Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Millsaps-Chism survey: Voters like Bryant & Hood

Millsaps College and Chism Strategies released a "State of the State survey that is posted below.

Voters Give Strong Reviews for Governor Bryant, Attorney General Hood

Mississippians support an increase in the cigarette tax, expansion of Medicaid, and stronger regulations for gun shows, according to the April 2018 Millsaps College-Chism Strategies State of the State Survey. Voters statewide are slightly more upbeat about the direction of the state than in previous months. With the conclusion of the 2018 legislative session, Mississippians have reservations about the performance of the State Legislature, but are more likely to approve of their own elected representatives than they are of the institution. They also strongly approve of the performance of Governor Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood.

According to the survey, 44% of respondents agree that the state is on the right track. This is an increase from just 37% in the September 2017 State of the State Survey and 42% in the January 2018 survey. Looking at the State Legislature, 30% of Mississippians approve of the institution’s performance while 41% disapprove. On the other hand, 40% approve of the work being done by their own elected legislators while 30% disapprove.

“We are hopeful that the Millsaps College-Chism Strategies State of the State Survey will continue to shed light on the way citizens perceive their institutions of government, some of the key actors in state politics, and important issues that have been debated in the most recent legislative session as well as past sessions,” said Dr. Nathan Shrader, assistant professor of political science and director of American Studies at Millsaps College. “Particularly, we find for the third consecutive quarter that Mississippians remain adamant about fixing roads and bridges, securing more funds for public schools, and improving access and affordability of health insurance in the state. These are important findings because we are now seeing clear patterns form within the electorate regarding their priorities and preferences.”

Other key survey findings from the Millsaps College-Chism Strategies State of the State Survey:

54% approve of the performance of Governor Phil Bryant, while 35% disapprove
Attorney General Jim Hood has an approval rating of 55%, while 25% disapprove
Lt. Governor Tate Reeves has an approval rating of 38% and a disapproval rating of 34%
51% approve and 45% disapprove of President Donald Trump’s job performance
Just 30% approve of the performance of the State Legislature, but 40% approve of their own elected legislators
A combined 63% say that their top policy priorities are either fixing roads and bridges, more money for public schools, or improved access and affordability of healthcare
Voters favor expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, 52% to 36%
64% of voters favor raising the state’s cigarette tax, a proposal defeated by the legislature
Mississippians are evenly split on arming schoolteachers, but strongly favor tighter regulations of gun shows

“Our partnership with Millsaps College on this survey research is important to me as an alumnus of the Millsaps Political Science Department,” said Brad Chism, President of Chism Strategies. “This survey series helps Millsaps enhance its role in the informed discussion about key issues in our state. This research will be a useful tool in any serious debate about public policy alternatives in our state.”

The State of the State Survey involves a partnership between the Millsaps College Political Science Department, the Institute for Civic and Professional Engagement at Millsaps, and Chism Strategies. The survey was completed March 27th. Sample size of 603 with 67% of interviews conducted via landline and 33% via cell phone. The survey has a Margin of Error of +/-4 %. Results were weighted to reflect 2015 general election turnout for age, race, gender, and partisanship.


Anonymous said...

Tater is toast

Anonymous said...

Mishaps is part of the liberal swamp. I don't trust anything that comes from Milsaps.

Anonymous said...

In other words, the legislature didn't do anything their constituents wanted this past session in regards to public education, roads and bridges, and cigarette taxes? Go figure!? LOL!

Anonymous said...

Google Chism Strategies and note their clients and it becomes apparent how little this survey is worth.

Anonymous said...

67% of respondents are white. The latest in a long line of bad samples from Chism who is not a pollster.

Anonymous said...

I don't know that it was this particular survey (probably was), but I was getting a call every day regarding a local poll. This went on for a month, sometimes twice a day. I finally blocked the call.

These polls are as meaningless as a fart in a whirlwind, yet some think-tank geniuses and political wannabees always try to make some resounding corollary with reality out of them.

Anonymous said...

9:53... Millsaps*

- Liberal Swamp

Anonymous said...

Brad Chism trolls Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

Please welcome Governor Hood

Anonymous said...

This poll shows support for Medicaid expansion and more restrictions on guns................ Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Anonymous said...

Too bad Jim isn't running thisnovember, he would win in a landslide along with Epsy.

Anonymous said...

Tate may end up regretting his not accepting Gov Bryant's rumored appointment to Cochran's Senate seat.

Anonymous said...

12:47 without a doubt, BUT his policy people live in a dream world.

Anonymous said...

A Democratic congress will do Hood no favors.

Anonymous said...

@ 1:18, you have a point.

Anonymous said...

With an approval rating in the 30's Tater will not be elected. If Republicans want to keep the office they need to be seriously looking for a primary candidate.

Anonymous said...

I really, really hope Ye Olde Establishment does not present Tater as the heir apparent to Feel.

No one likes him. Just like no one liked Hillary. But Ye Olde Establishment (DNC persuasion) agreed that "It's Her Turn!" and ran her. And LOST.

Just like Tater will lose, if someone halfway credible, and of any party, will run against him and promise to vote in favor of:
1. A lottery
2. Higher cigarette taxes
3. Using the extra revenue to fix the damn roads

A fed up taxpayer who spent thousands last year replacing shocks, struts, and windhshields in vehicles that aren't even driven that much! Road conditions are f-ing ridiculous!

Anonymous said...

If you want the Blackmon's running this state, please help me elect Joel Bomgar to whatever he runs for.

This is an unpaid political announcement and advertisement.

Anonymous said...

@ 6:54pm

Right now, the MSGOP has done a masterful job of painting the Democrats as evil and anti-working whites.

To get lower/middle class whites on board with the lower/middle blacks would take a miracle. It seems Jim Hood is afraid to leave his comfort zone and unsure whether he wants to run for the big spot.

Hopefully, a Republican will run against Tater in the primary. Hoseman and Fitch are pragmatist that centrist and independents would support.

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