Previous Reader Polls

12/14/12

The Daily Miner's photo package on the event referred to it as "Kingman's Christmas Parade," but the word Christmas is not part of the title of the Very Merry Parade of Lights. Should the holiday parade contain the word "Christmas"?

562  (87%)  Yes. Merry Christmas.

47  (7%)  No. Everyone knows it's the Christmas parade.

38  (6%)  No. Happy holidays.

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11/9/12

The Fiscal Cliff arrives on Jan. 1. On that date last year's temporary 2 percent payroll tax cut expires, certain tax breaks for businesses end, there are shifts in the alternative minimum tax that take a larger bite, the Bush tax cuts for all taxpayers end, and the ObamaCare taxes kick in. At the same time, the spending cuts that are part of the debt ceiling deal of 2011 will begin to go into effect, triggering deep, automatic cuts to over 1,000 government programs, including the defense budget. Can our government, the one that created this mess in the first place, get us out of this situation without too much damage to our wallets, our economy and our self-defense capabilities?

30  (5%)  No problem

45  (8%)  The solution won't be all that bad

129  (23%)   Life is going to be a bit tougher

360  (64%)  We're toast

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10/8/12

Mitt Romney promised in the debate to eliminate funding for PBS (think Sesame Street and Big Bird) if it means borrowing more money and creating more debt.

204  (31%)  PBS is worthy of taxpayer support.

39  (6%)  That's a tough one.

373  (56%)   If we can't find the political will to cut PBS, how can hope to balance the budget?

47  (7%)  If Romney can get away with that, what's next, our free Obama-phones?

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9/7/12

The major parties have had their conventions, using plenty of free air time on the networks and cable news outlets as an opportunity to sway undecided voters and to shore up the base. Did any of it make a difference to you?

598  (66%)  My mind was made up before the convention.

105  (12%)  I was undecided but now favor Obama.

72  (8%)   I was undecided but now favor Romney.

45  (5%)  I switched to Obama.

81  (9%)  I switched to Romney.

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8/17/12

The Department of Justice, in many cases with an assist from the ACLU, is challenging states that have voter identification laws.

110  (16%)  The voter identification requirement discriminates against the old, young and minorities.

372  (55%)  It's crazy to not require some sort of identification.

196  (29%)   Anybody curious why the DOJ is fighting laws that would make voter fraud more difficult?

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8/10/12

Your mom always thought it was silly for school to start the week before Labor Day. "Five days in and a holiday already," she'd say. "What kind of thinking is that?" KUSD beat that by 12 school days this year, opening classes on Thursday, Aug. 9.

51  (17%)  It was 103 outside. Kids might as well spend their time in an air-conditioned classroom.

87  (28%)  This is better. Kids don't forget as much and there are plenty of holidays in both semesters.

162  (52%)   August 9 is way too early.

9  (3%)   Mom sent me away to a boarding school.

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8/3/12

A superior court judge has upheld the trespassing conviction of Mervin Fried, who refused to change out of a T-shirt that had the F-word on it that he was wearing during a Board of Supervisors meeting. Fried is running for supervisor for District 4.

166  (39%)  Mervin Fried's rights were violated.

188  (44%)  We need people like Mervin Fried to show us why a dress code is a good idea.

75  (17%)   Other

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7/20/12

The Summer Games begin in a matter of days. Rate your level of interest:

87  (20%)  I'm watching as much as I can.

43  (10%)  If nothing else is on I may tune in.

109  (25%)  I'm going to pick and choose what I watch.

198  (45%)   Yawn.

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7/2/12

While America digests the news that the Affordable Care Act - aka "ObamaCare" - is Constitutional, let us know what has happened to your health insurance since the bill passed in 2010.

40  (5%)  I buy my own and the price has gone down.

167  (20%)  I buy my own and the price is up.

135  (17%)  I'm on a company plan and it's as good as ever.

467  (58%)  I'm on a company plan and it's a lot more out of my pocket.

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6/15/12

The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. This policy, which bypasses Congress, will impact about 800,000 illegal immigrants.

375  (24%)  Bravo! The president made the right call here.

500  (32%)  The president's doesn't have the authority to do this.

634  (41%)  I think this is an impeachable offense.

39  (3%)  I'm not sure/have no opinion about this.

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6/9/12

Mark Wimpee and Larry Carver were sworn in June 5 as members of the Kingman City Council, joining holdovers Carole Young, Janice Watson, Richard Anderson and Erin Cochran and Mayor John Salem. Is the town in good hands?

8  (2%)  Best Council ever

30  (9%)  This is a solid group

211  (62%)  Let's wait and see

93  (27%)  These guys don't fill me with confidence

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5/21/12

Due to a new state law, Kingman municipal elections for City Council and other local matters have been moved to match Arizona and federal elections in the summer (primary) and fall (general).

9  (3%)  I prefer Kingman having it's own special dates for elections for Council and local issues.

205  (77%)  Having elections at the same time is better. More voters will take part in choosing city leadership.

53  (20%)  The state has no business telling Kingman when to hold municipal elections.

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5/9/12

The Kingman municipal general election is next week, and three of the remaining six candidates will earn four-year terms. Which one of the six is your top pick?

160  (24%)  Larry Carver

43  (6%)  Kelly DeMaio

49  (7%)  Robin Gordon

81  (12%)  Janice Palmer

174  (27%)  Mark Wimpee

161  (24%)  Carole Young

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4/9/12

City Council is gathering more information before acting on Kingman Youth Coalition Beating Up Teen Tobacco's suggestion that smoking be banned in Kingman parks.

197  (30%)  I think the smoking ban is a great idea.

41  (6%)  The ban doesn't go far enough - Council should not allow smoking in Kingman, period.

314  (49%)  Banning smoking outdoors ... this is a joke, right?

