The Alaska AFL-CIO contracted with nationally recognized polling firm Lake Research Partners. The survey was in the field between March 30 - April 3 and reached 500 Alaskan voters likely to vote in the 2020 General Election.
The results are clear. Governor Dunleavy is not popular in Alaska. 50% of Alaskans surveyed have an unfavorable opinion of the governor and only 40% hold a favorable opinion of him (9% were without opinion or unsure who the Governor is). Similarly, the Governor’s proposed budget is also very unpopular. Alaskans oppose Governor Dunleavy’s budget by a 2:1 margin with 63% of Alaskans opposed and only 29% of Alaskans in support (7% didn’t know or were undecided).
“The Alaska AFL-CIO remains firm in its position opposing this budget and is not alone in our opposition,” Vince Beltrami, President, Alaska AFL-CIO said. “This budget isn’t just bad for workers and their families, it’s bad for all Alaskans.”
The data shows that Alaskans support a balanced budget that pulls a number of different levers to avoid drastic cuts. This includes using a variety of broad-based revenue sources including from oil and gas exploration and allowing a small portion of the PFD earnings to be used to avoid drastic budget cuts that cripple our economy.
“The message is clear; Governor Dunleavy is not popular, and his budget is not wanted. Alaskans want a budget that doesn’t destroy the state we love,” Beltrami stated. “They want a balanced approach even if that means using new revenue.”