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New Sacred Heart Poll: 1 in 3 Residents Say Quality of Life in CT is “Declining”

April 27, 2018 By Staff
New Sacred Heart Poll: 1 in 3 Residents Say Quality of Life in CT is “Declining”

That and some results on school funding make for another interesting quarterly poll from Sacred Heart University.

Sacred Heart University’s Institute for Public Policy released its first-quarter poll of Connecticut residents this week, and it’s an interesting mix of results for voters, candidates, and elected officials alike.

One of the top-line results? Nearly one in three Connecticut residents (29.3 percent) report the qualify of life in the state is “declining.”

Only one in seven (13.5 percent) report quality of life is “improving.” A near-majority (47.2 percent) said quality of life had “[n]o change, but remains good.”

Nearly four in five (79.3 percent) believe the cost of living in Connecticut is “higher” than in surrounding states. Further, half of Connecticut residents (49.1 percent) say it’s “difficult” to maintain a standard of living. An additional 15.8 percent say it’s “very difficult.”

Sacred Heart also asked about the state of public schools in Connecticut. Some of their more interesting results:

  • Connecticut residents generally like their childrens’ schools. Nearly three in five (58.3 percent) gave public schools in their communities an “A” or “B” grade.
  • Only 11.2 percent of residents gave schools a “D” or “F” grade.
  • Connecticut residents want increases in school funds to come from the state (73 percent) rather than increased local property taxes (8.7 percent).

Of course, amid projected budget deficits and a large state pension problem, increasing funding for public schools may be a heavy lift for the state. Connecticut voters rejected Gov. Dan Malloy’s (D-Conn.) plan last year to push teacher pension obligations on Connecticut’s towns and cities.