SD voters weigh in on ballot issues, controversial topics in KOT - KOTA Territory News

SD voters weigh in on ballot issues, controversial topics in KOTA Poll

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A statewide poll of likely voters last week reveals that many are focused on Measure 18 – a ballot measure intended to increase the minimum wage in South Dakota.

If the vote were held today, 61% of those polled say they would vote to increase pay from $7.25 to 8.50 an hour. 19% would vote no.

According to the KOTA poll, opposition to Measure 18 is strongest among conservatives, Republicans and upper–income voters.

Meantime, our KOTA Poll shows that two thirds of South Dakota likely voters are not yet focused on Initiated Measure 17, which would require health insurers to include all willing and qualified health care providers on their provider lists.


Of those who have made up their minds, 28% are certain to vote yes on 17, 7% are certain to vote no on 17.

By 3 to 1 South Dakota voters support construction of a pipeline through South Dakota that would transport crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

At the bottom of the list: uranium mining was rated an important issue by only 1% of those polled; EB–5 investment, a controversial state program, was rated important by 3%.

SurveyUSA conducted the poll from May 6 through May 10 for KOTA Territory News, KSFY News, and the Aberdeen American News. 504 people were polled.  The margin of error was plus or minus 4.5%.
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