Trust of Teachers

Despite major swings of favorability towards public education, community colleges and universities, residents’ trust of teachers is relatively unchanged over the past four years among those who claim involvement with New Mexico’s political process.

Favorability of Public Schools

K-12 public education is always in the perception cross hairs.  Since 2011, favorability of public education, among New Mexico residents, has dipped slightly, down 3 percent.  Based on political affiliation, this is an issue where Democrats and Republicans have differing perspectives:

Favorability of State Universities

As New Mexico universities fight for budget dollars during this legislative session, the institutions are also grappling with declining favorability among its residents. Since 2011, residents’ favorability of Universities has dropped 7 percent.

Favorability of Community Colleges

New Mexico is home to 10 independent community colleges.  In 2011 and 2012, the typical resident was sweet on community colleges.  However during the most recent years, two-year institutions have slowly been losing favor with New Mexico residents, with favorability dropping 5 percent since 2012.

News and Information Sources: Newspaper

When it comes to getting news and information, newspapers continue to see a gradual decline among New Mexico residents (down 6percent since 2011).  The decline is not as severe for those who identify themselves as Democrat, Republican or Independent.

Trust of Doctors

New Mexico residents are losing trust in doctors at a high rate, down year over year for the past four years.  For those with interest in political activities, only those who identify themselves as Independent slightly increased trust since 2011.

Favorability of Medical System

Determining which New Mexico residents are favorable toward the medical system is largely dependent upon political affiliation.  Over the past four years, the typical resident’s favorability of the medical system has decreased 3 percent.  For Republicans, Democrats and Independents, the number reveal a mixed bag:

Favorability of Mining Industry

Over the past three years, New Mexico residents’ opinion about the mining industry is unchanged.  An uptick in favorability during 2013 was neutralized the following year. As for those with political affiliations, over the past three years:

Favorability of Construction Industry

The ongoing recession has negatively impacted New Mexico’s commercial construction industry.  Perceptions of the industry, over the last four years, have declined 2 percent.  However, those with political affiliations have a little more favorability toward the industry than the typical resident:

Trust of Scientists

Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Labs are both home to the highest concentration of scientists in New Mexico.  Regardless of how many New Mexico residents know a scientist, they clearly hold the occupation in high regard. Sixty-four percent of New Mexico residents trust scientists.  Over the past four years, despite two years of gradual decreases, New Mexico residents’ opinions are relatively unchanged.  As for those with political affiliations, over the past four years:

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