Jackson Power Poll for December 2021: Omicron, 'New Miss' and Contempt for Hinds County?

January 5, 2022 6:00am
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Jackson, MS Correspondent

In our final Jackson Power Poll for 2021, we got your answers to our questions on virus-affected holiday plans, whether or not the University of Mississippi should fight a "New Miss" copyright and whether Hinds County should be held in contempt of a 2016 federal court degree over jail conditions.

In our final Jackson Power Poll for 2021, we got your answers to our questions on virus-affected holiday plans, whether or not the University of Mississippi should fight a "New Miss" copyright and whether Hinds County should be held in contempt of a 2016 federal court degree over jail conditions. Here's what you said.

We asked, "With the omicron variant of COVID-19 moving quickly through the U.S., did you change anything about your holiday plans?" 50 percent of you said your plans didn't change, and you met up with friends and family; 15% said you'd already planned to avoid gatherings and 30% said that your plans did, indeed, change.

Our second question asked whether the University of Mississippi should defend their trademark against the "New Miss" mark that the applicant, Suzi Altman, says will benefit a museum in James Meredith's honors. Thirty percent of respondents said UM should allow the New Miss trademark, while 10% said UM should drop "Ole Miss" themselves. Forty-five percent said that UM should defend its "Ole Miss" trademark, and 15% had other opinions.

Finally, we asked for thoughts on this statement: "U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves announced last week he intended to hold a hearing to determine if Hinds County should be held in contempt of a 2016 decree for conditions at the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond."

Forty-five percent said it's time for the federal judge to step in, while 25% said that Hinds County appears to be making progress and the judge should give them more time. Another 20% said we should wait things out because a new sheriff was just elected. Fifteen perecent had some other opinion.

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