2017 Landscape Poll

Every year, the Center for Civic Policy (CCP) commissions a statewide poll to get a reading of public opinion regarding some key public policy issues as New Mexico prepares for another legislative session. The poll was conducted on December 15 thru 19, 2016.

* Most Important Issues? Education and the Economy Concern Voters Most

Of all the issues facing New Mexico, what is the single most important one to you that the state government in Santa Fe can do something about? And what is the next most important issue? % Mentioned as Top 2 Responses

  • 39% Education/Schools33 Economy/Jobs
  • 12% Crime/Drugs/DUI
  • 11% Illegal Immigration in General/Border Security
  •   9% Health Care
  •   8% Budget Issues/Spending
  •   6% Children Safety/Childrens Issues
  •   6% Corruption/Bad Politicians/Money in Politics
  •   %6 Taxes

* Conversion Therapy? New Mexicans reject it

Conversion therapy refers to programs by some mental health practitioners that try to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Do you support or oppose the state of New Mexico prohibiting these practices from being used on children under 18? (If support/oppose) Do you feel strongly about that or not?

  • Support – Strongly…………………. 54%     Support – Not Strongly…………… 6
  • Oppose – Strongly …………………. 22       Oppose – Not Strongly …………… 10
  • (Don’t Know) ………………………… 8
  • Total Support………………………. 60%     Total Oppose ………………………. 32

* Coyote Hunting Contests? New Mexicans don’t like it

In many areas of New Mexico, there are organized coyote killing contests where participants randomly target and kill as many coyotes as possible in order to win prizes for the most, largest, and smallest coyotes killed. Do you support or oppose coyote killing contests? (If choice) Do you feel strongly about this or not?

  • Support – Strongly…………………. 15%           Support – Not Strongly…………… 10
  • Oppose – Strongly …………………. 44             Oppose – Not Strongly …………… 17
  • (Don’t Know) ………………………… 14
  • Total Support………………………. 25%          Total Oppose ………………………. 61

* Transfer Federal Public Lands to State Control? No way

Thinking about national forests, national parks, wildlife refuges, and other national public lands in New Mexico, do you support or oppose the New Mexico government and taxpayers assuming full control of managing these public lands, including paying for all related costs, including the cost maintenance, law enforcement, and preventing and fighting wildfires currently paid for by the federal government? (If choice) Do you feel strongly about this or not?

  • Support – Strongly…………………. 21%             Support – Not Strongly…………… 10
  • Oppose – Strongly …………………. 34               Oppose – Not Strongly …………… 17
  • (Don’t Know) ………………………… 18
  • Total Support………………………. 31%            Total Oppose ………………………. 51

* Protect and Conserve Wildlands and Recreation opportunities? Off the charts

New Mexico is known for its vast wildlands and recreation opportunities that draw people from near and far. How important do you think it is it for New Mexico’s leaders to protect and conserve these opportunities and the lands are they are today for future generations – very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?

  • Very Important ……………………… 75%              Somewhat Important …………….. 17
  • Not Too Important…………………. 2                    Not Important at All ………………. 2
  • (Don’t Know) ………………………… 4
  • Total Important…………………… 93%              Total Not Important…………….. 3

* Transition Away from Fossil Fuels? Do it

How important do you think it is for the New Mexico economy to eventually transition completely away from fossil fuels like gas and oil – very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?

  • Very Important ……………………… 38%                Somewhat  Important …………….. 25
  • Not Too Important…………………. 11                   Not Important at All ………………. 22
  • (Don’t Know) ………………………… 5
  • Total Important…………………… 63%               Total Not Important…………….. 33

* Legalize, Tax, and Regulate Marijuana Sales? It’s time

Now I am going to ask about a proposal to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana sales to adults 21 and over. Supporters say this proposal would remove $400 million in annual sales from the criminal market in the first year alone and put that money into the New Mexico economy; create 11,000 new jobs; and direct more revenue to education, healthcare, and addiction treatment without raising taxes. Would you support or oppose this proposal? (If support/oppose) Do you feel strongly about this or not?

  • Support – Strongly…………………. 53%               Support – Not Strongly…………… 11
  • Oppose – Strongly …………………. 21                 Oppose – Not Strongly …………… 9
  • (Don’t Know) ………………………… 6
  • Total Support………………………. 64%              Total Oppose ………………………. 30

* Priority Choices? Invest

Which one of the following do you think should be the higher priority for the Governor and New Mexico legislature right now:

Keeping taxes low on businesses and individuals, ……………………………………… 24%

OR Investing in key priorities like education, healthcare, and job creation…….. 60

(Both) ……………………………………………12

(Neither) ………………………………………..1        (Don’t Know) ………………………………….3

 

 

The 2017 Landscape Poll was conducted by Third Eye Strategies. This survey contained 601 active registered voters who say they voted in 2016 presidential election. Voters of all ages and places in the states were interviewed by live callers. Respondents were interviewed between4:00 and 9:00 pm between December 15th and 19th, 2016. 43.9% (264) of interviews were conducted on cell phones. The data were adjusted slightly by gender, age, ethnicity, and region to best represent the distribution of active likely voters and those recently registered. All polls are subject to errors caused by interviewing a sample of persons, rather than the entire population. In 95 cases out of 100, the responses to this survey should be within plus or minus 4.48 percentage points of those that would have been obtained from interviewing the entire population of likely voters.