98  (15%)  This is a bad idea. I think the ban on smoking indoors at bars and restaurants should be lifted.

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3/16/12

With rising uncertainty in the world - from rogue nations working toward nuclear weapons, to unstable governments and economies, severe weather, solar flares and, of course, the Mayan calendar and zombie apocalypse - there is increasing interest in preparing for 'Doomsday' as evidenced by the recent emergence of two new TV series: Doomsday Preppers (NatGeo) and Doomsday Bunkers (Discovery). Are you preparing for a doomsday of some sort by storing food, water and/or weapons?

58  (10%)  Heck, yes! And I'll be here long after you're gone!

164  (30%)  Whether it's 'doomsday' or just a natural disaster, Boy Scouts taught me to be prepared.

69  (12%)  This is hysteria, promoted by a government that just wants a reason to lock everyone up.

264  (48%)  Whatever. Wake me when the dust settles.

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3/6/12

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says an investigation by his volunteer cold case posse determined President Obama's long-form birth certificate that was released by the White House in April is a computer-generated forgery.

210  (27%)  The idea the president isn't an American citizen is ridiculous. The birth certificate is valid.

121  (16%)  The question isn't whether the birth certificate is phony, but why it's so obviously phony.

51  (7%)   I don't care if he was born in Tokyo and raised by Godzilla, Obama is a great president.

389  (50%)   There's no doubt the sheriff's posse is on to something.

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2/20/12

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who made a name for himself for his hardline stance against illegal immigration, confirmed last week he is gay. He also said he is still seeking the Republican nomination for Arizona's 4th Congressional District, which includes Mohave County. Will Babeu's sexual orientation determine how you will vote in the primary election?

269  (28%)   Yes

661  (68%)   No

45  (4%)   Not sure

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2/13/12

The Kingman Unified School District board will decide soon to either open Lee Williams High School the next school year, or to let it remain largely unused. In this sluggish economy, there is a financial risk in opening the school, which is the original Mohave Union High in old Kingman that underwent a complete makeover, including the new name, with money from the $80 million bond.

261  (62%)  KUSD can make it work: Open it!

132  (31%)  It's too risky at this time.

30  (7%)   I miss football season.

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2/6/12

A court case of local interest regards a man who was arrested in the County Administration Building for refusing to leave or change his shirt, which had "(F-word) the Tax" written on it.

196  (47%)  The county erred because this is clearly a free speech issue.

8  (3%)  Anything goes, as long as you don't mention my mom.

18  (4%)   The third-grade students on the "County Government in Action" field trip learned a new word!

191  (46%)   The man's apparel is a perfect illustration of why the county needs a dress code.

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1/24/12

The cover of the Jan. 23 Newsweek asked, "Why are Obama's critics so dumb?" What's your opinion:

237  (63%)  They're not

14  (4%)  Public education

62  (17%)   They listen to Rush Limbaugh

60  (16%)   If people would just pay attention, they would see Obama is doing a great job

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1/16/11

Are you comfortable with the county's position regarding the library annex lease?

40  (11%)  Yes

283  (80%)  No

32  (9%)   Not sure

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12/30/11

What's your feeling on 2012?

135  (58%)  It's going to be a very good year.

47  (20%)  I'm maxing out the credit cards so I can enjoy the Mayan calendar end-of-the-world in style.

30  (13%)   Can I take Feb. 29 off?

21  (9%)   I'm still using checks made with years that start with "19".

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12/9/11

After determining the cost of establishing a "quiet zone" for train traffic in the downtown Kingman area would be in the vicinity of $500,000, the City Council declined to take action

243  (63%)  Good call.

59  (15%)  A little more study might have found a sensible way to create an improvement district.

17  (4%)   Why create an improvement district? This is something everyone in town should pay for.

71  (18%)   I live within earshot of the tracks and the noise doesn't bother me.

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12/2/11

Kingman municipal elections are early next year, followed by races for county supervisor in November. Given your current outlook on how things are going locally, how do you plan to vote?

8  (3%)  The incumbents are doing a good job.

36  (15%)  I like some of the incumbents, but some of them need to go.

27  (11%)   It all depends on who is running.

164  (71%)   It's time to start fresh with new Council members and a new mayor and all new supervisors.

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11/18/11

When you count your blessings, how does this Thanksgiving stack up?

184  (45%)  I've got so much more to be thankful for.

84  (20%)   Life is about the same as it was last year.

34  (8%)   Life is always good in the Kingman area.

111  (27%)   Is it 2012 yet?

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11/4/11

A Yuma County justice court recently dismissed a misdemeanor trespassing charge filed against Jim Kanelos, the Hat Man, for declining to take off his red, white and blue bucket hat during a Board of Supervisors meeting.

361  (74%)   I'm not sure wearing a hat at county meetings is something the supervisors should be concerned about.

80  (16%)   Rules of decorum are appropriate when county business is being taken care of.

45  (9%)   The county adopts a dress code and some people aren't toeing the line ... is anyone surprised?

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10/28/11

In the pantheon of American holidays, how high does Halloween rank for you?

43  (14%)   It's way up there - I love the costumes and trick-or-treat children at the door.

103  (35%)   It's one of my favorites, but not as significant as Thanksgiving or Christmas.

103  (35%)   I wish October had only 30 days.

48  (16%)   Someone needs to look up the definition of "pantheon."

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10/24/11

Fox Petitions will circulate a referendum calling for the creation of a law that would make it a class 6 felony for a public official to tell a lie. A conviction could result in a jail sentence of between 6 and 18 months. What's your opinion?

156  (39%)   This would be a gigantic waste of time and money if it passed.

157  (40%)   Where do I sign?

84  (21%)   How many more prisons will we have to build?

