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Poll: University of Minnesota Budget
February 15, 2001

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As you may know, there is debate in the Legislature over the size of the University of Minnesota's budget. Thinking about that, which of these three choices before lawmakers is most important to you:

Option Response
Providing a state tax cut or rebate for taxpayers. 27%
Keeping student tuition increases at the University as small as possible 45%
Raising University salaries to retain and attract quality faculty members. 16%
Other/Not Sure (Not read) 12%


How would you rate the performance of Mark Yudof as University of Minnesota president: excellent, pretty good, only fair or poor?

Option Response
Excellent 13%
Good 42%
Fair 14%
Poor 3%
Undecided 28%


The Mason-Dixon Poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from February 5 through February 6, 2001. A total of 625 registered Minnesota voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All stated they regularly vote in state elections.

Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges were utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turn-out by county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a regional or gender grouping.