Survey says…?

Sen. Bill Doyle, who has served in the Legislature since 1969, has for decades done a Town Meeting Day survey to gauge Vermonters’ opinions on the issues of the day.

This year a freshman lawmaker has started a survey of his own.

Rep. Sam Young, a Democrat from Albany, is starting on online survey that he says will build on the tradition created by Doyle but cater to younger residents.

“With questions that tend to focus on technology, energy and other issues important to a younger demographic, Rep. Young invites you to participate in his town meeting day survey and to voice your concerns on the many challenging issues facing Vermonters,” a news release announcing the survey said.

The survey can be done at www.repsamyoung.com.

One Response to Survey says…?

  1. My preference is Senator Bill Doyle’s survey.
    Rep. Sam Young’s survey has room for plenty of improvement both in terms of spelling and other errors as well as some poorly asked questions and also not allowing for an other option for certain ones he did not manage to include answers for when those provided failed to answer the question correctly.
    In some cases his questions and the answers he provides are akin to push-poll questions.
    The “usually vote for” question should allow an answer for other third parties (besides Progs) as well as for no particular preference (for those who vote all over the map: i.e., for the person, not any given party label).
    The state healthcare reform question does not allow for making a preference to providing state-run universal health care (i.e., not simply finding a different way to fund healthcare insurance).
    The question on how to increase broadband/cell phone service availability not only excludes providing TV service — which Comcast, Fairpoint and others bundle — but one answer option is to “Offer to buy Fairpoint and build a state owned network”.
    It makes no sense for VT or any state to consider trying to buy Fairpoint as a whole. That said, it could be the question is merely badly worded or phrased.
    Rather a better answer might be for the state to offer to purchase Vermont’s portion of Fairpoint’s New England network and use such to build statewide network in partnership with local municipalities who opt in in order to provide community-based communication infrastructure, including TV service, serving businesses and homes, etc.
    After viewing and going through the process of answering all of the questions, I opted not to submit it, voting with my feet, so-to-speak.
    Instead I will wait to see if he bothers to improve it first or, if not, will wait until next time around to see if his poll has evolved by then.