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:
If the first few days of the Legislative Session is a sign, there will be a lot of tweets this year featuring different aspects of #NMLEG (the official hashtag for the New Mexico Legislative Session). From January 16 through January 23, the #NMLEG hashtag was populated by 479 contributors in 2,419 tweets, reaching nearly 7.5 million people. The tweets appeared on 7,596,750 timeline deliveries. The data is pulled from The Garrity Group’s Hashtag Tracker account. The online conversations ranged from education, teachers, taxes, the economy, to labor and right-to-work laws and reform.
Over the last four years (2011-2014) favorability of National Labs among New Mexico residents has decreased 5 percent. While Republicans and Democrats are largely unchanged in their opinions, those residents who identify themselves as Independent, have lost favor with the labs to the tune of nearly 20 percent:
Based on your party affiliation, you will either have high or low favorability of the Solar and Wind industry. The average New Mexico resident’s opinion of the solar and wind industry is relatively unchanged, up only 2 percent from 2011-2014. Among Democrats, Independents and Republicans there is not as much unanimity:
The Oil and Gas industry has slightly increased favorability over the last four years among New Mexico residents (up 2 percent). However, favorability among those engaged in New Mexico’s political process have increased their favorability more than the average New Mexico resident (from 2011-2014):
Today, the 70 members of the House of Representatives (controlled by Republicans) and the 42 members of the New Mexico Senate (controlled by Democrats) will convene their 60-day legislative session. During that time they will set a budget and address a number of very high profile issues on behalf of New Mexico residents.
This January and February, members of the New Mexico Senate and House of Representatives will head into a historic 60-day legislative session.
For the past four years, the Garrity Perception Survey has provided insights on who New Mexico residents trust, what industries they favor and how our neighbors access news and information. We commission Research & Polling to provide the survey; it has a 95 percent level of confidence.