KELOLAND/Argus Leader 2018 Poll: Name Recognition, Economic Issues, Trade And “Fake News”


South Dakota’s elected officials appear to have support from voters in the state, according to results from the KELOLAND/Argus Leader 2018 Primary Poll.

Between May 21 and May 23, Mason-Dixon researchers asked 625 registered Republican voters in the state a number of questions about local races and issues on the primary ballot.  

Of the voters asked, 73 percent said they have a favorable opinion of Senator John Thune.  Senator Mike Rounds received a 60 percent favorable result while 58 percent of people said they have a favorable opinion of Governor Dennis Daugaard.

As for what issues will drive voters to get to the polls for the primary election, 47 percent of voters said economic issues are their top concern.  Twenty-eight percent said other issues weigh more heavily in their decision-making process, with 25 percent of people saying both or not sure.

With trade agreements are being negotiated by the Trump administration, 62 percent of people say they are confident the deals will help grow the U.S. economy and benefit South Dakota.  Just 26 percent of voters are concerned and 12 percent are not sure.

When it comes to concerns over “fake news,” 69 percent of voters asked said national media outlets generate those types of stories.  Local media outlets fared better when asked that question with only 32 percent of people saying local journalists generate “fake news.”

The margin of error for the poll is no more than plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.  According to Mason-Dixon, this means that there is a 95 percent probability that the “true” figure would fall within that range if all voters were surveyed.  The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as gender or age grouping.

Review all the numbers on our KELOLAND/Argus Leader 2018 Primary Poll page on  

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