be legalized.
35%
I might be open to decriminalizing marijuana, but it would depend on the details.
14%
What is your favorite way to communicate in cyberspace, with e-mail or text messages?
E-mail
58%
Text
30%
No preference
12%
How many e-mails do you write or respond to daily?
More than 50
8%
Between 25 and 50
16%
Between 10 and 25
19%
Between 1 and 10
51%
Zero
7%
How many text messages to you get in a typical 24-hour period?
More than 50
6%
Between 25 and 50
7%
Between 10 and 25
20%
Between 1 and 10
30%
I don't get a text every day, but I do receive several a week
37%
An economic panel says the recession officially ended in June of 2009, though unemployment remains high. What's your take on the economy?
I think the economy is improving.
15%
I think the economy is in a holding pattern, and it's too soon to know whether things will improve or deteriorate.
24%
I think the economy is still in trouble.
61%
Henry County has decided to limit red ink to $500,000 next year through furloughs and layoffs, if necessary. What should city, county and state governments do when they spend more money than they bring in?
Borrow money
1%
Raise taxes
5%
Cut expenses without laying off workers
18%
Cut expenses without laying off workers if possible, but using layoffs and furloughs if necessary
75%
How many years should a governmental body -- local, county, state or federal -- be allowed to operate in the red before being required by law to balance the budget?
No years; balanced budgets should be a strict requirement
62%
One year
18%
Two years
10%
Three years
4%
Five years
3%
Indefinitely; there is no need for governmental bodies to have balanced budgets
3%
The Bears won their first regular-season game Sunday after officials declared that Lion Calvin Johnson's leaping grab in the end zone was an incomplete pass. (A clip of the play can be seen on YouTube here.) Did the officials get it right?
Yes, it was an incomplete pass. The officials got it right.
40%
No, it was a catch. The officials blew the call.
60%
President Obama is proposing another round of federal stimulus, this one involving spending $50 billion on roads, railways and runways. What do you think?
I think it is a great idea.
19%
I think it is an OK idea.
15%
I think it is a bad idea.
66%
What do you think of the job President Obama, Congress and the Federal Reserve are doing to help steer the economy?
I think they're doing an good job, considering the circumstances.
18%
I think they're doing a fair job.
12%
I think they're doing a lousy job.
70%
Labor Day traditionally marks the end of the summer season. So how was your summer?
Fantastic
8%
Pretty good
43%
Fair
28%
Not so hot (no pun intended)
13%
Terrible
9%
What do you like best about the fall?
The colors
16%
Cooler temperatures
22%
Football
10%
All of the above
45%
None of the above
7%
Candidate Bobby Schilling his challenged U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, D-Rock Island, to four public debates throughout the district. Hare has accepted, but wants two TV-studio debates "moderated by an agreed upon neutral party." What do you think?
I think there should be four public debates, as Mr. Schilling requested.
69%
I think there should be two TV-studio debates, as Rep. Hare suggested.
31%
Roger Davis, the Green Party candidate for Congress, wants to be included in the debate. What do you think?
I think Mr. Davis should be included.
62%
I think Mr. Davis could be included, but it's not essential.
24%
I think Mr. Davis should not be included.
14%
Do you have a cell phone?
Yes
100%
No
0%
If you have a cell phone, do you have a "smartphone" (a cell phone that gets e-mail, has a Web browser and runs other applications)?
Yes, I have a smartphone.
39%
No, I have a regular cell phone.
61%
If you have a cell phone, do you have a land-line telephone in your home?
Yes
64%
No
36%
Do the drug busts resulting from traffic stops on Interstate 80 indicate a potential infringement of personal freedom?
Yes, I believe police are stopping motorists for minor infractions in order to facilitate checks for illegal drugs.
30%
No, I believe police are right to stop motorists for driving infractions, and that if drug arrests result, it represents good law enforcement.
70%
Do (or did) your children walk to school?
Yes, they walk to school almost every day.
32%
They walk to school sometimes, depending on the weather and other factors.
12%
No, they get a ride to school from me or someone else who can take them.
37%
They ride the school bus.
18%
Should U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, D-Rock Island, accept the challenge from Bobby Schilling, the Republican candidate for Congress in the 17th District, to meet for a series of debates before the November election?
Yes, Rep. Hare should agree to debate Mr. Schilling.
94%
No, Rep. Hare should not agree to debate Mr. Schilling.
6%
Should federal prosecutors retry former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on the 23 corruption charges for which the jury in his recent trial were unable to reach a verdict?
Yes, the feds should retry Blagojevich.
63%
No, the feds should not take Blagojevich back to court.
37%
Do you think Blagojevich's conviction of lying to FBI agents will be overturned on appeal?
Yes, I think the conviction will be overturned.
29%
No, I do not think the conviction will be overturned.
71%
The 2010 Farmersí Almanac is predicting the winter will be dry (have less-than-normal snowfall) but be bitterly cold. What's your prediction?
I agree. It will be dry and colder than usual.
27%
I think it will be snowy and colder than usual.
43%
I think it will be dry and warmer than usual.
13%
I think it will be wet and warmer than usual.
16%
Hot enough for you?
The heat and humidity killing me. I am so ready for autumn to get here.
33%
It's August in the Midwest. Don't be a crybaby.
67%
Which local city do you think does the best job getting streets repaired quickly and efficiently?
Rock Island
15%
Moline
11%
East Moline
10%
Silvis
8%
Bettendorf
45%
Davenport
11%
Which local city do you think does the poorest job getting streets repaired quickly and efficiently?
Rock Island
20%
Moline
51%
East Moline
13%
Silvis
4%
Bettendorf
2%
Davenport
12%
Deliberations in former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial entered their ninth day Monday. Do you think the time it is taking the jury to reach a verdict makes it more or less likely Blagojevich will be acquitted?
The longer the jury is out, the greater the likelihood Blagojevich will be acquitted.
53%
The longer the jury is out, the greater the likelihood Blagojevich will be convicted.
16%
It is impossible to know either way.
32%
Which statement best describes how often do you ride the Channel Cat?
One or more times a week.
0%
One or more times a month.
1%
One or more times a summer.
5%
I've ridden the Channel Cat, but I'm not a regular rider.
18%
I've never ridden the Channel Cat.
76%
How do you think the economy is faring?
I think economic conditions are improving.
21%
I think economic conditions are about the same.
27%
I think economic conditions are deteriorating.
52%
What word do you think best defines the state of the economy in Illinois and the United States today?
Recovery
12%
Recession
54%
Depression
34%
Students in many local districts will be heading back to class in a few weeks. At one time schools waited until after Labor Day to resume class. What do you think of starting class earlier in August?
Schools should open after Labor Day not before.
53%
Starting class in August is a good thing. The kids are bored and need to get back to their lessons.
45%
No opinion.
3%
The jury today (Wednesday) begins deliberations in impeached Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial. Whether guilty or innocent, how soon do you think the jury will return a verdict?
