Job creation should be the top priority of state legislators when the Delaware General Assembly reconvenes in January, according to more than half the respondents of the M.O.T. Democrat’s 7th annual straw poll.
The annual straw poll, conducted at the Olde Tyme Peach Festival, asks respondents to identify the issues they think legislators should address in the coming year. Respondents can choose more than one priority.
This year, job creation received 68 votes out of 123 respondents, followed by education reform (38 votes), health care reform (34) services for the elderly and disabled (20), tax reform (13), improve air/water quality (10) and reduce the size of government (9).
M.O.T. Democrats said 62 percent of this year’s respondents also reported that federal budget sequestration has had a significant or moderate impact on their lives, while 13 percent said the automatic spending cuts have had no impact on them or they did not know if it had impacted their lives.
Each survey participant received a chance to win a prize in a drawing held at the end of the Aug. 17 festival. The prizes, donated by state representatives in local districts, included an American flag painting, a fall decorative display, a child’s art kit and a remote-controlled toy. Winners included M.O.T.-area residents Sue Graham, Deb Williams, Edward McKay and Julie Cruz.
The M.O.T. Democrats, which include party members in the state’s 8th, 9th and 11th state House districts, meet at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in the M.O.T. Jean Birch Senior Center at 300 S. Scott St.