Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Research Center Contact:
David Paleologos, Director
Beacon Hill Institute Contact:
David G. Tuerck,
Shows Widespread Voter Support for Civilian Flaggers
(August 6, 2008) - A poll conducted jointly by Suffolk
Universitys Political Research Center and Beacon Hill
Institute, in conjunction with Channel 7 News, shows that
86% of registered voters in Massachusetts favor the use of
civilian flaggers at work sites on public roads.
poll comes as Massachusetts residents await a decision by
the state Secretary of Transportation and Public Works on
a $3.5 billion transportation bond bill, enacted in April,
under which he may promulgate regulations and recommend
guidelines for the use of police details at public works sites.
current law, the job of directing traffic at public works
sites is, in effect, reserved exclusively for paid uniformed
police officers. The April legislation authorizes the Secretary
of Transportation and Public Works to make recommendations
on the use of alternative personnel for directing
traffic at the work sites. In other states, the work is generally
performed by civilian flaggers, rather than uniformed police
officers.The Political Research Center asked 400 registered
voters the following question:
only uniformed police officers are used for the purpose of
directing traffic around work sites on Massachusetts public
roads. Other states use civilian flaggers. Would you favor
a change in Massachusetts laws that would allow civilian flaggers
to direct traffic around work sites on public roads?
The responses were:
question was one of several in the latest poll conducted by
the Suffolk University Political Research Center. Commenting
on the responses, David Paleologos, Director of the Center,
said: This question had the most lopsided margin of
all the questions posed in the poll. Across age, gender, geography,
and political party affiliation, it was overwhelmingly supported.
G. Tuerck, Executive Director of the Beacon Hill Institute
at Suffolk University, observed that in a time of severe
budget constraints, voters in the Commonwealth appear to see
the use of civilian flaggers as a needed cost-saving change.
7NEWS/Suffolk University poll was conducted Thursday, July
31, 2008 through Sunday, August 3, 2008. The margin of error
is +/- 4.90 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence. All
respondents from the statewide survey were registered voters
in Massachusetts. Marginal and cross-tabulation data will
be posted on the Suffolk University Political Research Center
web site www.suffolk.edu/college/1450.html on
August 6, 2008. Additional questions are embargoed for broadcast
on August 13, 2008.
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