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Partial results were tweeted out over the weekend, without a disclaimer.
The email asking for participation contains a note from Senate President Pete Kelly, R Fairbanks, saying: “We want to know what you think about decisions facing Alaska. Please take a moment to answer our annual start of session survey.”
The current survey asks about state spending, taxes and using earnings from the Permanent Fund for general government the three most contentious issues in the Alaska Legislature. It also asks about support for a Chinese partnership in the proposed gas line, whether public education funding is adequate, whether the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should be open for oil exploration and whether the state should help pay for a commuter rail link between Anchorage and the Matanuska Susitna Borough.
McDonald said the main purpose of the survey was to engage Alaskans in governing.
“It’s similar to any kind of direct communications with constituents,” he said. “We’re not trying to select for people who agree with any particular position.”