Results from a newly released Monroe County Voice of the Voter Poll indicate local residents are concerned about the future security of their jobs, but are also somewhat optimistic that they’ll be better off financially in the years to come.
Debbie Falbo has been unemployed for over a year.
“The economy is kind of scary,” said Falbo. “I hope something can be done.”
According to the Voice of the Voter Poll, she has plenty of company. 12% say economic conditions in Monroe County are poor, 53% believe conditions are fair, 33% said good, and 2% said excellent
Regarding job security, 33% of those polled said they are very concerned about the future of their own jobs as well as their family members. Thirty-five percent said they are somewhat concerned; 18% said they’re not too concerned and 12% said they’re not concerned at all.
“I'm concerned about jobs for everybody,” said Robert Kilpper, who knows all too well about job security. His son-in-law had to move out of state to find a job to support his seven kids after he was laid off from Kodak.
The poll also asked if they thought they would be better or worse off financially four years from now -- 33% said better off, 14% said worse off, and 45% said just about the same as now.
The poll also asked respondents if they would be delaying any life decisions like marriage, attending college, having children or retirement because of the economy. Click on the link below for these answers plus complete poll results on the economy as well as how Monroe County residents feel their tax dollars should be spent.
The Voice of the Voter poll was conducted by the Siena College Research institute between October 7-11. Eight hundred likely Monroe County voters responded. The Voice of the Voter is sponsored by WHAM TV, WXXI-TV, the Democrat & Chronicle and WDKX radio.