Right away -- sometime today.
5%
Thursday.
8%
Friday.
17%
Next week.
34%
Sometime after next week.
6%
Never. There will be a hung jury, with the jury unable to either convict or acquit.
31%
Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce and Iowa Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce members will vote this week on merging the two business organizations. What do you think?
I think it makes sense to have one chamber organization representing the Quad-Cities area. A single chamber will be more efficient and more effective.
49%
I think the needs of the Iowa and Illinois sides of the Mississippi are different enough to argue for two chambers. Bigger isnít always better.
51%
Gov. Pat Quinn came to Moline to announce $15 million in funding for a new MetroLINK transit district bus maintenance center on part of the old Farmall plant. The money comes from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, using funds raised by selling bonds that will be paid off with tax revenue. The total project is $32 million, with $7 million from the federal government and $10 million from MetroLINK bonds. The service has outgrown its current facility, built in 1983. What do you think?
I think the project will provide jobs during a recession, help redevelop the old Farmall site and give MetroLINK a leg up. A win all the way around.
25%
I am dubious about projects like this given state and federal deficits, but the pluses for the Quad-Cities outweigh those concerns.
20%
I am opposed to projects like this given state and federal deficits, even though the Illinois Jobs Now! money can only be spent for capital programs.
55%
If the election were tomorrow, who do you think would win in the 17th congressional district, Bobby Schilling or Phil Hare?
I think Schilling would win.
78%
I think Hare would win.
22%
Impeached Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has been insisting for months he would testify at his corruption trial, but when the time came he flip-flopped and decided not to take the stand. Are you surprised?
Yes
13%
No
87%
Do you think Blago should have testified in his own defense?
Yes
37%
No
63%
The defense rested its case without calling any witnesses, claiming the prosecution had failed to prove its case against Blago. Do you think the jury will decide to convict or acquit?
Convict
49%
Acquit
24%
Neither. I don't think the jury will be able to agree on a verdict. There will be a hung jury and a mistrial.
27%
The Moline City Council is voting whether to spend $993,000 to buy property downtown for a proposed Amtrak station. What do you think?
Despite the city's financial problems, this is a step in the direction of progress and will pay off for Moline and the area in the long run.
43%
Despite optimistic predictions about high-speed rail, none of this will ever pay for itself.
57%
The new Apple iPhone has come under fire from Consumer Reports about reception problems. The general issue is nothing new for the iPhone. There have been complaints about AT&T's service and the iPhone dropping calls since the phone -- which otherwise has gotten rave reviews -- came on the market. What's your take on the situation?
The iPhone is an innovative, even iconic device and will continue to be popular.
32%
The bloom is off the rose with the iPhone due to service and other issues. Other phones -- the Droid, Blackberries -- are now strong competition for the iPhone.
34%
I'm not a fan of the iPhone.
34%
For iPhone users: How do you rate your service?
I have great service with my iPhone and no complaints.
12%
The phone service could be better, but it is still a great phone.
22%
I like the phone, but trouble with dropped calls and/or not being able to get or receive calls has me thinking about switching phones or providers.
22%
I had an iPhone but switched my phone/provider because of trouble getting and making calls.
44%
The Quad City Mallards have new owners who plan to keep the teamís name the same and continue to play at the i Wireless Center. The new team CEO says the Mallards ďare a long way from where they once wereĒ in their heyday. What impact will the new ownership have on the team and fans?
Iím optimistic about the Mallardsí future.
33%
Iím pessimistic about the Mallardsí future.
23%
Iím unsure what the future holds for the Mallards.
43%
Quarterback Brett Favre, 40, is being his usual coy self about whether he will return to the Vikings for a 20th season with the NFL. Most Minnesota fans expect Favre to play. What do you think?
I hope Favre comes back for another season.
27%
Itís time for Favre to retire.
26%
I donít care one way or the other.
46%
The prosecution in former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial is expected to rest its case this week. Based on what youíve read about the evidence, what verdict do you anticipate?
I think it is a slam-dunk conviction.
37%
I think conviction is probable.
31%
Iím not sure whether the verdict will be acquittal or conviction.
7%
I think conviction is doubtful.
10%
I think Blago will walk.
15%
Golf is at the forefront of many Quad-Citians' minds this week with the John Deere Classic in full swing. How big of a golf fan are you?
I'm a super fan. I will attend the JDC two or more times.
2%
I'm a big fan. I will make at least one trip to the JDC this year.
7%
I'm a fan. I'm following the JDC news, but won't have a chance to attend.
11%
I'm a "sort of" golf fan. I'm following the JDC casually and want to know who wins the tournament.
26%
I'm not a golf fan.
54%
Where do you think LeBron James will pick to play basketball next season?
Cleveland
8%
Miami
25%
Chicago
14%
New Jersey
 
(0)
New York
7%
None of the above
1%
LeBron who?
45%
If you were out and about on the Fourth of July, you probably heard the bang and pop of firecrackers, bottle rockets and other Independence Day fireworks that are, of course, illegal on both sides of the river in the Quad-Cities. Should small firecrackers and the like be legalized in Illinois and Iowa, as they are in Wisconsin and Missouri?
Yes, small fireworks are innocent fun and can be used safely with adult supervision.
74%
No, fireworks are dangerous and an invitation to trouble for little boys of all ages.
26%
Violent crime is hardly rare in the Quad-Cities. One of the latest examples came late Thursday, when a 15-year-old girl was shot in Rock Island. The girlís injuries were not life threatening, and a suspect has been arrested. Who needs to do more to reduce shootings, stabbings, beatings and similar crimes?
The police and public officials.
15%
Neighbors and families.
85%
What do you think is the root cause of violence in the Q-C?
Poverty, joblessness, lack of opportunity, lack of education.
14%
Not enough police presence.
2%
Poor values and lack of personal responsibility.
84%
Motorcyclists must wear helmets in most states, but not in Iowa and Illinois. Should lawmakers require people on motorcycles to wear helmets?
Yes, a helmet law is in the best interest of public safety.
50%
No, this is a matter of personal freedom, and the government should butt out.
47%
I'm not sure.
3%
Though the Cold War is supposedly over, U.S. law enforcement officials this week charged 11 people for involvement in a long-running Russian spy operation.
I'm surprised. I thought we were all trying to get along.
7%
I'm not surprised. The world continues to be a dangerous place.
93%
The Supreme Court has overturned gun bans in Chicago and Oak Park, saying the Second Amendment trumps local efforts to restrict firearm ownership.
I think the Supreme Court made the right call.
88%
I think cities and states should have the right to restrict gun ownership.
12%
Television ratings have been high for World Cup soccer games. Have fans in the United States decided they like soccer?
Yes, I think soccer is growing in popularity with U.S. audiences.
25%
No, I think the ratings are due to the World Cup, which only comes once every four years.
75%
How do you rate BP's response to the Gulf oil spill?
