By a margin of two to one, voters in Queen Anne’s County are in favor of the State Department security training center that is proposed on a 2,000-acre site adjacent to Tuckahoe State Park.
That’s according to a poll by Hart Research that randomly selected likely voters, who were questioned on January 16-17.
Hart Research reported that initial reactions to the facility among voters countywide are “generally positive.”
Pollster Fred Yang said, “Moreover, it is the rare issue that cuts through partisanship, with roughly equal proportions of Democrats, Independents and Republicans on the same side.”
Support for the training center, Yang reported, “is strongest among voters who have been paying the most attention.”
He added, “When provided with details about the positive benefits of the project, 66 percent of voters surveyed say that have a favorable reaction, 11 percent are neutral and 21 percent are unfavorable.”
Yant said voters were provided with the leading arguments made by proponents and opponents, and then re-asked their attitudes about the project.
“After providing equal numbers of positive and negative comments,” Yang explained, “three-fifths (60 percent) of county voters say they are favorable. . . 12 percent are neutral and 27 percent are unfavorable.”
Stephen Meehan, spokesman for the Eastern Shore Leadership Council, which commissioned the poll, said it showed that “jobs and the economy” is the number one issue in Queen Anne’s County.
“This view is not surprising with nearly 2,000 unemployed county residents, record foreclosures, and bleak prospects for 2010 high school graduates,” said Meehan.
He added, “This poll should help citizens and elected leaders to identify the public support for this project and to dispel the false impressions created by county politicians and special interest groups working to stop this project.”
Hart Research is one of the leading public opinion and market research forms. Since 1989 it has conducted regular polling for NBC News and The Wall Street Journal.