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25 years ago: Poll shows Kansans in favor of admissions requirements, AIDS testing

February 14, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 14, 1988:

Results of the annual Kansas University legislative issues poll were released this week. The poll, which had been conducted from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7 by KU's Institute for Public Policy and Business Research, had sampled 375 randomly chosen residents of the state. Among other findings, pollsters discovered that 53 percent of Kansans favored admission requirements for students entering state regents universities, with 32 percent not wanting to discontinue the existing open-admissions policy. State residents also came out in favor of the bulk of their tax money going toward education, with 69 percent favoring salary increases at state universities. However, only 43 percent approved of longevity pay for state employees, with 30 percent opposed. One poll organizer said he was surprised that 40 percent of Kansans polled said that AIDS tests should be done on everyone in the United States, and the majority favored testing for immigrants, prisoners, soldiers, marriage applicants and visitors from other countries. A poll question about measures to relieve crowded prisons produced a result of 63 percent of Kansans saying they would favor community corrections, a means by which non-violent criminals could work off their sentences while remaining in the general population. However, prisons were at the bottom of respondents' spending priorities.

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