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10/14/11

Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan and nine other Arizona sheriffs are demanding that a special counsel be appointed to investigate the roles of Attorney General Eric Holder and other top administration officials in a gunrunning probe that allowed weapons to find their way into criminals' hands.

287  (82%)   We need to know what Holder knew and when he knew it

16  (5%)   People are only making a big deal out of "Fast and Furious" because some Americans got killed

49  (13%)   It's time to move on

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9/19/11

The Mohave County Fair just wrapped up four days of entertainment, exhibits and carnival rides and games. How would you rate the experience?

46  (11%)   I thought it was great

79  (19%)   It was pretty good

57  (14%)   I have some ideas on how the fair could be improved

89  (21%)   It's time to pull the plug

146  (35%)   I don't go to county fairs

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9/12/11

The Arizona Department of Transportation says repaving work on Coyote Pass will start Sunday. Given the history of past start dates on this project, the problems the company hired to do the work has encountered, and how long the signs have been up advising motorists of the work, choose among the following:

84  (35%)   The work will be done on time and it will be great to drive on a smooth U.S. 93 over Coyote Pass

69  (28%)   I just hope they get all the asphalt down before it gets too cold

42  (17%)   ADOT will ticket all the work trucks as they drive through Golden Valley

49  (20%)   What? Brett Favre isn't on the Packers anymore?

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8/29/11

Hualapai Mountain Medical Center has been purchased by Kingman Regional Medical Center. How do you view the news:

124  (25%)   Kingman isn't big enough to support two hospitals

96  (19%)  KRMC is much improved because of the competition

182  (37%)   Kingman still needs two hospitals because KRMC doesn't have enough beds

94  (19%)   Other

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8/19/11

Much has been written about Standard and Poor's credit downgrade of the U.S. to AA+. Given what you know, where would you rate the U.S. in terms of being able to repay its $15-plus trillion in debt?

41  (16%)   AAA - Trust me, we're good for it

43  (16%)   AA+ - Paying this back might take longer than we expected

58  (22%)   AA - We'll worry about paying down the debt after we blow another trillion

122  (46%)   A - You expected us to pay it back? Seriously?

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8/15/11

The mysterious lights seen over Kingman Aug. 4 led to a lot of theories but only one truth - seven Cessna airplanes from a flight school were on a flight in the area that night, according to the Aug. 10 Miner. What's your opinion?

69  (33%)   I knew there was a logical explanation

59  (29%)   The speculation was fun while it lasted

50  (24%)   The Miner is participating in a cover-up of intergalactic proportions

29  (14%)   You guys still haven't done a poll about the new McDonald's

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8/5/11

Kingman's City Council appears poised to impose a 2 percent restaurant and bar tax, which would generate an estimated additional $1.7 million a year. Much of that money would go to road repairs to cover for Highway User Revenue Funds that have been gobbled up by the state.

53  (14%)   Great idea

72  (18%)   Great idea, but only if the tax automatically sunsets when HURF is restored

175  (46%)  Raising taxes in a slumping economy? You gotta be kidding me

84  (22%)  Why don't we just give all our money to the city and let them decide how much to give back to us

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7/25/11

The NFL lockout is over and the pro football season won't be interrupted.

90  (31%)   This news makes my day

86  (30%)   I really don't follow the NFL

31  (11%)  College football is more fun to follow

79  (28%)  I'm really glad you didn't have a poll question about the county property tax

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7/18/11

Polls have consistently shown that Americans generally oppose raising the federal debt ceiling. What is the mood in Mohave County?

87  (21%)   Raise the limit

6  (2%)   The debt is fine as is

277  (70%)  The U.S. needs to get serious about paying its debt

27  (7%)  Why didn't you have a question about the new Harry Potter movie?

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7/1/11

Mohave County is considering the idea of accepting credit cards as a form of payment for permits and other fees. Would you be willing to pay an extra 2.2 to 3.5 percent surcharge to use your credit card at county offices?

44  (13%)   Yes

233  (71%)   No

50  (16%)  Depends on the amount of the bill

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6/24/11

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar indicates he'll favor a permanent ban on uranium mining in the Arizona Strip outside Grand Canyon National Park. Salazar's announcement was praised by environmental groups and harshly criticized by local officials, who say mining uranium has the potential to create thousands of jobs and millions in revenue.

62  (16%)   Science is on Salazar's side

49  (13%)   Protect the environment no matter what

198  (52%)  There is no legitimate reason to ban mining in the area

70  (19%)   Salazar is just another eco-nut

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6/10/11

Congressman Anthony Weiner:

182  (24%)   Liar

82  (10%)   Not a big deal

27  (4%)  Everyone does it

329  (44%)   Resign already

133  (18%)   The jokes keep writing themselves

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6/6/11

Kingman Police have been busy with a 'Click It or Ticket' campaign recently, issuing 27 seat belt citations as of May 30 after having motorists herded onto large, mostly-vacant parking lots for other minor traffic offenses.

101  (33%)   I'm behind the KPD 100 percent on this one!

86  (28%)   It's just another excuse for the cops to pull you over to see what they can find.

107  (35%)  Seat belt citations are OK as a secondary violation, but the 'Click It or Ticket' thing is too much.

15  (4%)   The seat belt gets in the way when I text.

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5/27/11

The Kingman Unified School District is participating in a federal program that provides free lunch for all children, regardless of family income, from June 6 through July 29.

188  (37%)   I think this is a great program.

84  (16%)   Means testing is appropriate to limit the program to low-income families.

228  (44%)  Now I understand why the federal budget deficit for the current fiscal year is over $1 trillion.

14  (3%)   The program should include all adults.

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5/23/11

At county meetings regarding redistricting, rural residents have been vocal about having their own supervisor when the Board expands to five members.

