New poll suggests SD could stay "Red" for next generation - KOTA Territory News

New poll suggests SD could stay "Red" for next generation

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With midterm elections coming up in November, voters in South Dakotans will probably continue seeing red.

According to the new Dakota Poll, 43% of young South Dakotans say they are very conservative, somewhat conservative or conservative leaning.

Those numbers are nearly double the 24% who say they are very liberal, somewhat liberal, or liberal leaning.

The poll also sheds some light on why some young people decide to leave the state.

Sam Hurst, board member of the Dakota Polls says the economy could force young people with higher education to look for opportunity elsewhere.

"When you asked them, ‘What is most likely to force you to leave the state?' Across the board, overwhelming it's the economy.  Getting a job or pursuing a career, having economic security. That's their greatest fear. That they can't get that in South Dakota," said Hurst.

"I think if we brought in more business from the outside that offered jobs for people with 4-year degrees. I think people would stay with 4-year degrees, said Rapid City resident Crystal Mulloy. "Because of that, you pay so much money to get your degree, and then you end up getting a job that doesn't pay very much," said Mulloy.

But not all young people are pulling up stakes and running off.

"What's the main reason they would stay in South Dakota? They say quality of life, good neighborhoods, the ability to raise a family and good schools. They are very interested in quality education," said Hurst.

Hurst also says while the poll doesn't tell republicans anything they don't already know, there is a reason to be cautious. Young people are still worried about job creation and careers. And as much as they would like to stay in South Dakota, they are worried they're not going to be able to.

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