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YourArlington poll results: Your views

The following are the results of all polls conducted on this Web site since 2006 -- 85 -- beginning with the ones most recently concluded. All are unscientific and are limited by the options available. Despite this, they provide a snapshot of community opinion in this way: They aim to show how those responding feel about the question. If you have ideas for future polls, please let the publisher of this site know.

From 8 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014, to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, YourArlington published a poll asking whether the public favors adopting the Community Preservation Act. The poll did not ask whether you favored Article 22, which Town Meeting is considering.

Here are the results among 103 votes:

Yes: 82 votes (79.6%)

No: 19 votes (18.45%)

No opinion: 2 votes (1.94%)

Parking: Paying OK, but replace the meters

From 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, YourArlington published two polls asking about parking. Here are the results of each:

1.) Town officials should make all parking in town free. Among 41 votes:

Yes (10 Votes) 24.39 percent

No (31 Votes) 75.61 percent

2.) Options for paid parking. If you agree that parking in town should cost something, of the following options which do you prefer (you may check more than one)? Among 58 votes:

-- Replace the current meters at the Water Street/Russell Common lots with units that do not require you to return to your car and that you pay with a credit card or mobile phone. (22 Votes) 37.93 percent

-- To help pay for the cost of new meters, expand metering to Mass. Ave. (locations to be determined). (19 Votes) 32.76%

-- Keep the current meters at the Water Street/Russell Common lots, but make sure all work consistently. (8 Votes) 13.79%

-- Build a multistory parking garage at the Russell Common lot. (6 Votes) 10.34%

-- Another option not mentioned here. (3 Votes) 5.17%

Clarks tops Addinivola in informal poll

From 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, to 7 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, YourArlington published a poll asking who you expected to vote for in the Dec. 10 special state election to decide who will serve in the U.S. congress from the Fifth District in Massachusetts. Voters had five options; here are the results:

Katherine M. Clark, Democrat of Melrose (17 Votes) 65.38%

Frank J. Addinivola Jr., Republican of Boston (7 Votes) 26.92%

James O. Hall, Justice Peace Security of Arlington (1 Vote) 3.85%
    
I won't vote (1 Vote) 3.85%

James V. Aulenti, Independent of Wellesley (0 Votes) 0.00%
    
Write-in (0 Votes) 0.00%  

Most would repaint or paint over defaced mural

From 7 a.m. Thursday, May 9, to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 30, YourArlington published a poll asking what you think should happen to the defaced mural at the Heights depot. Here are the results from among five options:

Have Dearborn Academy students repaint the mural in a space that town officials and the Cultural Commission can control. (10 Votes) 27.78%

Paint over it and do nothing further. (10 Votes) 27.78%
Keep it the way it is now. (6 Votes) 16.67%

Rescue the scenes that remain in a way yet to be determined. (6 Votes) 16.67%

I do not want any public art in Arlington. (1 Vote) 2.78%

62% back keeping current overnight parking ban

From 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, to 9 p.m. Friday, April 5, YourArlington published a poll asking how you expect to vote April 6 on the nonbinding ballot question: "Do you favor the town's current overnight parking ban?"

A yes vote means you support the current ban calling for no on-street parking between 1 and 7 a.m. A no vote means you don't support it, but would like a public conversation about on-street parking.

When YourArlington last polled the community about this issue, in October 2011, 65 percent voted to retain the overnight parking ban.

Among 93 votes on this poll, here are the results:

Yes (58 Votes) 62.4%

No (35 Votes) 37.63%

Leave blank (0 Votes) 0.00%

The vote in the town election on April 6 was 5,254 to 3,000, according uncertified figures posted on the town's website.

Clear majority say they do not want to pump own gas

From 7 a.m. Monday, March 11, through 9 p.m. Monday, March 25, YourArlington published a poll asking, "Want to pump your own?"

The question refers to pumping your own gas at stations and arises from the articles to be considered at Town Meeting, which begins April 21. That proposal seeks an end the ban on customers pumping gas. The poll included a link to a news story in The Boston Globe describing the issue.

As a reader correctly noted, the poll does not ask whether you favor ending Arlington's ban; it asked only whether you want to pump your own gas. The results among 47 votes were:

No (33) 70.2%

Yes (12) 25.5%

I don't care (2) 4.2%

No edges yes on plastic ban plan

From 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, through 9 p.m. Sunday, March 10, YourArlington published a poll asking for your view about a proposal to ban the sale of single-serving polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water bottles of 1 liter or less in Arlington. Students at an Arlington High School environmental club, SAVE, have an articles requesting that for an April Special Town Meeting.

Of 73 who cast votes, the results were:

Yes (35 Votes) 46.67%

No (37 Votes) 49.33%

No opinion (1 Vote) 1.33%

Increase state income tax? Results mixed

From 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, through 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, YourArlington published a poll asking your view under the options provided of the governor's proposal to raise the state income tax by one percentage point -- from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent -- to help pay for his budget plan, which emphasizes increases in funding for education and transportation.

From 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, through 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, YourArlington published a poll asking your view under the options provided of the governor's proposal to raise the state income tax by one percentage point -- from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent -- to help pay for his budget plan, which emphasizes increases in funding for education and transportation.

Some have expressed concern that the proposed decrease in the sales tax is not reflected in the poll. That would require a separate poll and may be done later.

The results among 49 voters:

Yes (21 Votes) 42%

Yes, but it should be less (3 Votes) 6%

Yes, but it should be more (3 Votes) 6%

No, not at all (22 Votes) 44%

No opinion (0 Votes) 0%

85% oppose an armed guard in each of our schools

From 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, through 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, YourArlington published a poll asking whether you think that each of Arlington's nine public schools should have an armed guard.

