New poll shows Parnell and his policies get good ratings

A new poll shows almost 75 percent of Alaska voters believe Gov. Sean Parnell is doing a good job, with negative ratings from about 22 percent of responses in the survey.

Alaska’s two U.S. senators, Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, also received highly favorable ratings.

Hellenthal & Associates, a survey research firm, did the poll of 272 Alaska voters in the last week of January. Responses were from around the state but with most from Anchorage.

The governor’s proposed oil tax changes were supported by 59.4 percent of those in the survey, with 33.3 percent opposed and 7.3 percent unsure. One other Parnell initiative, construction of a large hydro dam on the Susitna River, was favored by 60 percent of respondents, with 19.8 percent opposed and 20.2 percent unsure.

For Murkowski, 71.1 percent were either “very positive” (28.1 percent) or  “somewhat good” (43.6 percent) on her job performance. Of the 24.8 percent disapproving, 19.3 percent were “somewhat negative” and 5.3 percent were “very negative;” 3.7 percent of respondents said they were neutral.

For Begich, 58.1 percent were either “very positive” (17.2 percent) or “somewhat positive” (40.9 percent). Of the 36.6 percent disapproving, 22.4 percent said they were “somewhat negative” on Begich, and 14.2 percent said they were “very negative;” 6.7 percent of the respondents said they were neutral.

Alaska’s Congressman Don Young was not included in the survey.

02/09/2012 - 6:46am