Posted: Oct 25, 2013 7:25 PM by MTN News - Billings
BILLINGS - Montanans are generally unhappy with the performance of their elected officials in Washington D.C., according to a new poll.
In the poll conducted recently by Montana State University-Billings and released this week, a narrow margin of residents said they support same-sex marriage while a strong majority opposed legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.
The telephone poll of 410 adult state residents was conducted between October 7th and October 10th by political science students at the college.
The results have a five percent margin of error and a confidence level of 95 percent, meaning 95 percent of the results will fall within the margin of error.
The university has conducted 27 similar polls in the last 25 years.
Here's a rundown of the results:
1. Obama's disapproval rate is 63.3 percent , up form 55.7 percent in 2012. About 29 percent approve of then president's performance, while 7.5 percent said they were undecided.
2. Just more than half of those polled - 50.4 percent - said they feel the economy is worse off than a year ago. About 32 percent said the economy is better.
3. The Affordable Care Act is opposed by 56.7 percent of those polled.
4. Nearly 70 percent of respondents said they opposed the effort to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act by shutting down the government.
5. Respondents were nearly split on their support - 37.1 percent - and opposition - 38 percent - to raising the national debt limit. Just under 30 percent said they were undecided.
6. Taking military action with air strikes against Syria if that nation is found to be in violation of an agreement to destroy its chemical weapons is opposed by 45.6 percent and supported by 36.6 percent.
7. Most respondents - 43.9 percent - oppose actions of the Tea Party.
8. Gov. Steve Bullock received an approval rating of 53 percent. Thirty-three percent said they were undecided, and 14 percent disapprove of Bullock's performance.
9. U.S. Sen. Max Baucus received an approval rating of 44.1 percent and a disapproval rating of 39 percent. Just under 17 percent said they were undecided.
10. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester received an approval rating of 44.7 percent and a disapproval rating of 39.4 percent. Just under 16 percent were undecided.
11. U.S. Rep. Steve Daines received an approval rating of 39 percent, a disapproval rating of 24 percent, and 37 percent were undecided.
12. A majority of respondents - 55 percent - said state gun laws to remain the same. 18 percent support more strict gun laws, while 25 percent said they support less strict gun laws.
13. A large majority - 63.9 percent - oppose legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.
14. A slim majority - 46.6 percent - support same-sex marriage, while 42.6 percent oppose it. Just under 11 percent said they were undecided.