The poll was created after an official of the National Rifle Association asked Congress to authorize funding for a police officer at every school in America to shield children from dangers such as occurred Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.

Here are the results among 113 voters:

Yes (17 Votes) 15.04%

No (96 Votes) 84.96%

No opinion (0 votes)

Notes: One person wrote to YourArlington suggesting that the term "resource officer" should have been used instead of "armed guard." Arlington High School has had such an officer for about a decade. The other eight schools do not.

Any of the 17 who votyed "yes" on this poll are welcome contact the publisher to discusse his or her reasons for a potential news story. It is preferred you provide your name.

Those who favor keeping Mass. Ave. at 4 lanes have slight edge

From 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, through 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4., YourArlington published a poll asking how you would vote if a question about Mass. Ave. were on the ballot in next spring's town election. A "yes" vote means you want to keep four travel lanes. A "no" means you don't.

Here are the results among 125 voters:

Yes (63) 50.40%

No (63) 48%

No opinion (2) 1.60%

If selectmen decide to put this measure on the ballot, and you would like this poll reactivated at a date before next spring's election, please email the publisher and let him know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

79% would support medical marijuana

From 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, through 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21., YourArlington published a poll asking how you expect to vote on Question 3, the ballot measure in the November general election that eases the use of medical marijuana.

Here are the results among 63 voters:

Yes (50) 79%

No (12) 19%

Leave ballot blank (1) 2%

55% say no to plastic-bottle ban here

From 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, through 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1. 2012, YourArlington published a poll asking whether you think Arlington ahould follow Concord and support an effort to ban plastic water bottles of 1 liter or less in town.

Here are the results among 85 voters:

No: 47 (55%)

Yes: 35 (41%)

No opinion: 3 (4%)

Rogers tops preelection poll

From 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, to through 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, YourArlington published a poll asking who would get your vote for the 24th Middlsex House seat. Here are the results among 41 voters:

David M. Rogers of Cambridge (21)

Margaret A. Hegarty of Belmont (17)

Robert P. Reardon Jr. of Belmont (2)

None of the above (1)

Write-in (0 Votes)

Market Basket is top choice for food shopping

From 9 a.m. Monday, July 23, to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 2012, YourArlington published a poll asking where you do most of your food shopping. The choices were among 10 local stores. Here are the results among 154 voters. A future poll on this subject will make sure to include Wilson Farms, as a reader suggested:

Market Basket (55) 35.71%

Trader Joe's (25) 16.23%

Whole Foods (24) 15.58%

Stop & Shop (16) 10.39%

Johnny's Foodmaster (13) 8.44%

Another option not listed (8) 5.19%

Wegmans (5) 3.25%

Shaw's (4) 2.60%

Roche Brothers (3) 1.95%

Farmers' market (1) 0.65%

Hannaford (0) 0.00%

Slight edge for yes voters of leaf-blower poll

From 9 a.m. Friday, May 25, to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2012, YourArlington published a poll asking how you will vote on the leaf-blower bylaw. The choices for yes and no were published before the wording of the ballot question was issued. Here are the results among 248 voters:

Yes, I favor repeal: 107 Votes (43.15%)
No, I do not favor repeal: 135 Votes (54.44%)
I won't vote: 6 (2.42%)

75% say they're wagging the tails of their dogs at Thorndike park

From 8 a.m. Saturday, May 19, to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2012, YourArlington published a poll asking dog owners whether they planned to use Arlington's first off-leash, fenced park at Thorndike Field. Here are the results among 56 voters:

Yes, I will: 43 (75.44%)

No, I walk my dog elsewhere: 14 (24.56%)

Majority says "no" to more input on trash-recycling pact

From 8 a.m. Friday, April 27, to 8 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2012, YourArlington published a poll asking whether the public should have more input to the Board of Selectmen about a trash and recycling contract due to take effect July 1. The contract was still under negotiation when the poll question was asked. Here are the results among 50 voters:

Yes: 22 (44%)

No: 26 (52%)

No opinion: 2 (4%)

58% prefer that Arlington retains its name

From 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2012, YourArlington published a poll asking whether you think the name of Arlington should be changed to Menotomy Village. Here are the results among 116 votes:

Yes: 45 (38.8%)

No: 67 (57.8%)

Some other name: 4 (3.4%)

Byrne, Flanagan, Feeley top election poll

From 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, to 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012, YourArlington published three polls asking who you favored in the town election. Here are the results:

For the Board of Selectmen, 174 voted on this poll.

Byrne, 74 (26.9%)

Curro, 70 (25.5%)

Curran, 53 (19.3%)

Tosi, 48 (17.5%)

Romano, 27 (9.8%)

Another not running, 3 (1.1%)

For the School Committee, 111 voted.

Flanagan, 66 (39.1%)

Pallett, 33 (19.5%)

Starks (incumbent), 31 (18.3%)

Thielman (incumbent), 29 (17.2%)

O'Brien, 6 (3.6%)

Jackson,  0 (0%)

Another not running, 4 (2.4%)

For the Board of Assessors, 63 voted.

