The annual House of Representatives' state fair poll results are out and, while not scientific, it does offer an interesting glimpse of what was the minds of fair goers who took a time out from food-on-a-stick to cast a ballot.
Those surveyed were split on whether Minnesota should legalize bigger fireworks like bottle rockets in the state. Of those voting, nearly 48 percent voted "yes" while 45 percent voted "no." More than 8 percent of those polled were undecided. The Republican-leg Legislature passed a bill opening the door to these fireworks, but DFL Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed it due to safety concerns.
Voters did overwhelmingly agree that employers shouldn't be allowed to require employees to fork over their Facebook passwords in exchange for a job. Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, co-sponsored a bill last session that would have prohibited this. Looks like it might have traction next year with nearly 93 percent of voters agreeing with it.
Here are some other interesting poll results:
— Nearly 72 percent of those polled say schol district should be able to use performation evaluations in making layoff decisions. The governor vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-led Legislature that would have allowed that. Rep. Duane Quam, R-Byron, was a cosponsor of that bill.
— Nearly 70 percent of poll takers say motorcyclists should be required to wear a helmet.
— More than half of those polled — 54 percent — say there should be a higher threshold when it comes to getting a constitutional amendment on the ballot. Right now, it takes a simple majority. Rep. Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester, sponsored a proposed constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to get an amendment on the ballot.
Want to see all the poll results? Click here Download 2012 State Fair Poll results