84  (33%)   That's fine with me

111  (43%)   Districts should be created by the rules, not with a special goal in mind to make some people happy

57  (22%)   They can have my supervisor right now

6  (2%)   Other

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5/13/11

While calling for immigration reform in a speech at El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday, President Obama declared the border with Mexico more secure than ever. Is the president:

95  (12%)   Telling the truth

201  (25%)   Sadly mistaken

503  (62%)   Pandering to Hispanics and open-border liberals

15  (1%)   Other

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5/6/11

County employees will enjoy a taxpayer-funded picnic in June. Do you support this $4,000 expenditure, particularly in light of the fact county employees haven't had a raise in four years?

196  (30%)   Yes

368  (56%)   No

21  (3%)   Not sure

72  (11%)   This poll should have been about the new McDonald's, not the county employees' picnic

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4/29/11

Kate and William: How long will it last?

15  (2%)   5 years

17  (2%)   10 years

279  (38%)   Forever

431  (58%)   Who cares?

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4/22/11

Standard & Poor's has lowered its outlook for the United States' fiscal health and is urging lawmakers to reduce the massive federal deficit. Under those circumstances, which of the following should Congress do?

123  (40%)   Look at all avenues to reduce spending, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

152  (48%)   Leave entitlements alone, but consider all other government spending fair game for reduction

11  (4%)   Keep spending. Who cares what Standard & Poor's thinks?

23  (7%)   Other

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4/8/11

A Peach Springs woman was arrested recently for DUI even though blood alcohol content was below the legal limit of .08.

315  (44%)   Police should have the leeway to make arrests in such situations

343  (48%)   Police should follow the letter of the law

61  (8%)   Other

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4/1/11

As Congress negotiates a federal budget, the possibility exists that the federal government might shut down April 8th. How do you feel about this?

118  (25%)   The federal government must not be shut down under any circumstance

189  (39%)   Let the federal government shut down if it means deeper budget cuts

174  (36%)   Shut down the federal government, and leave it shut down

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3/22/11

There has been a tendency among some teachers in the Kingman Unified School District to allow students to advance even though they haven't completed the academic requirements. Superintendent Roger Jacks wants to end this practice, and require all students to meet the academic requirements before advancing to the next grade.

Do you think students should meet the necessary academic requirements before advancing?

440  (94%)   Yes

29  (6%)   No

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3/10/11

Do you think it is disrespectful to the American flag to wear clothing with its pattern?

183  (27%)   Yes

487  (73%)   No

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3/4/11

The Arizona Legislature is considering a number of measures aimed at making life in this state uncomfortable for illegal aliens. Laws being discussed would deny public housing, Medicaid and driving privileges, while also requiring schools and hospitals to ascertain the citizenship status of students and patients.

Do you agree with these proposals, or do you feel there are more pressing matters for the Legislature to address?

517  (89%)   I agree with the proposed laws

67  (11%)   I think the Legislature has more pressing matters

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2/25/11

According to finance department estimates, the city of Kingman needs $1.5 million to bring its street maintenance program up to date. Citizens and staff have proposed several options. Which of the following would you prefer?

77  (19%)   Raise the sales tax .25 percent (25 cents per $100 spent)

14  (3%)   Raise the sales tax .25 percent (25 cents per $100 spent)

6  (1%)   Enact a sales tax on food

13  (3%)   Close a fire station

218  (51%)   Sell or lease the Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course to a private entity

29  (7%)   Take it out of the $1.6 million parks maintenance budget

40  (10%)   Do nothing -- maintain roads at their current funding level

27  (6%)   Other

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2/18/11

Jon Kyl will not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. Who do you support to take his place?

262  (49%)   Joe Arpaio

38  (7%)   Jeff Flake

81  (15%)   Trent Franks

56  (10%)   Terry Goddard

39  (7%)   Janet Napolitano

66  (12%)   Other

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2/11/11

Should the Kingman Unified School District board vote to open Lee Williams High School starting with the 2011-2012 school year?

187  (56%)   Yes

144  (44%)   No

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2/4/11

The 2011 NASCAR season is getting underway. Are you a NASCAR fan?

164  (43%)   Yes

220  (57%)   No

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1/20/11

What would you like to see done with Kingman's impact fees?

211  (35%)   Eliminate all of them

56  (10%)   Reduce some

98  (16%)   Reduce all

42  (7%)   Raise them

194  (32%)   Leave them alone

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1/14/11

How would you rate the overall performance of our local law enforcement agencies?

133  (30%)   Exceptional

145  (32%)   Good

83  (18%)   Fair

88  (20%)   Poor

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1/7/11

Do you support the Arizona Corporation Commission reinstating UniSource's free power line extension policy?

77  (33%)   Yes, it will help spur development

155  (67%)   No, rate payers shouldn't have to pay for new growth

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12/23/10

Do you think 2011 will be better or worse than 2010?

90  (16%)   Much better

128  (22%)   A little better

131  (23%)   About the same

113  (20%)   Worse

59  (10%)   Much worse

49  (9%)   Better in some ways, worse in others

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12/14/10

Do you agree with City Council's decision to destroy confiscated guns rather than sell them?

229  (37%)   Yes

391  (63%)   No

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12/2/10

How will enhanced airport security measures -- body scans and pat-downs -- affect your air travel?

81  (14%)   I will fly less

229  (40%)   I won't fly at all

262  (46%)   Body scans and pat-downs don't bother me

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11/26/10

Do you plan to shop locally for your holiday gifts?

101  (38%)   Yes, most of my shopping will be local

74  (28%)   Yes, some of my shopping will be local

89  (34%)   No, I do not plan to shop for anything locally

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11/19/10

Are you concerned about the presence of a nuclear waste transport company in Kingman even though they've said none of the waste will come through Kingman?

119  (37%)   Yes

205  (63%)   No

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11/12/10

Should the Mohave County Fairgrounds be moved outside of Kingman?

