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San Rafael, CA – A recent survey of likely voters in Marin County found that if given the choice, they would opt to improve county services over further shrinking county government. The survey’s findings are especially timely as department heads move to cut the county budget by another ten percent, following three consecutive years of five percent reductions.
When asked whether it is more important to improve the quality of services, like road repair, child protection and environmental protection, or to shrink county government, an overwhelming 70 percent opted for improving services, with only 18 percent opting to shrink county government.
“The results of this survey speak to what so many Marinites have been feeling – that we have cut our county services to the bone, and that we are now at the point where we are endangering the quality of life that makes Marin special,” said Philip Thomas, President of the Marin Association of Public Employees. “The choice is clear – we can continue to let our leaders make dangerous reductions in our environmental protection, road quality, child protection and other county services, or we can start fighting back.”
The Marin Association of Public Employees, which commissioned the survey, represents social workers, road maintenance and repair workers, and food safety and environmental protection workers, among others. The full contents of a memo summarizing the survey is attached.
Survey Methodology: From November 6 – November 8, 2011, Tulchin Research, a respected private research firm, conducted a countywide telephone survey in Marin County among 400 likely voters. Interviews were conducted by live professional callers and the sample included both landline and cell phone numbers. The margin of error for this survey is +/- 4.89 percentage points.