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Sanchez High political poll implies similar concerns

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The primary election is  less than a year away, and an early poll by Sanchez High School students shows many of the same issues rank as the public's top concerns. The survey also predicts a tight race for Governor, although a majority of voters are still undecided.

There were a total of 957 respondents, all registered voters representing a fair cross-section of the community. What stood out the most for the pollster students of teacher Andri Baynum? "For me, education felt the most, I was surprised at how high it was on the poll that we conducted. I honestly thought that it was going to be much lower," he explained.

Feedback from several included, "What stood out mostly for me was the live firing range at Andersen Air Force Base," and "We had a lot of protests and we had a poll online, and it just surprised me because it ended up being the lowest percentage in the whole poll. The hospital seems like a pretty important point at least to me, because you come from a family of nurses and everything. I would just have that mentality."

Others said, "Even for something small, like a shot you have to pay. And even for physicals too you have to pay. And that's what really surprised me that people wouldn't want to pay for universal health care."

And yet more said, "I was mostly surprised that the results for government borrowing was only 13% , because most of the, like the majority of the citizens that I did interview on the phone or surveyed a lot of them did say their main concern was oh you know economical issues."

Not surprisingly, perennial concerns such as education, crime and health care still top the list.

How should elected officials improve government operations?  Survey says: Create more jobs, and stop borrowing money. What about paying more taxes to fund universal health care? It was a close split, but the nays had a slight edge.

What to look for in selecting a candidate? Family relations were least important, as was party affiliation. Advertising and personal attention through pocket meetings were more important.

And finally, who will be the next governor if an election were held now? The majority are still undecided. But in a tight race, Senator Frank Aguon jr. has the slight edge over Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio.

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