Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tennesseans think State and Local Govt Secretive

Yes, they do and their skepticism is increasing, not diminishing. I speak to groups across the State and that is a major concern of every group I speak with.


Sixty-two percent of respondents in a poll commissioned by the Chattanooga Times Free Press said they believe the state government conducts much of the public’s business in secret, compared to 50 percent in 2004.

The Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc. telephone survey of 625 registered Tennessee voters was conducted from Sept. 22 through Sept. 24 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The increased opposition to how state and local governments conduct business comes three months after the state open records law was rewritten.