276  (36%)   Yes

498  (64%)   No

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11/5/10

Do you think President Obama will be able to work with the new Congress to move the country forward?

142  (18%)   Yes

659  (82%)   No

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10/28/10

Do you think Mohave County is wasting taxpayer dollars by trying McCluskey, Welch and Province BEFORE turning them over to face murder charges in New Mexico?

527  (80%)   Yes

132  (20%)   No

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10/15/10

Do you agree with the Arizona Corporation Commission's decision to not allow Hualapai Valley Solar to use groundwater at it's proposed plant outside Kingman?

767  (56%)   Yes

608  (44%)   No

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10/15/10

Would you join an Arizona state militia to help patrol the border with Mexico?

477  (68%)   Yes

230  (32%)   No

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10/7/10

How many dogs should a county resident be allowed to own?

262  (22%)   One or two

231  (20%)   Three or four

25  (2%)   More than four

634  (54%)   As many as they can care for properly

24  (2%)   None

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10/1/10

Do you think the Arizona Cardinals will make it to the playoffs?

95  (23%)   Yes

323  (77%)   No

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9/23/10

As a taxpayer, would you be willing to fund a no-cost spay & neuter program?

432  (65%)   Yes

231  (35%)   No

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9/17/10

How satisfied are you with the quality and consistency of your local utilities (water, gas, electric, internet)?

73  (18%)   Very satisfied

154  (37%)   Somewhat satisfied

91  (22%)   Dissatisfied

96  (23%)   Extremely dissatisfied

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9/10/10

Do you think Mohave County Manager Ron Walker should be fired?

715  (83%)   Yes

143  (17%)   No

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9/3/10

Do you think it's appropriate for a pastor in Florida to burn the Quran on Sept. 11?

181  (30%)   Yes

429  (70%)   No

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8/27/10

Who do you believe will win the Arizona Governor's seat in November?

758  (74%)   Gov. Jan Brewer

245  (24%)   Terry Goddard

22  (2%)   Other

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8/20/10

Do you agree with the Mohave County Fair Board's decision to end horse racing at the fairgrounds?

188  (29%)   Yes

455  (71%)   No

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8/13/10

Do you think parents should have to pay fees for certain classes or activities their students attend at a public school?

303  (54%)   Yes

253  (46%)   No

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8/6/10

Do you know your neighbors by their first names?

116  (21%)   All of them

339  (61%)   Some

102  (18%)   None

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7/30/10

Do you think states should be able to create laws that trump federal laws?

299  (50%)   Yes

175  (29%)   No

130  (21%)   Under certain circumstances

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7/23/10

The Kingman City Council is considering changing its standard meeting day and time from 6 p.m. every first and third Monday. Which day and time would you prefer?

78  (45%)   6 p.m. Monday (current)

8  (5%)   5:30 p.m. Monday

33  (19%)   6 p.m. Tuesday

20  (12%)   5:30 p.m. Tuesday

1  (1%)   Some other day

6  (3%)   Some other time

27  (15%)   Some other day and time

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7/16/10

Do you plan to sign the petition to recall District I supervisor Gary Watson?

568  (57%)   Yes

436  (43%)   No

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7/9/10

Should Arizona sue the federal government for violating federal immigration law by allowing cities to give sanctuary to illegal immigrants?

942  (84%)   Yes

175  (16%)   No

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7/1/10

Overall, how would you rate customer service in Kingman?

21  (4%)   Top-notch

100  (17%)   Good

170  (28%)   Fair

199  (33%)   Poor

108  (18%)   Abysmal

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6/24/10

Do you think the city should allow residents on smaller lots (under an acre) to keep a limited number of chickens (no roosters) for laying eggs?

545  (72%)   Yes

214  (28%)   No

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6/18/10

How many World Cup games have you watched so far?

21  (9%)   1-2

9  (4%)   3-4

11  (5%)   5-7

6  (3%)   All of them

175  (79%)   None of them

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6/4/10

Do you agree with Arizona's legislation that gives the state Board of Education authority to prohibit ethnic studies classes in the public school system?

333  (64%)   Yes

185  (36%)   No

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5/28/10

Who should make the decision on whether or not homosexuals will be allowed to serve openly in the military?

85  (19%)   Congress

370  (81%)   Military

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5/18/10

Do you think the boycotts against Arizona are justified?

122  (14%)   Yes

748  (86%)   No

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5/14/10

Do you think Prop. 100, which would increase the sales tax in Arizona by 1 cent, will pass on Tuesday?

295  (43%)   Yes

387  (57%)   No

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5/7/10

Do you think any of the lawsuits against the county concerning 1st Amendment rights will be successful?

291  (42%)   Yes

359  (52%)   No

38  (6%)   I don't know

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4/28/10

Who is most to blame for the illegal immigration problem in Arizona?

588  (49%)   The federal government

80  (7%)   Former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano

359  (30%)   Business owners who knowingly hire illegal immigrants

83  (7%)   Mexican government

31  (3%)   President Obama

49  (4%)   Other

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4/16/10

Which area event are you looking forward to the most?

129  (22%)   Laughlin River Run

123  (21%)   Route 66 Fun Run

146  (25%)   Mohave County Fair

94  (16%)   Andy Devine Days Rodeo

100  (17%)   Other

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4/2/10

Which candidate for U.S. senator of Arizona would you vote for if the election were held today?

541  (34%)   John McCain

573  (36%)   J.D. Hayworth

473  (30%)   Neither

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3/19/10

Do you agree with the county's recent policies to increase security at the County Administration building?

185  (36%)   Yes

327  (64%)   No

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3/12/10

Why do you think turnout was so low in Tuesday's primary election?

