Nov. 8, 2007
By Guido Stempel
Ohioans shared their views on two weighty issues in polls conducted recently by the university's Scripps Survey Research Center.
Sixty-two percent of Ohioans believe higher education is very important, however only 33 percent say a college education is financially feasible for most of the state's residents and only 26 percent believe the state is providing adequate funding.
Sixty-eight percent of the respondents said funding elementary and secondary education is very important, but only 47 percent would support an increase in either the sales tax or the state income tax to fund education.
In a separate poll, respondents said they think illegal immigration is a problem, but not as serious for Ohio as for the country as a whole. The survey found that 79 percent believe it is a problem for the nation, but only 65 percent think it is a problem for Ohio.
Sixty-eight percent of Ohioans also think illegal immigration is a threat to national security. While half of the respondents think the U.S. has been successful in fighting national security problems, only a third feel more secure than they did a year ago.
Seventy-seven percent of the respondents favor imposing financial penalties against companies that hire illegal immigrants. Only 44 percent favor construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Both polls were conducted between Oct. 7 and 21 by a political communication class under the supervision of Associate Professor of Communication Studies Jerry Miller. In both cases, 536 randomly selected adults were surveyed, and there was a sampling error of 4 percent.