SPRINGFIELD - In politics, the most important issue can be a "matter of opinion", but a new survey found Illinois voters all want the same thing.
1000 residents were asked what they care about the most. The answer is tackling unemployment. "We should be investing in education" says one voter. "Especially, now that people re out of work, education is that much more important to getting a good job."
Education came in at number two. "They should have more programs helping people get a job if they are unemployed" says Jessica Perkins, another voter. Perkins takes the bus to school every day. Education is most important to her. "They should be spending more money on education and health care."
Still, Perkins thinks voters like her should have the chance to be heard. "More people should get involved. A lot of people lost interest in our government."
The study, conducted by the Center For Innovation and Public Value, underscores the need for lawmakers to listen to taxpayers. "The general population is their constituency and if they aren't following what the people voted for, then I think that's wrong."