8  (4%)   Adverse weather

7  (3%)   People at work

79  (39%)   Citizen apathy

62  (31%)   Inadequate promotion

25  (12%)   Mayor running unopposed

22  (11%)   Other

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3/5/10

Does the City make it too difficult for new businesses to come to town?

83  (35%)   Yes, the impact fees are too high

104  (43%)   Yes, there's too much red tape

22  (8%)   No, the bad economy is to blame

38  (14%)   No, Kingman isn't big enough to attract some businesses

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2/12/10

Which one of the six candidates for the three open seats on the Kingman City Council will get your vote for sure?

30  (4%)   Richard Anderson

167  (24%)   Erin Cochran

68  (10%)   Ray Lyons

146  (20%)   Jason Marino

64  (9%)   Allen Mossberg

76  (11%)   Janet Watson

159  (22%)   None of the above

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2/4/10

Should the Arizona AG's Office issue a ruling on the county's interpretation of ARS 11-410 concerning their prohibition of handing out campaign literature on county property?

356  (70%)   Yes

154  (30%)   No

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1/22/10

Some readers have told the Miner that there aren't enough 'good news' stories in the paper. Do you agree?

708  (79%)   Yes

183  (21%)   No

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1/15/10

If the election for Arizona governor was held tomorrow, who would you vote for?

86  (8%)   Jan Brewer

140  (13%)   Terry Goddard

97  (9%)   Dean Martin

44  (4%)   Vernon Parker

9  (1%)   John Munger

643  (60%)   Joe Arpaio

58  (5%)   Other

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1/8/10

Who's most to blame for the continued deficit in the state budget?

59  (9%)   Governor Brewer

132  (19%)   Republican state legislators

84  (12%)   Democrat state legislators

162  (24%)   National economy (Federal Gov't)

161  (24%)   President Obama

82  (12%)   Other

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12/31/09

Do you think Kingman's economy will rebound in 2010?

237  (26%)   Yes, it will rebound

361  (40%)   No, it will stay the same

311  (34%)   No, it will get worse

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12/24/09

Do you think solar plants proposed for our area should be required to use dry-cooling technology instead of using water?

546  (64%)   Yes

308  (36%)   No

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12/18/09

What's your favorite live-action Christmas movie?

59  (19%)   A Charlie Brown Christmas

3  (.7%)   A Garfield Christmas

5  (2%)   Eight Crazy Nights

11  (4%)   Frosty The Snowman

62  (20%)   How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

15  (5%)   The Little Drummer Boy

10  (3%)   Mickey's Christmas Carol

19  (6%)   The Nightmare Before Christmas

36  (11%)   Polar Express

60  (19%)   Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

16  (5%)   Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

0  (0%)   Super Sleuth Christmas Movie

1  (.3%)   The Very First Noel

17  (5%)   Other

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12/11/09

What's your favorite live-action Christmas movie?

182  (23%)   A Christmas Story

30  (4%)   Bad Santa

40  (5%)   Elf

8  (1%)   Ernest Saves Christmas

33  (4%)   Home Alone

122  (14%)   It's A Wonderful Life

4  (.5%)   Jingle All The Way

95  (12%)   Miracle On 34th Street

8  (1%)   Muppet Christmas Carol

141  (18%)  National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

3  (.5%)   Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

22  (3%)   Scrooged

38  (5%)   The Santa Clause

69  (9%)   Other

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12/4/09

Would you withhold your business from a retailer that says, "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas"?

438  (43%)   Yes

534  (54%)   No

27  (3%)   I don't celebrate Christmas

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11/20/09

How much of your holiday shopping will be done locally?

225  (25%)   All

209  (22%)   Most

241  (27%)   Some

234  (26%)   None

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11/13/09

How often do you use your cell phone while driving?

139  (14%)   All the time

186  (19%)   Frequently

344  (35%)   Once in a while

103  (11%)   Only in an emergency

202  (21%)   Never

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10/30/09

Do you agree with the 8-year sentence William Cannon received for shooting his friend, Duran Serna?

145  (23%)   Yes

349  (56%)   No, he should have received more time

131  (21%)   No, he should have received less time

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10/22/09

Do you think Pasqual Acuna's sentence on October 22nd for murder was appropriate?

66  (11%)   Yes

530  (87%)   No, he should have received more time

13  (2%)   No, he should have received less time

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10/16/09

Do you support the recent decision by the Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission to suspend the Call to the Public?

89  (17%)   Yes

425  (83%)   No

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10/9/09

Would you support a nuclear power plant being built in Mohave County as proposed this week by gubernatorial candidate John Munger?

813  (55%)   Yes

452  (31%)   No

202  (14%)   Maybe. I would need more information.

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10/2/09

Do you support plea bargains being offered to defendants?

149  (22%)   Yes, in all cases

179  (27%)   Yes, in minor cases only

237  (35%)   Never, when it involves a felony

105  (16%)   Never, in any case

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9/25/09

Do you support a ban on "colors" (patch or insignia on the back of a jacket or vest that identifies the person as a member of a motorcycle club) at bars, restaurants and events in Kingman?

242  (22%)   Yes. Ban colors at all of these.

796  (72%)   No. Colors should not be banned anywhere.

4  (.2%)   No. Only ban colors at restaurants.

30  (2.8%)   No. Only ban colors at bars and restaurants.

38  (3%)   No. Only ban colors at events, not at bars and restaurants.

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9/11/09

Would you support a mandatory H1N1 (swine flu) vaccination?

164  (20%)   Yes.

662  (80%)   No.

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9/11/09

Do you support the creation and funding of a new Economic Development and Marketing Commission to take over some duties from the current Economic Tourism and Development Commission?

641  (64%)   Yes. The ETDC focuses too much on tourism and not enough on attracting new businesses.

48  (5%)   Yes, but I don't think the new commission should be funded by new taxes.

308  (31%)   No. The ETDC should focus more on attracting business; but we don't need a whole new commission.