Good
6%
Fair
13%
Poor
44%
Abysmal
37%
How do you rate the White House response to the oil spill?
Good
13%
Fair
15%
Poor
34%
Abysmal
38%
Who's the Most Magnificent Mom of the Quad-Cities?
Margaret Alender of Coal Valley
31%
Lori Anderson of Rock Island
20%
Chris Biddle of New Windsor
2%
Mary Endress of Geneseo
33%
Tiffany Tapia of Rock Island
3%
Sharon York of Davenport
11%
Which of the Quad-Cities has the most eyesores?
Moline
19%
Rock Island
40%
East Moline
16%
Davenport
23%
Bettendorf
2%
Which of the Quad-Cities is doing the most to clean up its eyesores?
Moline
24%
Rock Island
31%
East Moline
3%
Davenport
17%
Bettendorf
25%
Tiger Woods is back on the links preparing for the Masters, his first tournament after the five-month layoff that followed a car crash, revelations about extramarital affairs and a stint in a rehab clinic. Is the controversy over?
It's time to forget Tiger's personal issues and move on.
49%
The controversy likely will linger in at least the intermediate future.
14%
Tiger will never regain his former stature with the public.
37%
Some folks are miffed about the Davenport city manager sending out a routine holiday closure notice that referred to Good Friday as "Spring holiday." Though Davenport's Civil Rights Commission has recommended the city rename the holiday in the interest of diversity, there has been no official change. What do you think Davenport should call the day, which is a holiday for city employees?
Good Friday
79%
Spring holiday
6%
Don't care
15%
Illinois lawmakers have given the initial nod to a four-day school week for schools in cash-strapped districts. School days would be longer under the plan, maintaining the number of instructional hours. What do you think of the idea?
I think four-day school weeks are an option schools should consider.
20%
I think four-day school weeks will create too many other problems -- child care, scheduling, long days in school for youngsters -- to work.
80%
Democrats in the House of Representatives passed the health bill Sunday, 219-212, without a single Republican vote. What's your reaction to the bill?
I'm happy it passed.
29%
I'm disappointed it passed.
71%
What do you think of Congress?
I think Congress generally does a good job representing the voters.
13%
I think Congress generally does a poor job representing the voters.
87%
How do you rate the winter of 2009-2010, which officially ends with the arrival of spring on Saturday?
One of the worst ever
18%
Bad, but not terrible
35%
Typical for the Midwest
43%
Not that bad
5%
President Barack Obama has chosen Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Villanova to reach the NCAA Final Four, and has chosen Kansas to win the title. Of these four teams, which one do you think will win?
Kansas
40%
Kansas State
4%
Kentucky
18%
Villanova
1%
None of the above.
38%
It's taken a while to sort out, but state Sen. Bill Brady has been declared the Republican nominee for governor. In the fall he'll face Gov. Pat Quinn, who took over the state's top job when Rod Blagojevich resigned. Who do you think will win the race?
Brady
66%
Quinn
19%
It's too soon to tell
15%
Who would you vote for if the election were today?
Brady
76%
Quinn
24%
Winter has been hard on area streets, turning some roadways into chuckhole slalom runs. What's your take on this season's pothole crop? In general, potholes this year are:
A minor problem.
4%
A moderate problem.
29%
A major problem.
67%
How much repair does the street where you live need?
None.
15%
Minor repair.
28%
Moderate repair.
28%
Major repair.
28%
Temperatures are expected to get into the mid-30s on Sunday. What's your prediction for the rest of the winter?
The worst is over; come March, spring will be in the air.
41%
Chances are there's still plenty of cold and snow on the way.
59%
Republicans and Democrats sit down this week for a bipartisan health summit, a few days after President Obama unveiled his revised version of the health-care legislation stalled in Congress. Do you think the summit will result in hammering out a compromise bill both parties can support?
Yes
3%
No
87%
Maybe
10%
Do you think the summit is a sincere bid to reach bipartisan agreement on health care, as some observers say, or a political gambit for President Obama's supporters to gain the upper hand, as other observers say?
I think the summit is a sincere effort.
29%
I think the summit is more politics as usual.
71%
Do you think health-care reform should remain on the front burner in Washington, or be set aside while national leaders address unemployment and the economy?
Health-care reform is the nation's top priority.
16%
Unemployment and the economy are the nation's top priority.
75%
Terrorism, the war or some other issue is the nation's top priority.
9%
Do you believe Tiger Woods' apology? (Pick one based on your gender.)
Yes, I believe him (female)
22%
Yes, I believe him (male)
18%
No way! (female)
27%
No way! (male)
33%
The 2010 Winter Olympics are getting underway in Vancouver. How much of the games do you intend to watch?
I plan to watch as much of the Olympics as I can.
25%
I plan to watch some of the Olympics.
24%
I plan to watch a little of the Olympics.
18%
I don't intend to watch any of the Olympics.
33%
Now that Scott Cohen has withdrawn as the Democratic Party's candidate for lieutenant governor over domestic abuse reports, East Moline Rep. Mike Boland thinks the party should tap him as the candidate. Boland finished fourth in the six-way primary. Meanwhile, party bigwigs are considering people beyond those who ran in the primary, including Tammy Duckworth, Department of Veterans Affairs assistant secretary. Who do you think should be the party's candidate for lieutenant governor, a job that pays $117,800 year and has few official duties?
Mike Boland.
17%
Art Turner, Chicago, who finished second behind Cohen in the primary.
52%
Tammy Duckworth or some other candidate who did not participate in the primary.
32%
Given the state's deficit, does Illinois need a ceremonial position that pays $117,800 per year?†
Yes
10%
No
90%
Rock Island is considering charging residents $2 per month for garbage collection to help avert a $1.2 million deficit in the new fiscal year. What do you think of that?
It's a great idea. Kudos for creative thinking.
23%
It's great idea, but only if the city reduces property taxes by the amount residents already have been paying for this sort of basic service.
9%
It's a bad idea. If the city is in the red, it needs to spend less money, not increase fees and taxes.
68%
Toyota, which last year surpassed GM as the world's largest automaker, has stumbled over problems with sticky gas pedals. How big of an issue do you think this is for Toyota's reputation?
It's a major issue.
46%
It's an issue today, but it will go away if the carmaker manages the problem.
46%
It's a minor issue.
7%
President Barack Obama's proposed budget has a record-breaking $1.6 trillion deficit. Is federal overspending a big problem or part of the economic solution?
Federal spending is helping get the economy back on track. Deficits are a problem, but can be addressed at a future date.
12%
Federal deficits are a serious problem and needs to be addressed immediately. Governments can't spend their way out of debt.
84%
Not sure.
4%
How would you grade President Obama on his first State of the Union speech?
A
22%
B
13%
C
13%
D
17%
F
34%
President Obama is scheduled to deliver his first State of the Union address at 8 p.m. tonight. Do you plan to watch?