Feeley (incumbent), 32 (50.8%)

Thrope, 30 (47.6%)

Another not running, 1 (1.6%)

Majority favors appointing treasurer, Board of Assessors

<>From 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, YourArlington published a poll asking whether you think the town offices of treasurer and the Board of Assessors should be appointed rather than elected. The results among 26 votes:

These offices should be appointed: 14 (53.8%)

These offices should be elected, as is the case now: 8 (30.8%)

The Board of Assessors should be elected; the treasurer appointed: 3 (11.5%)

Only the treasurer should elected; the assessors appointed: 1 (3.8%)

No opinion: 0

Majority favors having parents who owe for kindergarten pay debt

From 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, to 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, YourArlington published a poll asking whether you think parents who owe for all-day kindergarten should pay up -- or provide proof why they cannot pay -- or face having a child dismissed at 11 a.m.? The results among 86 votes among three options:

Yes: 71 (82.6%)

No: 15 (17.4%)

No opinion: 0

11 respond to debt survey; responses to solutions are all over the map

From 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, to 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, YourArlington published a poll asking whether you feel the federal debt. A second poll asked you to choose solutions to the issue of U.S. debt. The results:

Ten voted yes on the question: Do you think that Arlington residents should discuss what has been described as a "debt crisis" in the United States? One voted no.

As to which solutions you favored, you could make multiples choices among 10 options. The 36 votes went this way:

Raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year, 7 (19.4%)

Enact a high-cost public-works program that provides jobs, 6 (16.7%)

Vote for Republicans, 5 (13.9%)

Cut military spending, 5 (13.9%)

Raise eligibility age for Medicare, Social Security, 4 (11.1%)

Lower taxes for everyone, 2 (5.6%)

Vote for Democrats, 2 (5.6%)

Cut Social Security, Medicare, 2 (5.6%)

Increase military spending, cut elsewhere, 2 (5.6%)

Enact a 9-9-9 flat tax, 1 (2.8%)

65% vote to retain overnight parking ban

From 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, YourArlington published a poll asking about your view of the town's overnight on-street parking ban. It also asked you to choose solutions if you wanted to repeal the bylaw. Here are the results among 131 voting:

On-street parking in Arlington is banned from 1 to 7 a.m. Should the ban be (choose one):

Retained: 85 (64.9%)

Repealed: 46 (35.1%)

No opinion: 0

Sixty-two voted in the second poll (more than the number seeking repeal).

If you favor repeal, what should happen next for on-street parking overnight (choose just one)?

Parking on one side of the street only with a low-cost permit (to cover costs): 18 (29%)

Parking anytime, anywhere without a permit: 15 (24.2%)

Parking on one side of the street only with a higher-cost permit (to raise revenue): 13 (21%)

Parking anytime, anywhere with a low-cost permit (to cover costs): 12 (19.4%)

Parking anytime, anywhere with a higher-cost permit (to raise revenue): 4 (6.5%)

NOTE: The fees are to be determined and could be the subject of a further poll.


 

49% favor police issuing tickets via camera

 

From 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, YourArlington published a poll asking: What would your response be if Arlington police set up cameras at key intersections (e.g., Mass. Ave. and Pleasant or Mill Street) to photograph cars running red lights? Of the choices below, you may pick
just one.

Of the 88 who voted, the results were:

Favor without question, 43 (48.9%)

Object without question, 28 (31.8%)

Favor with reservations, 13 (14.8%)

Object but might consider favoring, 4 (4.5%)

No opinion, 0 (0%)

Top 3 GOP picks: Romney, Paul, Perry

From 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, to 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, YourArlington published a poll asking who you prefer among those Republicans who may seek the nomination to be president in 2012. Among those listed, who are your top three picks?

Among 36 who voted on this poll, 78 votes were cast. Here are the results:

Mitt Romney, 17 (21.8%)

Ron Paul, 12 (15.4%)

Rick Perry, 11 (14.1%)

Michele Bachmann, 10 (12.8%)

Jon Huntsman, 7 (9%)

Sarah Palin, 6 (7.7%)

None of these, 5 (6.4%)

Rick Santorum, 4 (5.1%)

Herman Cain, 4 (5.1%)

Another not listed, 2 (2.6%)

Those who decline to swim at Res cite number of factors

For three weeks, from 9 a.m. Friday, July 1, to 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2011, YourArlington published two polls asking about swimming at the Arlington Reservoir. The first asked whether you swim at the Res. Using new software, the second poll permitted multiple answers.

Choose only one of the following. If you vote no, see poll below.

Of the 26 who voted, here are the results:

Yes: 14 (53.8%)

No: 12 (46.2%)

WHY DO YOU THINK THE QUALITY OF RES WATER IS UNSAFE FOR SWIMMING?

Of the 27 votes, respondents cited these factors (respondents were asked to read this story providing background:

goose poop: 8 (29.6%)

high bacterial counts: 6 (22.2%)

water used as a restroom: 4 (14.8%)

don't trust test results: 3 (11.1%)

duck feathers: 3 (11.1%)

algae: 3 (11.1%)


Yes (58%) tops No in 7-week preelection poll

For 48 days, from 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, to 7 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2011, YourArlington published two polls asking about your views about the $6.49 million tax override vote. Using new software, the two polls permitted respondents to answer as many as six questions for each poll.
There were 777 total votes, and 218 people voted. Yes votes outnumbered No votes, 127 to 91, or 58 percent to 42 percent. Here are the results:

WHY I EXPECT TO VOTE YES (127 provided 507 votes)

Town services will suffer if we don't pass it: 106 (20.9%)

We need to support quality education: 113 (22.3%)

Public safety will be negatively affected: 90 (17.8%)

We need to save teaching jobs: 84 (16.6%)

Our real estate values will begin to fall: 78 (15.4%)