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9/2/09

Which local high school football team will collect the most wins this season?

337  (52%)   KHS Bulldogs

315  (48%)   KAOL Tigers

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8/21/09

Who has the best burger in Kingman?

64  (5%)   Burger King

107  (8%)   Carl's Jr.

118  (8%)   Chili's

14  (1%)   Chuy's

60  (4%)   Dambar & Steak House

506  (35%)   In and Out

31  (2%)   Jack in the Box

101  (7%)   Kingman Co. Steakhouse

23  (2%)   McDonald's

171  (12%)   Mr. D'z

56  (4%)   Sonic

54  (4%)   Wendy's

110  (8%)   Other

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8/13/09

Do you support the biodiesel plant as proposed?

742  (72%)   Yes

289  (28%)   No

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8/6/09

Would you support an increased bed tax to be used to enhance downtown Kingman?

357  (44%)   Yes

454  (56%)   No

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7/24/09

Should Arizona have a state vehicle inspection?

639  (47%)   Yes

720  (53%)   No

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7/17/09

Should prosecutors seek the death penalty against Darrell Ketchner, who is accused of killing 18-year-old Ariel Allison and seriously injuring her mother?

1033  (94%)   Yes

40  (4%)   No

29  (2%)   I don't know

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7/9/09

Would you be willing to pay a slightly higher sales tax at a new retail center, as opposed to an increase in the citywide sales tax?

109  (17%)   Yes

85  (13%)   Yes, but only if the new businesses sell items that can't be purchased elsewhere in town

299  (45%)   No

166  (25%)  Maybe, but I would want more information on it

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7/2/09

How often do you shop in downtown Kingman?

32  (4%)   Daily

77  (9%)   Weekly

66  (7%)  Twice or more a month

145  (16%)  Once a month

586  (64%)   Never

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6/26/09

Which TV news network do you watch the most?

40  (6%)  ABC

40  (6%)  CBS

65  (10%)  CNN

319  (51%)  FOX

83  (13%)  NBC/MSNBC

16  (3%)  PBS

66  (10%)  Other

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6/19/09

Which intersection in Kingman do you try to avoid?

407  (46%)  Stockton Hill/Airway Ave

334  (38%)  Stockton Hill/Beverly

27  (3%)  Airway Ave/Route 66

25  (3%)  Route 66/I-40

20  (2%)  Stockton Hill/Route 66

23  (3%)  Harrison St/Airway Ave

42  (5%)  Other

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6/12/09

Should the city of Kingman spend $22,000 on fireworks this year?

632  (58%)  Yes

452  (42%)  No

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6/5/09

When you need a quick trip out of town, where do you go most often?

331  (38%)  Bullhead/Laughlin

19  (2%)  Lake Havasu City

211  (24%)  Las Vegas

27  (3%)   Flagstaff

132  (15%)   Phoenix

42  (5%)   California

73  (8%)  Outdoors/Recreation

42  (5%)   Other

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5/29/09

If you could create anything in Kingman, what would you choose?

70  (7%)  Art/Culture center

107  (10%)  Roller rink

211  (20%)  Water park

286  (28%)  Shopping mall

40  (4%)   Movieplex

45  (4%)  Civic center

279  (27%)  Other

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5/21/09

Would you support extending the Mayor of Kingman's term to four years instead of two?

270  (38%)  Yes

363  (51%)  No

77  (11%)  Maybe

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5/8/09

How should the Kingman Police Department have handled the bear situation (May 7th)?

481  (28%)  The police took the appropriate action by killing the bear.

578  (33%)  They should have waited longer for Game & Fish to arrive.

627  (36%)  They should have had tranquilizers on hand to disable the bear.

60  (3%)  They should have left the bear alone.

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4/24/09

Should Arizona have a mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists?

708  (53%)  Yes

497  (37%)  No

128  (10%)  I don't care

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4/17/09

What do you think is the best way to reduce violent crime involving guns?

115  (12%)   Ban private ownership of assault rifles

24  (2%)  Ban private ownership of assault rifles and handguns

36  (4%)  Ban private ownership of all firearms

246  (24%)  Register all privately owned firearms

574  (58%)  No ban or registration of firearms

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4/9/09

Do you think the methamphetamine problem in Mohave County has gotten...

59  (7%)   Better

600  (70%)  Worse

193  (23%)  Stayed the same

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3/27/09

A number of our online readers reside outside Kingman. Where do you live presently?

469  (37%)   Kingman

331  (26%)  Mohave County (outside Kingman)

87  (7%)  Arizona (outside Mohave County)

117  (9%)  Southwest U.S.

62  (5%)  Northwest U.S.

92  (7%)  Midwest U.S.

45  (4%)  Northeast U.S.

51  (4%)  Southeast U.S.

10  (1%)  Outside U.S.

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3/20/09

Do you think marijuana should be legalized and taxed?

817  (69%)  Yes

371  (31%)  No

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3/13/09

Would you use a tri-city transportation system between Kingman, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City?

160  (21%)  Never

259  (34%)  Once in a while

260  (34%)  Yes, all the time

78  (11%)  I don't know

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3/6/09

Would you support a sales tax increase to help balance the state budget?

157  (23%)  Yes - a small increase

66  (10%)  Yes - whatever it takes

451  (67%)  No

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2/27/09

What should the Mohave County Board of Supervisors do concerning the purchase of new vehicles?

33  (5%)  Purchase vehicles costing no more than $40,000

71  (12%)  Purchase vehicles costing no more than $25,000

503  (83%)  Purchase no vehicles at this point in time

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2/20/09

What impact do you think the Stimulus Package will have on the economy?

42  (6%)  It will revive the economy completely

206  (27%)  It will help a little

260  (34%)  It will make things worse

254  (33%)  It won't help at all

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2/13/09

What concerns you most when it snows heavily in Kingman?

