Traditionally Cache County Republicans conduct a straw poll during August’s County Fair and in other election years questions usually have related to candidates. This time, said Cache County Republican Chairman David James, the questions were primarily issue-related. “We asked several questions,” said James. “We listed five issues that have been headline-type issues recently: preserving traditional marriage, the economy, immigration, health care and the environment. We asked people to rate them, one to five, as the most important to them.” James said the top two, actually tied for first, were preserving traditional marriage and the economy. “Those were the two, neck and neck, the issues of greatest concern to those who responded to our poll,” he said. “Immigration followed, then health care, and finally the environment.” James said he was surprised that marriage was rated as it was. “And I say that because a lot of the people I talk to just express frustration with it, not knowing what to do and how to proceed with it, with courts intervening and so forth.” James said as the County Republican Chair, working toward the fall election, he would relay these concerns to candidates. “Hopefully, they will find the results of interest and concern to them as they approach the election. We find it interesting to know how people are feeling and what their concerns are.” James said the general tone, among fairgoers he talked to, was a very strong concern that things are not going the way people would like them to go. “I think Cache County is reflecting very much the national polls on right track/ wrong track, indicating a lot of people are concerned this country is not on the right track.” James said one poll question asked, “How can the federal government best address the economic issues we face?” “The response was overwhelmingly to cut spending,” said James. “Giving money to the states came in dead last.”
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