Policy Research

Past Hoosier Surveys

Each year, the Institute for Policy research conducts a statewide survey to determine which issues are top priorities for Hoosiers.

2012 Hoosier Survey
Click here for the complete 2012 survey.

2011 Hoosier Survey
Major Findings of the 2011 Hoosier Survey

  • Most Hoosiers remained undecided about “right to work” legislation right up until the bill was signed
  • A plurality of Hoosiers opposed expansion of the school voucher program
  • Hoosiers strongly favored a ban on smoking in public places

Methodology
The 2011 Hoosier Survey was conducted by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs in conjunction with Princeton Research Associates International of Princeton, N.J. The survey was conducted by telephone, both cell and landline, among a random sample of Hoosier adults over the age of 18 from Nov. 14-27. Six hundred and seven respondents completed the survey, yielding a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Click here for complete 2011 survey.

Please contact Dr. Ray Scheele to request a copy of the topline and methodology report.

 

2010 Hoosier Survey
Major Findings of the 2010 Hoosier Survey

  • Hoosiers strongly recommend more parental involvement as the best way to improve schools
  • Nearly two-thirds of Hoosiers support the idea of extending vote centers statewide
  • Half of all Hoosiers have an unfavorable view of the Affordable Care Act

Methodology
The Hoosier Survey was conducted by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs in conjunction with Princeton Research Associates International of Princeton, N.J. The survey was conducted by telephone, both cell and landline, among a random sample of Hoosier adults over the age of 18 from Nov. 9-18. Six hundred respondents completed the survey, yielding a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

Click here for complete 2010 survey.

Please contact Dr. Ray Scheele to request a copy of the topline and methodology report.

 

2009 Hoosier Survey
Major findings in the 2009 Hoosier Survey include:

  • Strong public support for changing the Indiana Constitution to make permanent caps on property taxes
  • Plurality support for allocating state funds to schools in communities where schools face the greatest obstacles to student achievement rather than schools in communities experiencing greatest growth
  • Plurality support for a government run health care plan to compete with private insurers

Methodology
The 2009 Hoosier Survey sponsored by Ball State University obtained telephone interviews with a representative sample of 604 adults living in Indiana state telephone households. The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research International. The interviews were conducted in English by Princeton Data Source, LLC from Nov. 9 to Dec. 6, 2009. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is ±4.5%.

Click here for complete 2009 survey.

Please contact Dr. Ray Scheele to request a copy of the topline and methodology report.

 

2008 Hoosier Survey
The first public policy survey was conducted by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs in 2008, Indiana residents identified their top priorities for state government action in the upcoming year. Overwhelming support for bringing more jobs to the state and making government more efficient placed these two priorities at the top of the list.

Top priorities for Hoosiers in the 2008 Hoosier Survey included:

  • 83 percent of Hoosiers wanted to see more attention paid to bringing jobs to the state
  • 67 percent wanted public officials to make government run more efficiently
  • Providing Hoosiers with more affordable healthcare and improving local schools was also high on the list of Hoosiers’ concerns

Methodology
The 2008 Hoosier Survey sponsored by Ball State University, obtained telephone interviews with a representative sample of 601 adults living in Indiana state telephone households. The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research International. The interviews were conducted in English by Princeton Data Source, LLC from Nov. 12-16, 2008.

Click here for complete 2008 survey.

Please contact Dr. Ray Scheele to request a copy of the topline and methodology report.