234  (25%)  Ice on the roads

2  (________________

2/6/09

What cuts would you have liked to see Kingman Unified School District make in lieu of declining state funding?

248  (42%)  Cut administrative positions

37  (6%)  Cut extracurricular activities

17  (3%)  Cut more bus routes

145  (24%)  Institute cost-saving measures like a four-day school week

129  (21%)  All of the above

27  (4%)  None of the above. KUSD board made the right decision to cut mainly teaching positions

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1/30/09

How should the city pay for its portion of Rattlesnake Wash?

90  (20%)  Issue bonds

29  (6%)  Increase sales tax

123  (27%)  Apply for grants

60  (13%)  Look for other sources of funding

157  (34%)  Don't build it

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1/20/09

How will the Cardinals perform against the Steelers?

200  (32%)  Win big

201  (32%)  Last second score for the win

32  (5%)  Overtime win

124  (20%)  Lose big

67  (10%)  Last second score for the loss

9  (1%)  Overtime loss

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1/16/09

How do you think history will remember George W. Bush as president?

108  (14%)  Great

200  (25%)  Good

105  (13%)  Mediocre

85  (11%)  Bad

290  (37%)  Terrible

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1/9/09

Why do you think Kingman's gas prices are among the highest in the nation?

130  (15%)  Greed of oil companies

495  (58%)  Greed of local gas retailers

157  (18%)  Location of Kingman

34  (4%)  George Bush

43  (5%)  Barack Obama

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1/2/09

Do you think Kingman Mayor John Salem has done a good job his first year in office?

274  (60%)  Yes

186  (40%)  No

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12/23/08

How much of your holiday shopping was done locally?

58  (13%)  One-fourth

49  (11%)  One-half

74  (16%)  Three-fourths

181  (40%)  All

90  (20%)  None

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12/12/08

Do you think Kingman can sustain a second Walgreens?

479  (54%)  Yes

404  (46%)  No

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12/5/08

How do you feel about a BMX freestyle track/park?

252  (21%)  City and/or County should help develop a track/park

149  (79%)  Private enterprise should help develop a track/park

50  (79%)  BMXers don't need their own track/park

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11/29/08

Do you think the federal government should bail out the U.S. auto industry?

134  (21%)  Yes

494  (79%)  No

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11/21/08

Do you think the Christmas season is promoted too early?

654  (88%)  Yes

89  (12%)  No

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11/7/08

Do you think Barack Obama will make a good president?

735  (46%)  Yes

875  (54%)  No

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10/17/08

Which school should be the Kingman High Bulldogs?

951  (75%)  Downtown

318  (25%)  Bank Street

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10/10/08

Who do you think is to blame for the bad economy?

140  (20%)  Government

25  (4%)  Wall Street

129  (19%)  Lending Institutions

23  (3%)   Consumers

371  (54%)  All of the above

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9/26/08

Do you think a federal bailout will stabilize the economy?

113  (14%)  Yes

675  (86%)  No

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9/12/08

Do you agree with the developer's decision to drop the convenience store from the Tuscany Village rezone plan?

212  (30%)  Yes

488  (70%)  No

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9/3/08

Do you think lowering impact fees to build in the city will bring more business to Kingman?

380  (62%)  Yes

233  (38%)  No

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8/15/08

Should Kingman Unified School District consider a four-day school week to save money?

603  (62%)  Yes

364  (38%)  No

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8/1/08

Do you think the city should keep Jack Kramer as city manager or conduct a search outside Kingman?

336  (50.1%)  Keep Jack Kramer

334  (49.9%)  Search outside Kingman

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7/18/08

Do you plan to use the recycling trailers the city is going to buy with its recently awarded grant?

494  (79%)  Yes

133  (21%)  No

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7/11/08

Would you object if your closest neighbor constructed a wind turbine in his/her yard?

116  (14%)  Yes

742  (86%)  No

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7/3/08

Do you think RAID (Residents Against Irresponsible Development) is helping Kingman, or hurting it?

161  (27%)  Helping

435  (73%)  Hurting

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6/13/08

Do you think the authorities were justified in removing the children from the polygamist community outside Eldorado, Texas?

590  (53%)  Yes

521  (47%)  No

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5/23/08

Have you changed your vacation plans because of high gas prices?

878  (81%)  Yes

201  (19%)  No

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5/16/08

When should students affected by AIMS augmentation get their diplomas?

68  (33%)  Upon graduation with their class

3  (2%)  90 days after the end of the legislative session

134  (65%)  Not until they pass all three subtests

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5/9/08

Which two candidates would you vote for in the May 20th City Council election?

60  (14%)  Pennington/Schritter

36  (9%)  Pennington/Walker

69  (16%)  Pennington/Young

60  (14%)  Schritter/Walker

60  (14%)  Schritter/Young

137  (33%)  Walker/Young

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5/2/08

Where do you think KUSD should put the new high school?

231  (47%)  East side of Kingman

100  (20%)  White Cliffs Middle School

81  (17%)  Mohave Community College

79  (16%)  North of MCC

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4/26/08

Kingman impact fees raise the cost of new homes an average of $2,900 and more than $26,000 for a 5,000-square-foot commercial building, with the fees earmarked to pay for city infrastructure needs. Do you support the impact fees?

167  (36%)  Yes

266  (58%)  No

29  (6%)  Not sure

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4/15/08

How would you rate the impact of the recent meth bust on Kingman's drug problem?

235  (26%)  Significant impact

272  (30%)  Moderate impact

281  (31%)  Very little impact

123  (13%)  No impact

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4/1/08

Who would you vote for in the coming election?

610  (56%)  John McCain

223  (20%)  Hillary Clinton

268  (24%)  Barack Obama

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