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In for Tony Katz in for Tony today and tomorrow. Here at 93. W I. B. C Our guest today is Andrew Weiss, Sir Andrew as the president principle of a RW strategy supposed that we hired in any politics to take a look at some of the big issues in and around the city of Indianapolis, Indiana 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 answered any questions as well. Now is the city more or less safe. You support increased 20 for mental health. Do you support defunding 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'll say to what you know to profits it we did. Ask you Would you say that the city of Indianapolis is headed in the right direction, or is it gotten up on the wrong track, and that wasn't 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, but then later on, what we did ask is, you know how do you feel about Indianapolis and Marion County B. 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 disapproves. So just 33% approved 37% disapprove. Um, and I think you know voters don't have all the answers, but they have some general ideas about things that I think they would like to see a number one. It looks like they like to see a greater civilian participation in Oversight into 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 beef on the police movement, um 50, But we did after the support or oppose efforts to defund the police 50% opposed in 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 with crime, you know, in our who bears the most responsibility 31% that society as a whole, 23% said. Criminals themselves. So, uh, 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 that, but defunding 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 opposing form that we hired at any politics and took on some of the issues are going on the city and want to change gears have been talking about, uh, 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 her but very heavy urban, uh, sort of democratic area and don't necessarily put Democrats and vouchers in the same group. No, that's totally right. Although I think you you know you look at some of the city is not just an Indianapolis but some other cities around the country that has sort of urban populations. And I think, um, you know, you see a recognition that Wow, the school system isn't really working. So what's the what's the alternative or what's the solution? And rather than a A complete overhaul The school system people sort of support the idea that like, Well, you know, instead of over a complete overhaul, I could instead get a voucher and send my child to a better school that suits my needs. Yeah, I'd be in favor of that. And as we said, you know, a clear majority 59% do support school choice. Overall, um Opposition to school choice is most pronounced among self identifying Democrats with 31% opposing, but it's just 31%. A majority still support school choice and and so I think it's not an abandonment of the public school system as a whole again. It's well, there's easier solutions because I think people recognize overhauling school systems and changing schools. The public schools in general is not exactly an easy task. Um But you're right. Just 27% of registered voters believe the public schools in Marion County are going in the right direction. And 38% say they've gotten off on the wrong track. Um, obviously, um, you know, I think it's no surprise. You see a more optimistic view. Charter schools were 34% believed they're headed in the right direction. But 22 23% excuse me say they've gotten off on the wrong track, So I do think it's sort of interesting that Um, you know, almost 60% support school choice. But the way that charter schools reviewed in Marion County is an overwhelmingly supportive, it's generally positive. But it's not like 50% say, Oh, you know, we think they're going in the right direction. And that was our good friend Andrew. Why should he is a poster for a RW strategies. He pulled for me over at Indy politics dot org and, by the way you can actually head over the website actually see those poll results? Actually there at wnbc dot com as well, something else I thought was really interesting folks in that poll that we did Was we asked about marijuana Legalization is, you know that's a big deal in the country these days, and a total of 85% supported some form of legalization. Whether it was legalization for medicinal and recreation, which is like 65% or 20% that supported medicinal. Only only 10% of the population actually oppose legalizing marijuana, which I thought was like, Wow. Okay, that I'm gonna do it for a little bit of a loop there, But you can see all those results over at any politics at all. It is 6 41 here at 93. W I, B. C mark and rock.