Town and school unions are bargaining in good faith: 36 (7.1%)

WHY I EXPECT TO VOTE NO (91 provided 267 votes)

The $1.5 million fiscal 2010 budget problem means the schools can't manage their money: 56 (21%)

Unions need to join GIC: 56 (21%)

Those on fixed incomes need relief: 44 (16.5%)

The schools spend too much to fight legal cases: 40 (15%)  More costs need to be cut: 40 (15%)

Town, school administrators make too much money: 31 (11.6%)

Slight majority oppose Mass. Ave. protest

From 9 p.m. Sunday, March 27, to 9 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2011, YourArlington published a poll asking about your view about a planned three-hour protest April 9 that would block one lane of Mass. Ave. The poll was brief because the proponens withdrew their request for a permit March 28. Here are the results among 58 votes cast:

No, it would simply disrupt traffic flow and prove little: 27 (50.9%)

Yes, we might learn how the plan would affect us: 25 (47.2%)

No opinion: 1 (1.9%)

From 9 p.m. Sunday, March 6, to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2011, YourArlington published a poll asking about your vote in the town clerk race. Here are the results among 308 votes cast:

Lucarelli over Hurd by 41 in online "test"

From 9 p.m. Sunday, March 6, to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2011, YourArlington published a poll asking about your vote in the town clerk race. Here are the results among 308 votes cast:

Stephanie L. Lucarelli: 172 (55.8%)

John W. Hurd: 131 (42.5%)

None of these: 5 (1.6%)

Write-in: 0 (0%)

Curran tops LaCourt, 72-63, in election "snapshot"

From 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2011, YourArlington published a poll asking about your vote in the one-year race for selectman. Here are the results among 158 votes cast:

Joseph E. Curran: 72 (45.6%)

Annie LaCourt: 63 (39.9%)

Won't vote for either: 20 (12.7%)

Write-in: 3 (1.9%)

3 override polls reflect close votes

From 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, YourArlington published three unscientific polls asking you to choose what amount the town might rais in an override. Here are the results of each:

-- If the override were for $2 million:

No: 53 (51%)

Yes: 50 (49%)

-- If the override were for $4 million:

No: 53 (51%)

Yes: 50 (49%)

-- If the override amount did not matter:

Yes: 55 (51%)

No: 54 (49%)

50% of votes for cuts target administrators

From 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking you to choose among 10 options with respect to this question:

As town and school administrators weigh cuts of much as $1.5 million to be made in the new year, which department or area do you think should take the biggest hit?

Of the 295 votes cast, here are the results:

Town administrators: 87 (29.5%)

No one department or area should take the greatest hit: 76 (25.8%)

School administrators: 62 (21%)

Teachers: 18 (6.1%)

Public Works: 13 (4.4%)

Fire: 9 (3.1%)

Recreation: 9 (3.1%)

Library: 9 (3.1%)

Police: 7 (2.4%)

No opinion: 5 (1.7%)


 

47% favor rebuilding Thompson on swapped land

From 7 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22, to 11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking your opinion about six options for the future of the Thompson School.

Of the 145 votes cast, here are the results:

Rebuild on swapped land: 69  (47.6%)

Rebuild on current site: 27  (18.6%)

Renovate on current site: 22  (15.2%)

Leave the school as is: 22  (15.2%)

Consider another renovate/rebuild option: 2  (1.4%)

No opinion: 2  (1.4%)

Renovate on swapped land: 1 (0.7%)


59% want to keep overnight-parking restriction; 46.5% would pay for a permit

From 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, YourArlington published two unscientific polls asking your opinion about issues related to overnight parking.

The first poll asked: Should town keep 1-7 a.m. on-street restrictions?

Of the 258 votes cast, the results were:

Yes: 153 (59.3%)

No: 103 (39.9%)

No opinion: 2 (0.8%)

The second poll asked: Would you pay for a permit?

Of 185 votes cast, the results were:

No: 93 (50.3%)

Yes (amount to be determined): 66 (35.7%)

Yes ($365 a year): 20 (10.8%)

No opinion: 6 (3.2%)


Yes votes edge out no on Question 2

From 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking your opinion about how you expect vote on Question 3 which would repeal 40B.

Of the 179 votes cast, the results were:

Yes (to repeal the law): 89 (49.7%)

No (to leave it in place): 87 (48.6%)

Leave the ballot blank: 3 (1.7%)


Menotomy Rocks tops Robbins for park favorite

From 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking your opinion about which Arlington spot you love most among eight places named, with an option to choose a park not listed.

Of the 93 votes cast, the results were:

Menotomy Rocks Park: 28 (30.1%)

Robbins Farm: 21 (22.6%)

Spy Pond Park: 16 (17.2%)

Parallel Park: 10 (10.8%)

McClennen Park: 8 (8.6%)

A park not listed here: 6 (6.5%)

Magnolia Playground: 3 (3.2%)

Cutter Park: 1 (1.1%)

Reservoir Playground: 0


72% say Arlington teachers paid too little

From 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, to 9 p.m. noon Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking your opinion about the pay of Arlington public school teachers. For data about this issue, see www.yourarlington.com/school-news/3200-school-pay-sept10.

Of the 171 votes cast, the results were:

Too little: 123 (71.9%)

About rights: 20 (11.7%)

Too much: 19 (11.1%)

I don't know enough to say: 9 (5.3%)

No opinion: 0 (0%)


60% oppose reducing sales tax

From 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6, to noon Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, YourArlington published an unscientific poll addressing Question 3. Voters will be asked in November: Should sales and use taxes be reduced to 3%, from 6.25? What do you think?

