- Next Meeting: Thursday, September 8, 7:00 pm at Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling.
On June 18 and 19 two “Bean Polls,” called that because opinions were expressed by placing dried beans in jars, were conducted at Wheeling Arts & Culture Fest by Ohio Valley PEACE.
While visitors to the OVP booth were invited randomly to participate, those doing so volunteered. The results of these informal polls, titled “Diversity & Immigration Issues” and “Government Regulation,” do give an indication of the sentiment of participants, though a scientifically designed poll might give more accurate numbers.
Beyond checking the pulse of those in the Ohio Valley, the purpose of these opinion polls is to stimulate thinking and discussion about hot topics highlighted by political campaigns. Here are the results of the polls:
DIVERSITY & IMMIGRATION ISSUES
1. Our immigration policy should be stricter and more exclusionary. (agree 47%, disagree 53%)
2. U.S. support for corporate-dominated trade policy increases immigration. (agree 48%, disagree 52%)
3. Our society is strengthened by accepting and valuing diversity. (agree 92%, disagree 8%)
4. Government should build in advantages for certain groups because of past discrimination. (agree 35%, disagree 65%)
5. If we provided free education and jobs for all, preferential treatment would be unnecessary. (agree 59%, disagree 41%)
6. Police forces should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. (agree 88%, disagree 12%)
1. Government should not discriminate about who can marry whom. (agree 88%, disagree 12%)
2. Bathroom usage should be by one’s identification rather than biology. (agree 63%, disagree 37%)
3. English should be made the official language of the United States. (agree 56%, disagree 44%)
4. Government should be involved in preventing discriminatory practices. (agree 81%, disagree 19%)
5. Passing laws against discrimination can help change individual beliefs. (agree 62%, disagree 38%)
6. A multicultural society should allow for religious exemptions to individual laws. (agree 39%, disagree 61%)