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Hoosier Opinion on Economic Development Efforts Depends on Income and Education Levels

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Hoosiers express a high level of satisfaction with the track record of state government in attracting jobs to the state. Nearly 70% of Hoosiers are very or somewhat satisfied with the state’s job attraction efforts. Satisfaction, however, depends in part on household income levels. Among Hoosiers from households with annual incomes of $75,000 or more, 83% were satisfied; among households with annual incomes under $30,000 the satisfaction rate was only 54%.

These are among the findings from the 2017 Old National Bank//Ball State University Hoosier Survey. The survey was conducted for Old National Bank//Ball State University by Princeton Survey Research International during the period October 2-15, 2017. Results are based on completed interviews with 600 adult Hoosiers.

When asked whether they think free trade agreements have helped or hurt their family’s financial situation, Hoosiers were pretty evenly split between those who think they have definitely/probably helped (35%), those who think they have definitely/probably hurt (33%), and those who aren’t sure (32%). Views of free trade were more favorable among Hoosiers with a college degree: 44% thought they had helped, compared to only 18% who thought they had hurt.

Full results of the 2017 survey are available at