Of the 215 votes cast, the results were:

Yes: 85 (39%)

No: 129 (60%)

No opinon: 1 (1%)


Spend US funds now on schools, 55% say

From 7 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking this question: Should Arlington spend its share of education job funds -- however much they turn out to be -- this year or next?

Because a $1.5 million shortfall from fiscal 2010 was discovered and federal money had to be used immediately, the poll ended. Of the 74 votes cast, the results were:

We need to spend them now: 41 (55.4%)

We should wait until next year: 32 (43.2%)

No opinion: 1 (1.4%)


Patrick tops Baker in informal poll, 44%-36%

From Friday, July 23, 2010, at 7 a.m. to Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, at 7 a.m. YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking this question: If the state general election were held today, for whom would you vote?


Aug. 2:Rise in unenrolled dog Democrats


Of the 295 votes cast, here are the results:

Deval Patrick: 129 (43.7%)

Charles Baker: 105 (35.6%)

Timothy Cahill: 23 (7.8%)

None of the above: 23 (7.8%)

Jill Stein: 15 (5.1%)


56% would contribute to Gap campaign

From Sunday, May 9, 2010, at 7 p.m. to Monday, June 7, 2010, at 7 p.m. YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking how much you would contribute to the effort to seek $1 million to close a $3.9 million school budget gap.

Of 315 votes, here are the results:

Nothing: 140 (44.4%)

$500: 69 (21.9%)

$100: 39 (12.4%)

$1,000: 27 (8.6%)

$50: 25 (7.9%)

$25: 9 (2.9%)

$10: 6 (1.9%)

Based on these numbers, the total contributed from these respondents would be $78,185.


51% would vote yes on Pay As You Throw trash collection

From Friday, Saturday, May 1, 2010, at 8 a.m. to Sunday, May 9, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking this question: How should Town Meeting vote on the Pay As You Throw (PAYT) trash-collection measure?

Of 179 votes, here are the results:

Yes: 92 (51.4%)

No: 87 (48.6%)


Slim majority thinks Donnelly should vote no on casino gambling

From Friday, April 16, 2010, at 11 a.m. to Friday, April 30, at 7 p.m., YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking this question:

How should Sen. Ken Donnelly vote on casino gambling? It noted that three Arlington House members had voted no.

Of 130 votes, here are the results:

No: 66 (50.8%)

Yes: 62 (47.7%)

Abstain: 2 (1.5%)


Bosdet, Pierce, Fusaris top online choices

From Friday, March 26, 2010, at 11 a.m. to Saturday, April 10, 2010, at 7 a.m., YourArlington published two unscientific polls asking for whom you expect to vote in the races for the Board of Selectmen as well as the School Committee.

Of 371 votes for the candidates for selectman, here are the results:

Nathan Bosdet: 153 (41.2%)

Kevin F. Greeley: 123 (33.2%)

Maria A. Romano: 95 (25.6%)

Of 240 votes for the candidates for School Committee, here are the results (two seats were open, but you could vote only for one):

Judson L. Pierce: 84 (35%)

Kurt Fusaris: 58 (24.2%)

Kirsi C. Allison-Ampe: 56 (23.3%)

Teresa Bottoni: 42 (17.5%)


On super finalists, majority chose: 'Start over'

From Thursday, March 18, at 7 a.m. to Wednesday, March 24, at 6:30 a.m., YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking this question: Which of the two finalists for Arlington school superintendent would you choose to lead our public schools, or should the process begin anew?

Of 91 votes, here are the results:

Kelly Clenchy: 19 (20.9%)

Eric Ely: 7 (7.7%)

Neither -- start the process over: 56 (61.5%)

No opinion: 9 (9.9%)


53% support 3-1 vote on clerk appointment

From Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. to  Thursday, March 4, at noon, YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking this question: Do you agree with the three selectmen who voted in favor of naming Selectman John A. Hurd as interim town clerk? Of 317 votes, here are the results:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes: 169 (53.3%)

No: 141 (44.5%)

No opinion: 7 (2.2%)

Apart from the number of votes, Google Analytics recorded 1,045 hits on the results link -- by far, the highest number among the 35 polls to date.

For the first few days that the poll was published, opinuion ran 98% against the vote. As the week proceede, the tide turned.


2/3rds would cut recreation, libraries

From 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking what one town service you would cut among six options. Here are the results among 148 voters:

Recreation: 65 (43.9%)

Libraries: 33 (22.3%)

Health Dept.: 19 (12.8%)

Fire Dept.: 13 (8.8%)

Police Dept.: 10 (6.8%)

Dept. of Public Works: 8 (5.4%)

NOTE: The town's Recreation Department is paid for via a self-supporting enterprise fund and is not budgeted out of the general fund or tax base.


