ALBUQUERQUE, NM – As the Legislative Session reaches its halfway point, the #NMLEG hasthag (the official hashtag for the New Mexico Legislative Session) has reached more than 62 million timelines deliveries. From January 20, the beginning of the session, through February 19, the midway point to the session as well as the final day to introduce new bills, Twitter has seen the #NMLEG hashtag populated by 2,661 contributors in 20,028 tweets, reaching 4,046,904 individuals. The data is pulled from The Garrity Group’s Hashtag Tracker account. The online conversations ranged from education, health, poverty, the economy, to labor and right-to-work laws and reform.
Internet news sites are a regular source of news and information for New Mexico residents. After seeing some peaks and valleys in use, residents are relatively unchanged in their reliance upon Internet news sites as a news and information source.
Proliferation of the internet as a news and information source is a staple for New Mexico residents. However, compared to traditional media, blogs are still growing as a news source. Since 2011, New Mexico residents are relatively unchanged in their reliance on blogs as a news and information source.
While New Mexico residents tend to favor local banks over national banks, national banks have done a good job of maintaining status quo. Since 2011, New Mexico residents’ favorability is relatively unchanged (compared to a five percent drop in favorability of local banks over the same time period).
It is tax season! Prime time for those in the accounting profession. For the most part, New Mexico residents are consistently lukewarm on their trust of the practitioners, averaging 49 percent level of trust over the past four years. Since 2011, trust has only increased 3 percent among New Mexico residents.
Local banks are favored over national banks by New Mexico residents. Despite high favorability, residents are losing favorability with local banks, a 5 percent drop over the past four years.
Pastors and Priests are losing trust at an alarming rate among New Mexico residents. Over the past four years, trust of pastors and priests has decreased by 15 percent.
New Mexico’s foundation is based on either preserving or evangelizing specific belief systems. Since 2011, New Mexico residents’ favorability of church and religious institutions has declined 10 percent.
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.
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: