With Vermont on the backside of the first COVID-19 wave, we wanted to find out what people think the state should do next? Prepare for a second wave? Address revenue shortfalls? Get people back to work?
Results were gathered by phone 6/4/2020. Sampling of 285 Vermont respondents. This page last updated 7/1/2020.
A few key takeaways we found were that a surprising number of respondents preferred to reduce spending over utilizing federal funds or deferring the impact of revenue shortfalls. Respondents were much more in favor of using federal funds to help families and businesses impacted by the pandemic.
Even though voters generally support liberal and progressive candidates in the state, half of respondents preferred Republican candidates to handle the recovery effort over other parties. This may be an extension of Governor Scott's approval rating in handling the pandemic response. Additionally, respondents were evenly split between rebuilding the economy and focusing on preventing a second surge. This is an interesting dichotomy as focusing on rebuilding now may help the economy in the short term, while preventing a second surge may do more to protect the economy in the long-term. Respondents positions on this are likely determined by their employer and how much they were impacted by the first wave of the pandemic.
Thank you to anyone who participated in our survey. If you missed the opportunity and want your voice counted, you can still participate online here: vtwatercooler.com/june2020survey
-The Vermont Water Cooler Team