49.7% would welcome charter school

From 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking residents their views should a charter school plan to be established in Arlington. Here are the results among 157 voters:

Welcome the school: 78 (49.7%)

Oppose the school: 63 (40.1%)

No opinion: 15 (9.6%)


Brown beats Coakley by 21 in 3-day poll

In a three-day unscientific poll from 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, to 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, YourArlington asked anyone with an Internet connection who they expected to vote for in special election to fill the site left when Sen. Edward Kennedy died last August. Here are the results among 123 voters in Arlington and beyond:

Scott Brown: 70 56.9%

Martha Coakley: 49 39.8%

Joseph L. Kennedy: 4 3.3%

Experience tops poll for new superintendent

From 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking residents to answer this question among seven options: What is the top attribute you want to see in a new school superintendent? Here are the results among 146 voters:

Educational experience (classroom and administration): 46 31.5%

Leadership: 39 26.7%

Skill in working with people: 23 15.8%

Skillfulness in handling finances: 22 15.1%

Creativity: 10 6.8%

Ability to handle controversy: 5 3.4%

Decisiveness: 1 0.7%

Most aim to lose weight

From 7 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, YourArlington published an unscientific poll asking residents to choose one resolution among seven options. Here are the results among 75 voters:

Lose weight: 33 (44%)

Slow down ("smell the roses"): 11 (14.7%)

Read more; watch TV less: 9 (12%)

Reduce alcohol consumption: 7 (9.3%)

Stop smoking: 5 (6.7%)

Volunteer: 5 (6.7%)

Focus on my family more than my job: 5 (6.7%)


 

To aid education, back override, cut Metco

From 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, YourArlington published an unscientific poll headlined "Aiding education" and asking this question: How would you save teaching jobs (top choice only)? Of 105 votes for 10 options (top choice only), here are the results:

Support holding an override: 29 (27.6%)

Withdraw from Metco: 28 (26.7%)

Institute block scheduling at the high school: 15 (14.3%)

Close a school: 8 (7.6%)

Increase class sizes: 7 (6.7%)

Continue to discuss issues related to the former superintendent: 6 (5.7%)

Raise fees (incl. kindergarten, sports, music): 5 (4.8%)

Eliminate program for gifted: 5 (4.8%)

Eliminate world languages: 1 (1%)

Reduce programs but don't eliminate them: 1 (1%)


 

Pub, deli top new-restaurant query

From 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, YourArlington published an unscientific polls asking this question: What kind of new restaurant would you like to see in Arlington?

Of 149 votes for 11 options (top choice only), here are the results:

Full-service pub: 44 (29.5%)

Jewish deli: 33 (22.1%)

Burrito: 28 (18.8%)

Fast-food (e.g., McDonald's): 20 (13.4%)

Portuguese: 7 (4.7%)

African: 5 (3.4%)

German: 4 (2.7%)

Expensive (on a par with Flora): 4 (2.7%)

Caribbean: 3 (2%)

Specialty burger: 1 (0.7%)

Polynesian: 0 (0%)


 

Majority says no to override

From 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 to midnight Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, YourArlington published an unscientific polls asking this question: With Arlington facing a shortfall predicted in the millions of dollars, should town and school leaders pursue an override next spring? Of 175 votes for three options (top choice only), here are the results:

No: 107 (61.1%)

Yes: 50 (28.6%)

Yes, but it depends how much: 18 (10.3%)


 

Leave parking ban as is, majority says

From 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 06:21 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, YourArlington published an unscientific polls asking about the town's overnight parking ban.

Of 208 votes for five options (top choice only), here are the results:

Leave things the way they are: 114 (54.8%)

End the 1-7 a.m. parking ban: 41 (19.7%)

Allow alternate-side parking first as a trial: 32 (15.4%)

Establish townwide on-street permit parking: 21 (10.1%)

No opinion: 0


 

59.8% favor tax on restaurant meals

From Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 8 a.m. until Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m., YourArlington published two unscientific polls asking about local-option taxes.

The first poll asked about an excise tax restaurant meals, which could be raised 0.75%. The results among 92 who voted:

Favor an increase (55) 59.8%

Favor no tax (35) 38%

No opinion (2) 2.2%

The second poll asked about a tax on hotel stays, which could be raised 1% or 2%. The results among 78 who voted:

Favor 2% (41) 52.6%

Favor 1% (13) 16.7%Favor no tax (20) 25.6%

No opinion (4) 5.1%

Town Meeting voted in favor of both issues at a Special Town Meeting on Nov. 16.


Most unconcerned about late school opening

From 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, to 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, YourArlington published an unscientific poll asked: With Arlington public schools opening late, how will you occupy your children until Sept. 10? (Top answer only.) The results among 98 who voted:

No prob -- it has no effect on me: 56  (57.1%)

Use vacation days to be home with them: 17 (17.3%)

Pay for child care: 10 (10.2%)

Public schools don't open until then? I have no clue: 8 (8.2%)

Take them to work with me: 6 (6.1%)

Send the kids to relatives: 1 (1%)


Votes mixed on having a charter school here

From Thursday, July 23, at 8 a.m. to  Sunday, Aug. 9, at 8 p.m., YourArlington published an unscientific poll that asked: Do you favor having a charter school in Arlington? The results among 169 who voted:

No: 72 (42.6%)

Yes, and I don't care whether funding subtracts from local aid: 47 (27.8%)

Yes, but only if its funding does not subtract from local aid: 46 (27.2%)

No opinion: 4 (2.4%)

64% oppose Town Meeting religious invocation

From Thursday, June 18, at 8 p.m. until Sunday, June 28, at 8 p.m., YourArlington published an unscientific poll that asked: Should each Town Meeting session begin with an invocation given by a religious figure? Here are the results among 154 responses:

Yes: 52 (33.2%)

No: 99 (64.3%)

No opinion: 3 (01.9%)


Majority opposes marijuana proposal

From Tuesday, April 21 at 2 p.m. until Sunday, May 3, at 8 p.m., YourArlington published an unscientific poll that asked whether Town Meeting should increase fines for public marijuana use. Here are the results among 210 responses:

Yes: 74 (35.2%)

No: 128 (61%)

I don't know:
8 (3.8%)


Majority backs looser alcohol restrictions

From Sunday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, YourArlington published an unscientific poll that asked how you would vote on three measures expected to be on the ballot of the April 4 Town Election. Each question has its own number of responses:

Should the town permit a restaurant to serve alcohol to a patron not having a full meal?