Yes
25%
No
67%
Not sure
8%
TV night owls are awaiting the shakeout in NBC's "Tonight Show" debacle. The network plans to move Jay Leno back into the 10:35 p.m. slot, where he hosted the top-rated program before NBC moved him to a prime-time venture that has failed to engage viewers, and has irked network affiliates with falling ratings at 9 carrying over to their lucrative 10 p.m. local news shows. NBC wants to move Conan O'Brien, the current "Tonight" host, 30 minutes later, following Leno. O'Brien is refusing to do a later show and demanding a multi-million dollar settlement. Who do you want to see at 10:35 on NBC?
Conan O'Brien
31%
Jay Leno
31%
I don't care
38%
Who is getting the raw deal?
Conan O'Brien
80%
Jay Leno
20%
The 2009-10 winter is off to a roaring start, with arctic temperatures and plenty of snow. Do you plan an escape to a warmer part of the country sometime before warm weather returns?†
Yes, I'm heading south.
16%
I hope to head south, but I haven't made firm plans.
5%
I wish I could head south, but I'll be sticking it out here in the frozen Midwest.
51%
I'm staying put, the winter weather doesn't bother me that much.
28%
Elijah Reid's double-murder trial is underway in Rock Island, with Reid facing a possible death penalty if convicted. Do you support the state having a death penalty?
I think there needs to be a death penalty for certain serious crimes.
86%
I do not think there should be a death penalty.
12%
I'm not sure.
2%
Some analysts think the 2010 election will be an uphill battle for Democrats due to voter dissatisfaction over the health-care bill, unemployment, continuing economic woes and President Obama's leadership. What do you think?
I think Republicans will make significant gains in the 2010 congressional elections.
52%
I think Republicans will make minor gains in the 2010 congressional elections.
26%
I think Democrats will hold their own in the 2010 congressional elections.
20%
I think Democrats will make significant gains in the 2010 congressional elections.
2%
New Year's is a time when people traditionally make resolutions intended to help make the future better than the past. Do you intend to make any New Year's resolutions for the coming year?
Yes
24%
No
76%
The federal government is taking over the Thomson Correctional Center 40 miles from the Quad-Cities to house about 100 war-on-terror prisoners now held on a military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The purchase is expected to create between 3,000 and 3,800 jobs, half from the area. What do you think?
This is good news
40%
Not sure
11%
This is bad news
49%
A new Rasmussen presidential tracking poll says 24 percent of voters strongly approve of Barack Obama's performance, while 42 percent strongly disapprove. How do you rate the job President Obama has been doing?
Strongly approve
14%
Approve
17%
Neutral
12%
Disapprove
17%
Strongly disapprove
40%
With temperatures dipping, some people find themselves battling thermostat wars at home and in the office. Do you find yourself in frequent skirmishes with children, spouses, roommates or coworkers over setting the thermostat?
Yes, I am a thermostat warrior.
25%
No, there is peace in my thermostat world.
75%
How do you personally prefer to set the thermostat?
73 degrees or warmer
8%
72 degrees
12%
71 degrees
7%
70 degrees
18%
69 degrees
14%
68 degrees
22%
67 degrees or cooler
19%
The Q-C is girding for the first big snow storm of the season, predicted to hit Tuesday night. How accurate are forecasters when it comes to predicting major storms?
I think forecasters do a great job.
15%
I think they do a fair job.
60%
I think they do a poor job.
25%
Do you think the media -- TV, radio, newspapers, news Websites -- sensationalize potential storms?
I think the media tend to over-report potential storms.
69%
I think the media do a fairly good job, given the weather's unpredictability.
28%
I think the media need to tell us more about potential bad weather.
3%
Director Roman Polanski, 76, has been on the lam since 1978, when he fled to France on the eve of being sentenced for having sex with an underaged girl. He was arrested in Switzerland recently, but is about to be released on house arrest while authorities decide whether to extradite him to the United States.
Polanski should be extradited to the U.S. for sentencing.
85%
Polanski should be freed and allowed to return to France.
15%
Now that Thanksgiving is past, the official Christmas shopping season is at hand. Santa is making his list and checking it twice. The question is, have you been naughty or nice?
I've been naughty.
19%
I've been nice.
46%
The jury is still out.
34%
The Interstate 80 bridge between Hampton and LeClaire will be closed part of next summer for repairs. How much of an inconvenience will that be to you, your family and your coworkers?
A major inconvenience.
32%
A minor inconvenience.
19%
Little or no inconvenience.
49%
The "official" start to the Christmas shopping season begins the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 27. Do you plan to shop on "Black Friday"?
Yes
16%
No
74%
Maybe
11%
Have you started your Christmas shopping already?
Yes
48%
No
52%
Some people think bars in The District should close at 2 a.m., instead of 3 a.m. Others say bars need to stay open later because they depend on income from traffic after taverns close in Iowa. What do you think?
I think the bars should continue to close at 3 a.m.
28%
I think the bars should close at 2 a.m.
67%
I'm not sure.
6%
The Obama administration is thinking of taking over the Thomson Correctional Center, 40 from the Quad-Cities, and using it to house prisoners captured during U.S. anti-terrorism operations, now being held at America's military base in Cuba. What do you think of the plan?
I'm in favor of it.
41%
I'm against it.
51%
Not sure.
8%
Moline police are stepping up enforcement between now and Nov. 29, using a $34,000 grant to run checks for seat belts and other infractions. Some Quad-Cities Online commenters thinks this is an intrusion on personal liberty. What do you think?
I support the checks without reservation.
31%
I support the checks, but I have some reservations.
9%
I don't support the checks, but I don't think they raise important issues.
9%
I think the checks are an unwarranted intrusion.
51%
Sunday the 4-4 Bears lost to the Cardinals, 21-41. Should coach Lovie Smith be handed his walking papers if the team continues to have a mediocre season?
Yes
48%
No
45%
Not sure
6%
World leaders are in Germany to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Do you think the world is more secure since the Soviet Union's collapse?
I think the world is more secure today.
20%
I think the world is less secure today.
41%
I think the world is neither more nor less secure today.
39%
How do you rate the Quad-Cities? Give us your impressions of life here in the Q-C.
Excellent
22%
Fair
47%
Needs improvement
32%
Security from crime
Excellent
8%
Fair
51%
Needs improvement
40%
Job opportunities
Excellent
5%
Fair
36%
Needs improvement
59%
Schools
Excellent
20%
Fair
49%
Needs improvement
31%
Housing
Excellent
26%
Fair
53%
Needs improvement
21%
Streets and highways
Excellent
4%
Fair
38%
Needs improvement
58%
Bridges
Excellent
5%
Fair
28%
Needs improvement
67%
Cultural opportunities (concerts, museums, festivals, plays, etc.)
