Study examines Missourians voter preferences on health care, immigration, Senate race -

Study examines Missourians voter preferences on health care, immigration, Senate race

The race for the Senate
It’s a tight race and the vote could go either way for the Missouri Senate seat – that’s according to the results of a recent research poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, Inc. 

When asked who they would vote for if the 2010 general election for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat were held today, 48 percent of voters said they would vote for Roy Blunt, and 42 percent said they would vote for Robin Carnahan. Ten percent were undecided.

That ten percent is enough to swing the vote either way for Blunt or Carnahan.

Race also seemed to play role in who was rooting for whom. Nearly 90 percent of blacks say they would vote for Carnahan, while only two percent said they would vote for Blunt.

On the other hand, more than 50 percent of Whites say Blunt will get their vote. That’s compared to only 37 percent who said they would cast a ballot for Carnahan.

Proposition C: Health care

On the August primary ballot, voters will be asked if Missouri statues should be amended to deny government the authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance.

Of the Democratic voters polled, 27 percent are in favor of Proposition C, and 48 percent oppose the measure. On the other side, 67 percent of Republican voters say they would vote “yes”, and 16 percent say they would vote “no”.

The state of the Union
Sixty percent of Missourians polled for this study say the economy is the single most important issue facing the nation today.

Twenty percent say government spending and taxes top their list, and 12 percent are most concerned with healthcare.

Only four percent say the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are the most pressing issues.

When it comes to perception on how the commander in chief is doing, 57 percent of Missourians disapprove of the job President Barack Obama is doing. That’s compared to only 34 percent who say he’s doing a good job.

That gap grows even wider for thoughts on whether or not the country is on the right track. Sixty-five percent of Missourians polled for this study say the country is on the wrong track. Only 28 percent say it’s headed in the right direction.

Hot topic: Immigration
Arizona’s immigration law sparked a nation-wide controversy. When asked whether or not they would support a Missouri law similar to Arizona’s, voters stood on opposite sides.

Nearly 70 percent of Missourians say they would support a law that would grant state and local law enforcement the power to make people show proof that they are legal residents of the country.

The law would only apply to people already stopped for possible law violations. Those not able to provide proof could be arrested.

Only 25 percent were opposed to this proposal.

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