March Power Poll: What local leaders think about vaccination, Byhalia pipeline, M. David Rudd

March 22, 2021 6:00am
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By Dann Miller
Memphis, TN Correspondent

President Joe Biden said that all adults who wanted to get a COVID-19 vaccine would be able to by May 1. Memphians feel optimistic about this goal will be achieved according to the latest Memphis Power Poll results released Thursday.

President Joe Biden said that all adults who wanted to get a COVID-19 vaccine would be able to by May 1. Memphians feel optimistic about this goal will be achieved according to the latest Memphis Power Poll results released Thursday.

The Power Poll is a monthly survey sent to more than 425 influential business, political, nonprofit and cultural leaders in the Bluff City. The poll is presented by The Commercial Appeal and sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and DVL Seigenthaler - Finn Partners.

The March Power Poll focused on several different topics in the news recently.

The March Memphis Power Poll:

Last week, President Joe Biden said that all adults would be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine by May 1. How confident are you that this goal will be achieved?

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  • 44.9% - Very optimistic
  • 43.5% - Somewhat optimistic
  •   8.7% - Somewhat pessimistic
  •   2.9% - Very pessimistic

Do you feel strongly about which vaccination you receive?

  • 81.2% - No. I will take whatever is offered.
  •   1.5% - Yes. I only want to get Moderna.
  • 14.5% - Yes. I only want to get Pfizer.
  •   2.6% - Yes. I only want to get Johnson & Johnson.

Given what you know about the rate of vaccinations and the current spread of the virus, when do you think you will feel comfortable going to events where you are surrounded by other people who may or may not be wearing masks?

  • 11.6% - Spring
  • 34.8% - Summer
  • 31.9% - Early Fall
  • 11.% - Late Fall
  • 10.1% - January or later

The Byhalia Connection pipeline has been grabbing headlines lately as celebrities, including Jane Fonda and former Vice President Al Gore, have come out against the project. Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is asking for a mandatory buffer between any pipeline and homes, churches and schools. How do you feel about the proposed project?

  • 14.5% - I support it as proposed
  • 15.9% - I support it but would like to see them consider alternative routes
  • 47.8% - I do not support the project and would like to see it scrapped
  • 21.7% - I still do not know enough to give an opinion

M. David Rudd announced last week that he will step down as president of the University of Memphis at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. What do you think will be remembered most during his time leading the school?

  • 10.1% - Increased enrollment
  • 10.1% - Increased fundraising efforts
  • 29.0% - Development as a research institution
  • 20.3% - Improved sports and educational facilities
  • 14.5% - Hiring Penny Hardaway
  • 15.9% - The emergence of the Tigers football program

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