Excellent
34%
Fair
45%
Needs improvement
20%
Leadership and government
Excellent
7%
Fair
35%
Needs improvement
58%
Sports (pro, amateur, recreation)
Excellent
28%
Fair
47%
Needs improvement
25%
In the first elections since Barack Obama became president and Democrats solidified command over Congress, voters elected Republican governors in Virginia and New Jersey, two offices presently held by Democrats. Some believe the vote indicates that public sentiment is moving toward the GOP for next year's midterm elections. Others disagree. What do you think?
The Republican star is ascending in national politics.
50%
The Democrats' mandate to govern remains unchanged.
9%
It is impossible to say either way.
41%
How do you rate the way President Obama and the Democratic Congress are running the country?
They're doing an excellent job.
5%
They're doing a good job.
13%
They're doing an adequate job.
10%
They're doing a poor job.
13%
They're doing a terrible job.
59%
At President Obama's behest, Democrats in Congress have rolled out a sweeping, 1,990-page health-care bill that includes an option of government-run insurance. Democrats say the bill will "lower costs for every patient" and not add to the federal deficit. Republicans say it is a government takeover of health care and will limit choice, increase costs, decrease quality and expand the deficit. What do you think?
The bill is a great victory and should be approved.
7%
The bill might need some fine-tuning, but in balance is a step in the right direction.
19%
I'm not sure what I think.
8%
The bill may address some issues in health care, but in balance is a step in the wrong direction.
11%
The bill is a disaster in the making and should be defeated.
55%
How important is a good football program to the typical high school student's educational (social and academic) experience?
Very important.
23%
Somewhat important.
27%
Neither important nor unimportant.
29%
Unimportant.
21%
The White House and Fox News are on less than friendly terms. A White House official said Fox is "opinion journalism masquerading as news." On the other hand, some say the other networks are too quick to follow the White House's lead. Fox, for its part, say its coverage is "fair and balanced." What do you think?
I don't trust Fox News. I trust the other networks.
26%
I trust Fox News. I don't trust the other networks.
56%
I think the reporting at Fox and the other networks are equally trustworthy.
18%
When it comes to covering presidents, do you thing the press generally covers both Democrats and Republicans with the same degree of skepticism?
I think the press tends to be harder on Democrats than Republicans.
13%
I think the press tends to be harder on Republicans than Democrats.
68%
I think the press tends to treat Democratic and Republican presidents about the same.
19%
A new Pew poll reports the number of Americans who believe in global warming is down 20 percent in the past three years, from 77 percent in 2006 to 57 percent. Do you believe in global warming?
Yes, I absolutely believe in the world is getting warmer due to carbon emissions.
18%
I think it is likely the world is getting warmer due to carbon emissions.
11%
I think the science is unclear on whether the world is getting warmer due to carbon emissions.
23%
I doubt the world is getting warmer due to carbon emissions.
9%
No, I absolutely reject the claim the world is getting warmer due to carbon emissions.
40%
H1N1 has hit the Quad-Cities. Do you think you'll come down with it, or some other strain the flu, this season?
Probably
22%
Maybe
36%
I doubt it
42%
How careful are you (frequent hand washing, not touching face, etc.) about avoiding the flu?
Very
44%
Somewhat
41%
A little
11%
Not at all
4%
Have you gotten a flu vaccine this year?
Yes
34%
No
66%
U.S. Rep. Phil Hare is endorsing Pat Quinn for governor. Do you think Quinn should be elected to a full term?
I support Quinn for governor.
12%
I do not support Quinn for governor.
73%
Undecided.
15%
After the cool, wet summer, some folks are looking at things like the number of acorns and the size of squirrels' tails and predicting a cold, snowy winter. What's your forecast?
The winter will be more harsh than usual.
54%
We'll have a typical winter.
28%
We'll have a mild winter.
12%
Not sure.
6%
Moline is considering eliminating or reclassifying up to 11 jobs to balance the city budget in 2010 and maintain the present tax rate. What do you think?
The city needs to balance the budget.
78%
The city ought to maintain the jobs and run at a deficit.
9%
The city ought to raise taxes and maintain the jobs.
13%
Initial shipments of H1N1 vaccines are heading out to health-care workers. What are your plans when it comes to getting vaccinated?
I plan to get an H1N1 vaccine as soon as it is available to me.
28%
I'll probably get an H1N1 vaccine, but I'm not making a big priority of it.
10%
I'm not sure whether I'll get an H1N1 vaccine.
14%
I don't intend to get an H1N1 vaccine.
48%
Which city do you think will be chosen to host the 2016 Olympic Games?
Chicago
20%
Rio de Janeiro
66%
Tokyo
6%
Madrid
9%
Moline recently joined other local cities that ban leaf burning. Have you noticed an improvement in air quality in the Quad-Cities since municipalities started the bans?
Yes
29%
No
71%
The I-80 bridge over the Mississippi needs $10.5 million in repairs to make it save to reopen all four lanes to traffic (one lane in each direction currently are open). The Illinois Department of Transportation says the bridge is in "critical condition." Would you drive across the I-80 bridge?
Yes, without giving it a second thought.
29%
Yes, but not without being a little nervous.
36%
No.
35%
If leaves from a neighbor's tree falls in your yard, whose responsibility is it when it comes time to rake?
If the leaves are in my yard, they're my responsibility.
86%
Even if the leaves are in my yard, they ought to be my neighbor's responsibility.
14%
The Senate this week voted to withhold grant money from ACORN, the advocacy group, after employees in several offices were caught on camera appearing to advise a couple pretending to seek advice on setting up a prostitution business. Various investigations are pending. (Seven senators stuck with ACORN, including Illinois' Sens. Dick Durbin and Roland Burris.) Do you think ACORN's funding should be cut, pending the outcome of the investigations?
Yes, I think ACORN's funding should be cut.
92%
No, I don't think ACORN's funding should be cut.
8%
The Moline Public Library will be closed Sunday, beginning Oct. 4, as part of the effort to have city departments cut back to reduce the projected $2 million deficit in 2010. Do you think public libraries need to be open Sunday?
I think it is essential.
13%
I think it is a plus, but not essential.
42%
I don't think it matters either way.
8%
I don't think libraries need to be open Sunday.
37%
What grade do you give President Obama for his address to Congress on health care legislation?
A
25%
B
15%
C
6%
D
9%
E for effort
16%
F
29%
How did President Obama's speech affect your over-all view of his health care plan?
I still agree with his plan.
32%
I still disagree with his plan.
42%
I now agree with his plan.
3%
I now disagree with his plan.
7%
I am still uncertain.
15%
President Obama will make a nationally televised address to Congress tonight on health care legislation. Will you watch his address?
Yes.
34%
No.
66%
President Obama is putting on the full-court press to get Congress to approve legislation remaking the American health care system, before the August recess.
I think Congress will approve the bill before the recess.
3%
I think Congress will approve some compromise version of the bill before recess.
21%
Based on what you know about the proposed health care legislation, what grade would you assign to President Obama's plan?