Yes: 182 (71.9%)

No: 64 (25.3%)

No opinion: 7 (2.8%)

Number of voters: 253

Should Arlington expand its number of package stores to five, from the current three?

Yes: 120 (56.6%)

No: 83 (39.2%)

No opinion:
9 (4.2%)

Number of voters: (212)

Should Arlington allow current stores selling wine and malt to expand to all-alcohol?

Yes: 173 (68.1%)

No: 71 (28%)

No opinion
: 10 (3.9%)

Number of voters: (254)


Majority favors gas tax over 'Pike tolls

From Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, YourArlington published an unscientific poll that asked how you preferred to pay for some of the cost of the Big Dig -- Are you willing to pay a higher gas tax rather than the proposed toll increases for the Turnpike? The results among 83 responses:

Yes: 52 (62.7%)

No: 28 (33.7%)

I don't know:
3 (3.6%)


Should Arlington plow the bikeway again?

From 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, YourArlington published an unscientific poll that asked whether you favor plowing the bikeway in Arlington again this winter. The results among 289 responses:

Yes: 205 (70.9%)

No: 74 (25.6%)

No opinion: 10 (3.5%)

The members of Arlington's Board of Selectmen have been informed about these results.


Should Younger students bicycle to school?

From Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, until 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, YourArlington published an unscientific poll that asked whether, as an Arlington public school parent, you favor allowing your children to ride a bicycle to elementary or middle school. The results among 119 responses:

Yes: 83 (69.7%)

No: 33 (27.7%)

Don't know: 3 (2.5%)


 

Poll on Green Line extension plan

From 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, until 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, YourArlington published an unscientific poll that asked whether you favor ending the Green Line extension near Rt. 16 in Medford. The results among 131 responses:
Yes: 115 (87.8%)

No: 14 (10.7%)

Don't know: 2 (1.5%)

Poll on Democratic Senate candidates

From 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, until 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, YourArlington published an unscientific poll that asked voters which Democratic Senate candidate they planned to choose. On Friday, Aug. 29, a similar question was asked about Republicans.

Until the last night of voting, Ken Donnelly was leading Jack Hurd, and the numbers below show what the spread was at that time. But early on Sept. 16, there was a surge of votes for J. James Marzilli Jr., showing just how unscientiifc Web polls are. Results:

Marzilli: 129 (44.6%)

Donnelly: 80 (27.7%)

Hurd: 69 (23.9%)

none: 6 ( 2.1%)

a write-in candidate: 5 (1.7%)

Number of voters: 289

For which Republican?


John Worden (write-in, not running): 11 (57.9%)

Brion Cangiamila (write-in): 3 (15.8%)

none: 3 (15.8%)

another write-in: 2 (10.5%)

Number of voters: 19


 

April 5 ballot question on reducing seats in restaurants for alcohol sales

From 7 a.m. Friday, 21 March, until 7 a.m. Thursday, 27 March, YourArlington published an unscientific poll that asked voters about the ballot question in the April 5 Town Election. Voters are asked about whether the town should reduce seats in restaurants selling alcohol from 99 to 50. The full question is here >>

In the online poll, 120 voted -- 100 voted yes, and 20 voted no.

Who should be our state representative?

From 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, until 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, YourArlington published an unscientific poll that asked voters to choose among the three candidates for state representative -- or choose "none of the above."

The results among 385 who used the polls:

John L. Worden III (Republican), 181 (47%)

Sean Garballey (Democrat), 181 (47%)

None of the above, 22 (5.7%)

Robert Valeri (Independent), 1 (0.3%)

State rep race: Which Democrat will you vote for Tuesday? [Feb. 5, 2008]

From Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:46 a.m. until Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 a.m., YourArlington published an unscientific poll that asked voters to choose among three Democrats running for state representative or choose none. The results among 354 votes cast:

Jeffrey Thielman, 196, or 55.4%

Sean Garballey, 145, or 41%

None of the above, 7, 2%

Andrew O'Brien, 6, 1.7%

Number of Voters : 354


Casino gambling: What decision should Gov. Patrick make?

From Friday, Aug. 17, until Sunday, Sept. 16, YourArlington published an unscientific poll that asked for opinions about what decision Gov. Patrick should make about casino gambling. Now that he has decided to license it, here's how respondents to this Web site voted.
Of the 113 who responded, 54 (47.8%) voted to permit it, 52 (46%) to deny it, and seven (6.2%) had no opinion.

Level 3 sex offenders ...

From Monday, July 30, to Friday, Aug. 17, YourArlington published an unscientific poll that asked for opinions about whether local police should list publicly the addresses of Level 3 sex offenders.
Of the 107 who responded, 80 voted (74.8%), 20 voted no (25.2%) and none chose no opinion.

Open school on Good Friday?

From Monday, June 25, to Sunday, July 22, YourArlington.com published an unscientific poll that asked for opinions about the Winchester School Committee's decision to open school on Good Friday. The poll asked: Should Arlington Public Schools follow suit?

Of the 239 who responded, 123 voted no (51.5%), and 104 voted yes (43.5%).

Nine chose "It makes no difference" (3.8%), and three chose "No opinion" (1.3%).


New bylaw requires property owners to clean up graffiti on their premises or face fines.

