Montpelier, Vermont – February 28, 2011
On the eve of Town Meeting Day, Senator Bill Doyle is burning the midnight oil.
“There’s not a legislator I know that doesn’t want to know how the people back home feel about the issues,” he said.
That’s why for more than four decades he’s been conducting his Town Meeting Day survey. It has been used for years to predict how Vermonters will vote on hot topics affecting the state. This year questions about Vermont Yankee’s future, mandatory sentences for repeat drunk drivers, physician assisted suicide and law enforcement’s use of tasers all made the ballot.
But this year another lawmaker at the Statehouse is putting a high-tech twist on a Town Meeting Day tradition.
“The Doyle survey is the gold standard in town meeting surveys,” said Rep. Sam Young, D-Orleans/Caledonia counties.