A
9%
B
16%
C
9%
D
20%
F
46%
President Barack Obama this week gave students a televised pep talk about education. Though not the first president to give such a speech, critics accused Obama of overstepping his authority. Some school districts decided not to provide students access to the midday talk. What do you think?
The president delivering students a message about education's value is to be applauded.
46%
There are other ways for the president to promote education, but as long as such talks steer clear of politics, they're OK.
28%
A speech by the president is intrinsically political and an inappropriate intrusion to the school day.
25%
Illinois public employee union officials, local mayors and state politicians are calling for a state tax increase. What do you think?
I think this is the right idea.
20%
I'm not sure.
6%
I think this is the wrong idea.
75%
Illinois is increasing the tax on drinks, candy bars and personal grooming and hygiene products from 1 to 5 percent to ease the state's money woes. Merchants say multiple tax rates will cause confusion and require programming cash registers to accommodate different tax rates. What do you think?
I think making kiddies and pop drinkers ante up more to pay for state operations is a sweet idea.
21%
I think this idea has as much about as much fizz as a bottle of Pepsi left open on the counter overnight.
79%
Have you had enough rain this summer?
Yes!!!
74%
No, I'm building an ark.
26%
Should bicycle riders be required by law to wear helmets?
Yes
36%
No
64%
Brett Favre has agreed to come out of retirement yet again to play as quarterback for the Vikings. What do you think?
I'm glad to get to see Favre play another season.
25%
Favre is tarnishing his legacy by playing for the Packers' rivals.
75%
There are signs the Obama administration is retreating from the public option in its health-care initiative. Are you in favor of a government-run health insurance option?
I think there is a critical need for a public health insurance option.
25%
I think there may be a limited need for a public option, if there is a reliable way to fund it, and it doesn't destabilize private health insurance.
19%
I think the public option is a bad idea and will lead to the government administering most, if not all, health care in the United States.
57%
Moline alderman are thinking about charging residents $50 for curbside leaf vacuuming.
I think it's a good idea for the city to charge for such services when it is running nearly a $1 million deficit.
17%
I think residents already pay for these services with property taxes, and the city should nix this proposal.
83%
Congress is debating whether there should be a taxpayer-funded "public option" in health care insurance. What do you think?
I think this is a good idea.
19%
I think this is a bad idea.
63%
I'm not sure.
18%
The Illinois Department of Transportation has agreed to pay to move the historic Moline train depot, if the city will buy a site and come up with the cash to install utilities and mechanical systems and bring the structure up to code. The city, which is operating with an annual deficit of around $900,000, does not yet know how much it would cost to take the deal.
I think the city should definitely accept the state's offer.
23%
I think the city should accept the state's offer, if it can find the funds to pay for the work and the cost isn't too expensive.
33%
I think the city should definitely reject the state's offer.
45%
Rock Island students head back to school today with other area districts not far behind. Schools traditionally used to open after Labor Day. Given the earlier start dates and the move in some places to go to a year-round schedules, what do you think is the best model for school calendars?
I think the current schedule most area schools use is best, with an early-August start date.
11%
I think having school start around Labor Day is best.
45%
I think a year-round school schedule, with the current summer vacation divided into a several shorter breaks, is best.
43%
Congress is scrambling to OK an additional $2 billion for the "cash for clunkers" subsidy program after car buyers went through the initial $1 billion in less than a week. What do you think?
The program is a great idea and obviously working. The government should extend funding.
27%
The program is unnecessary, as the fact that buyers burned through $1 billion in a few days proves. The government should not extend funding.
73%
Rock Island-Milan School District board members Tuesday voted to hire the superintendent's wife -- who retired this year from the district -- as a consultant to help develop curriculum for $30,000. The school board president said she was the best candidate for the contract.
I support the school board's decision.
12%
I don't support the school board's decision.
55%
I would need to know more about the hiring process to decide whether to support the board's decision.
33%
Moline is considering taking out $4 million in bonds to pay off $2 million in existing One Moline Place debts and cover another $2 million developer Mike Shamsie owes Northwest Bank. In return, the bank will finance tearing a derelict Trinity Medical Center nurses dormitory on the site. Shamsie, who owes the city $912,929, will turn over the property to the city.
I agree with city administrator Lew Steinbrecher, who termed this "a good deal for the city."
7%
I'm not sure this is a good deal for the city, but if it's what it takes to demolish the eyesore building, the city should proceed.
43%
I oppose this plan.
50%
New home sales in June posted the fastest increase in more than eight years. Do you think the economy has hit bottom and now is on a rebound?
The worst is over and the economy will continue to improve.
15%
It's too soon to be certain.
56%
The worst is yet to come.
29%
More than 1,000 people received hepatitis A vaccinations Monday in the wake of an outbreak linked to an infected employee at a restaurant. By law, the lab diagnosing hepatitis A is required to notify the county when a case is discovered, and the county in turn has another 24 hours to alert state health officials. The state said it wasn't notified of the original June 17 outbreak until July 13. The restaurant has since closed, been sanitized, and reopened.
Despite the apparent glitch, I am very confident in the job local health officials do to ensure restaurants and the food supply are safe.
10%
I am somewhat confident in the system.
14%
I am less than confident in the system and think it needs to be reviewed.
76%
It's been 40 years since man first walked on the moon. How important do you think manned space exploration is -- be it to the moon, Mars or beyond?
Space exploration is crucial to expanding our knowledge and resources.
40%
Space exploration is important but shouldn't be a major national priority.
44%
Space exploration is unimportant.
16%
It's been a cool summer on top of a long, cold 2008-09 winter. Given the talk about global warming -- which many believe is either an iron-clad scientific certainty or something between fuzzy logic and a hoax -- what do you think?
I think we're experiencing global warming and the cool weather is a fluke or the result of general climate turmoil.
20%
I think global warming is a doubtful proposition, and the weather we're seeing is indicative of the fluctuations and extremes in temperature that have always occurred.
80%
A courthouse drawing has decided that Dennis Pauley is the winner over David Levin in the tightly contested Rock Island mayor's race. What do you think?
I'm satisfied with the outcome.
82%
I'm not satisfied with the outcome.
18%
A Wednesday drawing will decide the winner of the Rock Island mayor's race, which has been tied since a recount disqualified some ballots. Dennis Pauley, sworn in as mayor after the April election, says he won't appeal the outcome of the drawing. David Levin hasn't said whether he might appeal.
I think the Wednesday drawing will bring this contest to a close.
25%
I expect another appeal to be filed with the courts after the drawing.
75%
Gov. Pat Quinn is laying off 2,500 of the state's 58,000 employees as Illinois remains in budget gridlock. About 1,000 of those laid off will be prison employees. Locally, the East Moline Correctional Center will lose a third of its staff. Meanwhile, the state plans to release 6,000 prisoners early. What do you think?
It's a painful but necessary step, given the circumstances.
22%
Putting criminals back on the street early is a bad idea. Gov. Quinn should rethink his strategy.
78%
I think Gov. Quinn's plan to lay off 1,000 Department of Corrections workers and grant early releases to 6,000 inmates is:
An earnest attempt to address the state budget crisis.
16%
A political ploy to motivate legislators to give Gov. Quinn the tax increases he wants.
84%
Some legislators are questioning whether Gov. Pat Quinn -- who became governor when Rod Blagojevich was impeached -- has the leadership skills to get the state out of its $11.6 billion deficit hole. How do you rate Quinn since taking over the state's top office?
Excellent
7%
Good
17%
Fair
28%
Poor
48%
The state is operating without a budget. Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed a proposal that would have freed up $2.3 billion for human services. Layoff notices have started to go out for workers serving the developmentally disabled. Legislators reconvene July 14, and if a budget isn't passed then, more state services could be interrupted.
I think the Legislature needs to bow to Gov. Quinn's call to raise taxes.
7%
I think taxes are already too high in Illinois and limiting growth; the state needs to cut spending to balance the budget.
60%
I thing the Legislature and governor should agree to a budget that includes a blend of raising taxes, cutting spending in some areas, and borrowing, if need be.
33%
The Quad-Cities is about to get its third hockey team, according to news reports. What's your reaction? Will the third time be a charm?
With good management, players and league competition, I think the team is likely to be a financial success.
43%
I think the odds are fair the team will be a success.
18%
I think the odds are poor the team will be a success.
38%
A judge has sentenced swindler Bernard Madoff, 71, to 150 years in jail for stealing $13 billion from investors. His lawyer had asked for a 12-year sentence.
I think the 150-year sentence is about right.
95%
I think the sentence is too harsh.
5%
Who is the Most Fantastic Father of the Quad-Cities?
Jason Bull
48%
Dan Burich
4%
Jason Christenson
2%
Adam Hass
29%
Ellsworth McClure
11%
Mike Williams Sr.
7%
Fiat today finalized its takeover of Chrysler, a deal the U.S. government brokered. The agreement calls for the Italian carmaker to own from 20-35 percent of Chrysler and the UAW 55 percent. What do you think the prospects are for Chrysler under Fiat's management?
Excellent
6%
Good
23%
Fair
28%
Poor
42%
State Rep. Mike Boland, D-East Moline, is calling for resignations at the University of Illinois after it was reported lawmakers used their clout to get admission for under-qualified applicants. Boland himself came under fire in 2007 after giving three legislative scholarships worth $17,536 to the child of a supporter who had made nearly $16,000 in campaign donations.
I think Illinois lawmakers have no business getting involved in admissions. All the legislators, school administrators and trustees involved in this should be sanctioned.
80%
This is about par for the course in Illinois. The practice was stopped, once reported. That should be the end of it.
15%
I don't see anything wrong with legislators using their influence to help academically-challenged students gain admission to state universities.
6%
President Obama says he's doing everything in his power to get the economy turned around. What's your take on the recession?
We've probably seen the worst of it. The economy will gradually improve.
24%
Chances are things will get even worse before they get better -- maybe lots worse.
45%
It's impossible to know either way for certain.
31%
Who is the Most Magificent Mom of the Quad-Cities?
Stephanie Akers of Moline
5%
Peg Boothe of Moline
18%
Reola Edwards of Rock Island
24%
Sheridan Jensen of Moline
12%
Amber Summers of East Moline
29%
Mary Vasquez of East Moline
12%
Should Roland Burris be allowed to be seated on the U.S. Senate?
Yes.
27%
No.
64%
I don't care.
9%
Which of the names proposed for Rock Island's new school do you like best?
Center for Math and Science
10%
Eagle Bluff Center for Math and Science
20%
Robinson Math and Science Academy
9%
None of the above
60%
Should President Bush commute former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's prison sentence?
Yes; keeping him behind bars accomplishes nothing
14%
No; he should receive no special treatment because of his age
81%
I'm not sure; he did wrong, but he also did much good as governor
5%
Who won Tuesday night's presidential debate?
John McCain
38%
Barack Obama
49%
Neither. It was a tie.
13%
Will you watch Tuesday night's presidential debate?
Yes, I will.
54%
No, I won't.
46%
If you won't watch the debate, why not?
I'm sick and tired of it all.
37%
I've already made up my mind who I will support.
63%
If you will watch, what do you hope to see?
A knock-out by McCain.
41%
A knock-out by Obama.
59%
Cubs or VPs: What will you watch tonight?
I'll watch the Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game.
53%
I'll watch the vice presidential debate.
39%
I'll watch WrestleMania!
8%
Who won the vice presidential debate?
Joe Biden, a knockout.
32%
Sarah Palin, a knockout
24%
Joe Biden, narrowly.
10%
Sarah Palin, narrowly.
10%
It was a draw.
9%
I didn't watch it.
16%
My favorite Paul Newman movie is:
Road to Perdition
8%
Absence of Malice
3%
The Sting
13%
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
26%
Cool Hand Luke
29%
Hud
2%
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
3%
The Long, Hot Summer
2%
Hombre
1%
Rachel Rachel
0%
Harper
 
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The Verdict
3%
Not on this list.
10%
Should Moline ban leaf-burning?
Yes, as quickly as possible
35%
Yes, but wait until next year
3%
No
53%
I don't care
9%
Should Friday's debate between John McCain and Barack Obama be delayed?
Yes
39%
No
50%
I don't care
11%
What should be done with Moline's downtown library?
Fill it with books and staff it fully
32%
Keep it open at current materials/staff level
10%
Use as community meeting center
11%
Convert it Moline city government use
11%
Close it and sell it
35%
Should Iowa 'adult' businesses be allowed to add gambling machines?
Yes
29%
No
47%
Don't care
24%
Should the driving age be raised from 16 to 17?
Yes
33%
No
32%
I don't care.
6%
18 would be even better.
29%
Should preachers endorse candidates from the pulpit?
Yes, as a free speech issue.
16%
No, it violates separation of church and state.
65%
I don't care one way or the other.
20%
Re: Sarah Palin's speech Wednesday:
I watched it.
88%
I didn't watch it.
7%
Who's Sarah Palin?
4%
I watched, and I thought:
She hit a home run.
67%
More like a pop fly
11%
She struck out.
22%
Should Gov. Rod Blagojevich seek a third term?
Certainly. He's doing a great job.
5%
May as well. Who could do better?
2%
Sure, if he's not indicted.
3%
Sure, if he's not impeached.
2%
I don't care.
4%
That's a terrible idea.
11%
That's a really terrible idea.
74%
Top leaders of about 100 of the nation's best-known universities and colleges say America should lower the 21-year-old age limit on alcohol consumption. That's:
A good idea
42%
A terrible idea
50%
Irrelevant to me
8%
If the drinking age is lowered, it should be:
20
51%
19
16%
18
33%
Barack Obama's proposal to tax oil companies to pay for $1,000 energy rebates is:
A great idea
34%
A band-aid solution
10%
An attempt to buy votes
41%
A promise he can't keep
15%
On its efforts to restore power after the July 21 storm, Mid-American Energy deserves:
An "A" for a really great job.
