Latest Google poll shows support dropping for Steamboat school bond
Steamboat Springs — A second Google consumer survey conducted via the Steamboat Today website on the proposed $92 million school bond indicates support for the measure may be dropping.
The poll, conducted between Oct. 2 and Oct. 6, gathered 1,013 responses from people who indicated they were registered to vote, twice the number of responses collected in an identical survey in mid-September.
Asked about the bond issue, 41.3 percent of respondents said they would vote ‘no,’ 36.8 percent were ‘undecided’ and 21.9 percent said they would vote ‘yes.’
The number of ‘no’ responses increased from the 37.9 percent recorded by the earlier poll, while the amount of ‘yes’ responses decreased from 24.6 percent in the earlier poll.
The results are not scientific and only represent presumed voters who visit the newspaper’s website; the most current results have a 3 percent margin or error.
When asked his reaction to the poll results during Wednesday’s election forum, Yes 2 Steamboat Schools co-chair Scott Bideau said he didn’t think the poll was dependable, saying he was prompted to take it multiple times when he accessed the site via different Internet protocol addresses during a recent trip.
“It’s not statistically significant,” said Bideau, who supports the bond. “I appreciate the thermometer, but our polling with registered voters that our volunteers have done has shown significantly more support.”
Bideau said the poll results do not change his desire to work hard to get the bond passed.
“I’m encouraged by the fact that the high school principal, the middle school principal, the elementary principal and the majority of the teachers I talk to, including the SSEA, they still endorse this plan,” Bideau said. “So I’m willing to work hard for it.”
Citizens for a Better Plan member Stephanie Smith said she felt the survey results were similar to an earlier reader poll conducted by Steamboat Today in July, in which 54 percent of respondents said they would not support a bond issue for a new high school.
Another 41 percent of readers who answered that poll said they would support a bond issue, and 5 percent were undecided.
“Again, we showed a resounding amount that is voting ‘no,’” Smith said, adding she thinks the community feels the current plan was rushed.
“All along, people have been saying slow down, slow down,” she said.
Smith also said during a survey of parents in the beginning of the planning process, the parents’ favorite feature of the district’s high school was its location.
Opponents of the bond measure cite changing the location of the high school as a major reason for being against the bond.
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