From Tuesday, May 22 through Sunday, June 24, YourArlington.com published an unscientific poll that asked for opinions about a bylaw adopted by this year's Town Meeting. The bylaw has not been approved by the state attorney general, as is the case will all new bylaws; that approval usually occurs in September. Respondents were asked whether the measure is:
  • Fair and appropriate?
  • Or does it unfairly punish the victim?
The first option received 48 votes, or 41%. The second received 69 votes, or 59%.

I like living in Arlington because of its ...

From Monday, April 23, to Monday, May 21, YourArlington.com published an unscientific poll that asked for opinions about why you like living in Arlington. Among nine options, respondents were asked to name their top choice only. Of the 141 who responded during, here are the choices and votes for each:

Proximity to Boston: 46, 32.6%

Spirit of volunteerism: 26, 18.4%

Schools: 17, 12.1%

Restaurants: 13, 9.2%

Minuteman Bikeway: 11, 7.8%

Parks: 10, 7.1%

History: 9, 6.4%

Open space: 6, 4.3%

Water towers: 3, 2.1%

Proposed cell-phone tower atop Peirce School

From Monday, April 2, to Monday, April 23, YourArlington.com published an unscientific poll that asked for opinions about what the School Committee should do with regard to the proposed cell-phone tower atop Peirce School.

Respondents were asked for their top choice only.

Of the 161 who voted in the three-week period, here are the choices and the votes for each:

Accept it for the potential revenue because cell towers are safe: 67, 41.6%

Accept it because of the potential revenue only after knowing the tower is safe: 55, 34.2%

Reject the proposal because of its potential danger to children: 22, 13.7%

Reject the proposal because private cell towers should not be on public schools: 17, 10.6%


Possible tax on restaurant meals

From Sunday, March 11, to Sunday, April 1, YourArlington.com published an unscientific poll that asked for views about a possible tax on restaurant meals. In February, Gov. Patrick proposed that cities and town might lessen pressure on raising revenue through the property tax by enacting local taxes on restaurant meals of up to 2 percent.

The poll asked the public for its top choice among the following options if Arlington adopted such a tax. Of the 176 who voted in the three-week period, here are the choices and the votes for each:

Not even consider the issue when dining out? 105, or 59.7%
Dine out in a town with no meals tax? 38, or 21.6%

Make Arlington your first choice to dine? 33, or 18.8%

Town’s overnight on-street parking ban

On Feb. 25, an unscientific poll on YourArlington.com asked the public to vote on the town’s overnight on-street parking ban. Cars are not permitted to park on the street between the hours of 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. Residents who do face a possible $25 ticket.


The poll was taken down Sunday, March 11, after 245 had voted.

The poll was posted, in part, to see what people wanted to do in the light of the fact that the selectmen have asked the Transportation Advisory Committee to look into this issue and to see whether alternate-side-of-the-street parking is feasible.


The poll listed three options and asked:

Do you favor (top choice):

Here are the options followed by the votes and the percentage:

Keeping the ban as is? 153 62.4%

Allowing alternate-side-of-street parking overnight? 53 21.6%

Abolishing the ban? 39 15.9%

How would you fill the $700,000 deficit the Arlington public schools face?

On Monday, Feb. 12, an unscientific poll was posted that asked “How would you fill the $700,000 deficit the Arlington public schools face?”

Respondents were asked to choose their top option only.
By Sunday afternoon, Feb. 25, when the poll was removed, 212 had voted.

The options and number of votes were:

Seek other ways to pay for public education than the real estate tax: 44 or 20.8%

Urge the state to provide more aid: 39 or 18.4%

Urge the Finance Committee to change the formula under which town and school aid is split: 35 or 16.5%

Regionalize: form compacts with other communities to share costs: 31 or 14.6%

Pay higher taxes via an override: 18 or 8.5%

Eliminate special education: 12 or 5.7%

Encourage reduction of school administrative staff: 11 or 5.2%

Pay higher fees: 10 or 4.7%

Educate all children at home or in private and parochial schools: 6 or 2.8%

Reduce the number of teachers in favor of larger classes: 6 or 2.8%

A number of people contacted this site's publisher to say they objected to the inclusion of options eliminating special education and educating all students at home or in private and parochial schools. The publisher explained that he does not support these options and know that current law requires special ed and public education.


Do you want a fenced dog park?

YourArlington.com had the following unscientific poll available to the public for two weeks (from 2:03 p.m. on Jan. 29 to about that time on Feb. 12).

The poll asked: Should the town have a fenced dog park?

Here are the results among 215 votes cast:

Yes: 144 (67%)

No, never: 46 (21.4%)

No, but I would consider discussing it: 13 (6%)

Yes, but with reservations: 10 (4.7%)

No opinion: 2 (0.9%)

What is most important to you?

From Saturday, Jan. 6, through Sunday, Jan. 28, YourArlington.com had a poll on its first page that recorded answers to a series of questions related to Arlington’s future growth.

In those 22 days, 107 answers were recorded.

Here are the issues on which you could vote, the number choosing it, and the percentage of the total who chose that issue:

Reconstruction of the Thompson and Stratton schools: 38 35.5%

The town should sell the former Symmes Hospital site and abandon its plans there: 19 17.8%

Controlled grow through stronger zoning laws: 18 16.8%

Free-market growth with fewer zoning laws: 8 7.5%

Completion of the project at the former Symmes Hospital: 7 6.5%

None of these: 7 6.5%

Controlled grow through fewer zoning laws: 5 4.7%

Reconstruction of the Thompson school, and not Stratton: 3 2.8%

Free-market growth without zoning laws: 2 1.9%

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