64%
A "B" for a superior effort.
22%
A "C" for getting the job done, if slowly.
8%
A "D" for dilly-dallying around.
3%
An "F" for abject failure to meet its responsibilities.
3%
Should Congress follow President Bush's lead and approve off-shore drilling?
Yes
77%
No
21%
Undecided
2%
Iran's latest missile test means:
Nothing. It's a show-off bluff.
33%
They're planning to attack Isreal soon.
22%
They're just warning others not to attack.
27%
I'm still very confused about what's going on.
19%
Iraq's prime minister wants to set a timetable for the U. S. to get out. That's:
Great. Let's do it.
71%
Premature. It would help the enemy.
17%
Ridiculous. Who does he think he is?
12%
Barack Obama says that, if elected he'd expand faith-based programs. That makes me:
More likely to vote for him
10%
Less likely to vote for him
27%
Still firm in choice I've already made
63%
Should Illinois restrict school cafeteria choices?
Yes
19%
Yes, but let local districts decide
38%
No
43%
U. S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich wants to impeach President Bush. That is:
Absolutely the right thing to do.
9%
Should have been done years ago.
29%
The right thing, but too late in term to bother about.
16%
Just a ridiculous political stunt.
39%
Absolutely the wrong thing.
7%
Should President Bush pardon George Ryan?
Yes. He was wrongly convicted.
2%
Yes, but only because of his age and health.
8%
No way.
82%
Don't care one way or the other.
8%
My favorite Sydney Pollack movie is:
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
1%
Jeremiah Johnson
25%
The Way We Were
14%
Three Days of the Condor
6%
The Electric Horseman
3%
Tootsie
28%
Out of Africa
11%
Havana
1%
The Firm
7%
The Interpreter
2%
One not on this list
3%
Davenport's seatbelt enforcement efforts are:
A great idea
31%
OK, if officers have nothing better to do
20%
A clear waste of resources
27%
A mockery of the Constitution
23%
Should Hillary Clinton drop her presidential candidacy?
Yes, right now.
51%
She should stay in until all primaries are over.
13%
She should carry the fight all the way to the convention.
36%
Is Jimmy Carter's personal diplomacy helping Mideast peace efforts?
Yes
24%
No
67%
Uncertain
9%
Is a temporary halt to the federal gas tax a good idea?
Yes
65%
No
26%
Not sure
8%
Should cities provide police traffic control for the annual Bi-State Motorcycle Awareness Council ride?
Yes
62%
No
36%
Not sure
2%
Should the Illinois Constitution be amended to provide for voter recall of state officials?
Yes
87%
No
10%
Not sure
3%
I predict that on June 1, 2008, gasoline in the Q-C will cost:
More than $5 per gallon.
4%
Between $4 and $5 per gallon.
21%
Between $3.50 and $4 per gallon.
53%
Between $3 and $3.50 per gallon.
19%
Less than $3 per gallon.
4%
Should Illinois rewrite its constitution?
Yes
28%
No
55%
Don't know
16%
Should marijuana be legalized for medicinal use?
Yes
65%
No
27%
Don't care
8%
Re: the Illinois primary election Tuesday, I'm:
Independent, will vote in R primary.
6%
Indepenent, will vote in D primary.
7%
a D, will vote in D primary.
42%
a D, but will vote in R primary.
2%
an R, will vote in R primary.
23%
an R, but will vote in D primary.
9%
not going to vote.
10%
If I get a federal tax rebate, I'm:
Saving the money.
26%
Paying down some credit cards.
31%
Getting a new washing machine (or stove, etc.).
2%
Upgrading the TV.
5%
Making a down payment on a new car.
2%
Taking a trip.
11%
Catching up the utility bill.
5%
Buying the kids some new clothes.
3%
Heading for the boat, to double my $.
3%
Doing none of the above.
11%
A fire department plans to raise money with a coyote hunt.
Where do I sign up?
26%
Unusual but, hey, whatever.
35%
Cruel and inhumane.
31%
There oughta be a law.
8%
State Rep. Mike Boland of East Moline says he may run for Governor. I:
Like that idea. I'd vote for him.
23%
Don't think he's serious.
17%
Wouldn't ever vote for him.
60%
In visits to Illinois bars, restaurants since Jan. 1, I've:
Seen no one smoking.
38%
Seen people smoking, but I don't care.
57%
Seen people smokiing and complained.
5%
I received a gift card for Christmas and I've:
Already spent it all.
32%
Spent part of it, & will spend the rest.
15%
Not used it yet.
43%
Got a history of forgetting them.
10%
My Christmas shopping spending this year will be:
More than $1,000
22%
Between $750-$1,000
15%
Between $500-$750
17%
Between $250-$500
24%
Between $10-$250
16%
Less than $10
5%
Is performance-based pay for teachers a good idea?
Yes
75%
No
21%
Unsure
4%
Shoud high schools be drug-testing students?
Yes
65%
No
32%
Unsure
4%
Should Moline give final approval to a smoking ban in some city parks?
Yes
45%
No
53%
Unsure
2%
Should Al Gore enter the presidential race?
Yes
27%
No
70%
Not sure
3%
Were Illinois lawmakers right to require a 'moment of silence' at the start of each school day?
Yes
60%
No
34%
Undecided
7%
Should Blackwater hired guns be subject to criminal law?
Yes
61%
No
33%
Unsure
5%
How far will the Cubs get in post-season play?
The divisional playoffs
30%
The league playoffs
12%
The World Series
16%
All the way: World champs
24%
What are the 'Cubs'?
19%
What should Moline do to balance its budget?
Cut weed abatement program
14%
Close a fire station
3%
Dismiss 6 firefighters
4%
Close aquatic center
8%
Cut downtown library
28%
Sell Turner Farm property
26%
Furlough employees
7%
None of above
5%
All the above
6%
Which fictional hero would you want with you in a pinch:
Indiana Jones
16%
John McClane
3%
James Bond
17%
Jason Bourne
14%
Jack Bauer
6%
Lara Croft
10%
MacGyver
35%
Of the finalists in the 're-name The Swing Contest" I like:
Channel Cats
7%
Current
2%
River Bandits
32%
River Eagles
8%
Swing
3%
Talons
2%
None of the above
45%
Should an Iowa district court ruling permitting same-sex marriage be overturned?
Yes (It's against the Bible)
14%
Yes (Marriage is only for men and women)
42%
No (Forbidding same-sex marriage is discriminatory)
15%
No. (Live and let live)
30%
I voted for Rod Blagojevich in 2006 and:
It was a good choice.
14%
It was a giant mistake.
73%
It may turn out OK en the end.
14%
If the Republican primary where held today, I'd vote for:
Sam Brownback
0%
Rudy Giuliani
1%