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I find it hard to believe that a lot of these voters are just going to say, you know, he's doing a great job. But it's time for somebody else. You'll see that in the dissatisfaction with the job approval and his overall image if those voters ultimately are going to move away from the mayor, our guests on the program today is our good friend Andrew Weissert. Andrew is the principle of a RW strategy supposed to that we hired it into politics. To take a look at the city. Indianapolis is some of the big issues that are out there in about Andrew. One of the things that we did that we looked at registered voters versus likely voters. How does that change their response? Well so and with registered voters. Obviously, this is everybody who is a registered voter in Marion County. Um, where you get into likely voters? Obviously, you need to start looking at well. What is what are the what are they likely voter of? And so is that a likely voter of a presidential election? Is that a likely voter of an off year presidential election? Or that a municipal election and the demographics of each of those elections are going to look very different from each other and very different from the registered voters overall, Um, broadly speaking, um, registered voters typically are going to skew more Democrat and you're going to have a larger diversification. The younger, middle aged older voters, um And it will look a little more like a presidential year election when you get and I don't know the actual turnout numbers, So forgive me for marrying county in an off year presidential etcetera, But, you know, typically, you're going to get something like 70 to 80% of registered voters show up to vote in a presidential year election and so it'll look a little more like registered voters. But then you get into an off year election or even a municipal election and there's some municipal elections. I have where you know 20 to 30% of Registered voters show up to vote and it's predominantly Republicans. Republicans show up a lot more in off year elections than Democrats and older people show up to vote a lot more in like municipal elections in off year elections. And so you see less younger voters. You also a lot of times you're going to see less minority voters. You'll see less Democrat voters. And so if you start getting into a likely verse registered voters, it's really it depends on the election and in this instance why we chose registered voters because we're talking about Total variety of issues. Um, you know, state issues, local issues. Um sort of regional issues, and so registered voters at this point is the best way to encompass what is well, you know what is the larger population as a whole? Think about what's going on. That's not to say in the next municipal elections, 70% of people could turn out to vote. But at this point we don't know who is going to turn out to vote. And so Registered voters is the best way to capture what is sort of the overall city and county field for important issues and their elected officials. Our guest today is Andrew Weiss, Sir Andrew is the president. Principle of a RW strategy is supposed to be hired at any politics to take a look at some of the big issues in and around the city of Indianapolis up and go in a circle back to the crime issue. And I thought it was interesting because we also asked. In addition to, you know, crime being the most important issue. We have some sort of perfunctory ancillary questions as well. Is the city you know more or less safe? Do you support increased funding for mental health? Do you support defended police walking through some of those responses if you could? Yeah, Absolutely. So, uh, just sort of going question by question. So one of the things we did ask, um And I guess I would say to what you know to process it. We didn't Asked, you know, Would you say that the city of Indianapolis is headed in the right direction, or is it gotten off on the wrong track, and that was an even split, 40% said. Right direction, 40% said. Wrong track so clearly, you know, there's a little bit of dissatisfactions and hesitancy about where the city of Indianapolis is heading. Um, although you do again see that the mayor is generally speaking like, um, but then later on, what we did ask is, you know, how do you feel about Indianapolis and Marion County? Being more or less safe than it was a year ago, And frankly, I was a little shocked with the numbers, although Again as we talked about with sort of a rise in crime. I guess it doesn't surprise me. But just 21% said that they feel more safe and almost two thirds of voters say they feel less safe. 63% said that they feel less safe, so obviously you see, there's something going on again. That's reflected in what's the most important issue, 43% said. Combating crime, Um And as far as people's approve or disapproving of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's handling of the rising crime you actually saw plurality disapproved. So just 33% approved 37% disapprove. And I think you know, voters don't have all the answers that they have some general ideas about things that I think they would like to see a number one. Uh, it looks like they like to see a greater civilian participation. In an oversight in the local police policies. 62% of voters support that greater oversight. In addition, 79% support increased funding for providing mental health and other social services just 8% opposed. So I say, that's a pretty no brainer issue. Um, but then you know, one of the want to be immediate reactions. I think you might get from people is Oh, well, you know, the police are totally at fault. Well, not totally. I think again. It's more sort of some reforms. Some oversight to help them. They do. They are dissatisfied with it. But when you talk about the defund the police movement Um 50 we did afternoon. Do you support or oppose efforts to defund the police 50% oppose and just 32% support So clearly, it isn't a case of Let's tear down the police force. It's not one of those. I think it's clearly something is going on in the city. There's an issue of crime. You know, in our who bears the most responsibility 31% society as a whole, 23% said, criminals themselves So you know, we need to find some creative solutions. Maybe it's increased mental health funding. Obviously. People support that. Maybe it's greater civilian oversight into some police policies. It's at But the funding the police that you know that isn't necessarily the answer there. Andrew Weissmann with us on the program for a few more minutes. He is the principal pollster at a RW strategies opposed reform that we hired at any politics. It took some of the issues. Going on the city and want to change gears have been talking about schools, choice and charter schools and vouchers in particular, and I thought it was interesting because while the public was for the most part, uh, you could say, I think the schools are on the wrong track. They did support the voucher program, which is interesting. You know, Indianapolis's of sort of a very herbal, very heavy urban Sort of democratic area and don't necessarily put Democrats in vouchers in the same group. No, that's totally right..

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