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Canadian County Dems poll Western Day visitors on top issues

posted Sep 14, 2016, 11:54 PM by Jody Harlan
Canadian County Democrats’ volunteers (from left) Cheryl Drabek, Annie Menz and Shirley Burton polled Western Days visitors on their priority issues. 

MUSTANG, Okla. – Thirty-five percent of Western Day participants were most concerned about public education on September 10, according to an unofficial bean poll taken by the Canadian County Democrats at their booth in Yukon.

Hundreds of visitors stopped by the Democrats’ booth to drop pinto beans into 11  slots with topics separated by acrylic and wood.

“People like to be asked for their opinions,” Canadian County Democrats Secretary Shirley Burton said. “The bean poll starts lots of conversations with everyone talking about their own experiences and sharing ideas rather than separating along party lines.”

“We registered a lot of voters at Western Days and had several young people come up (to our table) who were looking for political alternatives to the status quo,” Burton said.

Democratic volunteers reported the second place issue as veterans services with 18.33 percent. Healthcare was third with 12.08 percent, while Medicare was fourth with 8.75 percent and roads/public transit was fifth with 7.08 percent.

The remaining topics included earthquakes with 4.58 percent in the poll followed by wind/solar energy with 3.75 percent, social services with 3.33 percent, birth control with 2.91 percent, local government with 1.66 percent and the least popular issue, equal pay, with .25 percent.

“Wed had a wonderful time at Western Days,” Burton said. “We plan to participate again next year.”

The Canadian County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, except December, at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard.  For more information, phone 405- 326-3600.

Public Education was the top issue with 35 percent of the votes cast in the Canadian County Democrats’ (pinto) bean poll. Volunteers found a box to capture overflow after voters filled the acrylic and wood slot.