It feels a little strange to send you this newsletter about our surveys in light of the current crisis. Discussing hands-free driving regulations and transportation attitudes seems a little surreal, like an artifact from another time. Things have certainly changed since we produced the material for this newsletter just a few short weeks ago. So much so, that I’ve questioned whether I should even send this out.
Despite the new normal in which we all find ourselves, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the way Idahoans care about family and community. The current crisis has demonstrated that most Idahoans are calmly doing their best to care for loved ones and the people around us, while also engaging in social distancing practices.
We are living in unprecedented times. If you’re like me, I’m trying to balance the pieces I’m reading about COVID-19 with pieces of interest that will live beyond our current pandemic. It is in this context that we present you with the latest issue of Public Interest. Here, we’ll show you how our surveys reveal the attitudes of Idahoans on important issues like traffic, growth, education and housing. We’ll also introduce you to the director of the Idaho Policy Institute as well as to our own survey director, each of whose great work has contributed to our understanding of important public policy issues in Idaho and beyond.
Thanks for listening. Take care and be well.
Interim Dean, School of Public Service
Boise State University
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