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More than 14,000 Vermonters respond to annual Doyle poll

Vermonters overwhelmingly are concerned about opiate use and believe cellular and broadband coverage are vital to Vermont’s economy, according to final statewide results in the annual Doyle poll.

Each year on Town Meeting Day, Sen. Bill Doyle, R-Washington, conducts a voluntary survey of Vermonters on a variety of public issues. This year, 14,649 people in 173 cities and towns responded, Doyle said in a news release. Complete results are attached below.

Asked whether they are concerned about the increasing use of opiates in the state, 89 percent of respondents said yes. Regarding the economic benefits of cell service and broadband, 87 percent answered yes.

Those two questions received the strongest support among the 14 items on the survey.

A law requiring the labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), passed by the Legislature last session, received 76 percent support.

A total of 74 percent supported a ban on the use of cellphones while driving. The question did not distinguish between hand-held devices and hands-free devices. The Legislature last session approved a ban on the use of hand-held cellphones while driving, which goes into effect Oct. 1

Vermonters also supported an unspecified increase in the minimum wage and alternative sentencing for nonviolent offenders, with 71 percent responding yes to each question.

On the negative side, 60 percent of respondents believe Vermont is an unaffordable place to live.

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  • Paul Lorenzini

    Was there a single town that considered VT affordable? Nope.