Q&A with the president of Research and Polling Inc.

In the past couple of weeks, the Albuquerque Journal has published some poll results regarding hot-button topics from this legislative session. The surveys, conducted by New Mexican company Research and Polling Inc., asked registered voters about right-to-work, minimum wage increases, driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants and third-grade retention legislation. Some have used the results to support their causes, while others have called the questions flawed. New Mexico Political Report spoke with the company’s president Brian Sanderoff about how his company’s polling questions are written and how he strives for well-balanced questions. Sanderoff started working in polling after he graduated from the University of New Mexico.

Poll show high support on high-profile issues

A poll conducted for the Albuquerque Journal, and released over the last two days, showed high support for a number of high-profile issues facing the legislature during the legislative session. The poll finds widespread support for implementing third-grade retention, right-to-work legislation and repealing the law that allows undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses. The poll also shows widespread support for an increase to the minimum wage. Questions from the poll release on Sunday found 60 percent of New Mexicans believe union fees should not be mandatory in companies with collective bargaining with unions and that 71 percent support raising the minimum wage beyond the current $7.50 per hour. Results release on Monday found 70 percent don’t like the law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses while 67 percent support holding back third-graders who cannot read at third-grade level.