Vermont This Week(link is external), Friday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. on Vermont PBSThis is the third and final statewide public opinion survey put out by VPR and Vermont PBS this year. The first(link is external) was conducted in February, followed by a second poll in July(link is external).About VPRVermont Public Radio (VPR) is Vermont’s only statewide public radio network. A listener-supported, nonprofit organization since 1977, VPR provides an essential and trusted independent voice for news, information, music and cultural exploration. It operates a 27-station radio network serving all of Vermont, parts of surrounding states and Quebec, Canada. Reaching more than 200,000 listeners each week, VPR and its two programming services—VPR News and VPR Classical—produce programming for radio, digital and live audiences. A complete list of stations, programs and services can be found at VPR.org(link is external).About Vermont PBSVermont PBS connects neighbors through stories that change lives. As Vermont’s only statewide independent TV station, Vermont PBS is a powerful catalyst that informs, educates and inspires. When you support Vermont PBS, you help all Vermonters learn, grow, and contribute to our great state and the world. Learn more at vermontpbs.org(link is external). Join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.Source: Colchester, Vt., September 22, 2020—VPR/VTPBS Vermont PBS,Vermont Public Radio,New VPR-Vermont PBS Poll Finds Governor Scott Very Popular Lieutenant Governor’s Race Is A Toss-Up, Fewer Than 50% Of Vermonters Eager To Take A COVID-19 VaccineVermont Business Magazine Republican Governor Phil Scott is coasting to reelection and has become more popular than the three Democrats who serve in Vermont’s Congressional delegation, according to a new poll(link is external) from VPR and Vermont PBS released today.Meanwhile, six weeks from Election Day, the state’s lieutenant governor’s race is a statistical dead heat, and fewer than 50 percent of Vermonters say they are eager to take a COVID-19 vaccine in the next year.The poll found that President Trump’s approval rating is in Vermont 30 percent, with Governor Phil Scott receiving the highest rating of 68 percent, followed by Senator Bernie Sanders (61 percent), Congressman Peter Welch (57 percent) and Senator Patrick Leahy (56 percent).They would also favor Scott over Leahy (41-38 percent) when the Senate election comes up next time.For lieutenant governor, Democrat Molly Gray received 35 percent support to 31 percent for Republican Scott Milne, with 24 percent not indicating a choice.The plurality of those polled indicated by a small margin that they would vote in-person rather than by mail (49 percent to 45 percent).And while Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leads Trump in this poll 56 percent to 32 percent, 20 percent indicated they didn’t vote in the Trump-Hillary Clinton election four years ago, and Clinton received 35 percent to Trump’s 28 percent.Getting a vaccine for COVID-19 received a broader spread of enthusiasm with a more nuanced question.Question: If a vaccine for COVID-19 were developed in the next 12 months, how eager or reticent would you be to get vaccinated as early as possible?The responses were spread out, with a plurality of 48 percent saying they likely would get the vaccine: 19% were “Very eager,” 29% “Somewhat eager,” 22% “Somewhat reticent,” 21% “Very reticent,” 6% “Not sure/No opinion,” and 3% “Refused.”By a wide margin poll takers favored legalizing marijuana (68 percent).They also favored in-person K-12 schools (52-34 percent), and more narrowly favored reopening the colleges for on-campus instruction (48-42 percent).From September 3 to September 15, the VPR-Vermont PBS Poll(link is external) asked Vermonters how they felt about political candidates, a COVID-19 vaccine, retail marijuana and other issues. The full results, methodology, and appendices are available for download(link is external).The poll was supervised by Rich Clark, a professor of political science and former director of polling at the Castleton Polling Institute, and was conducted by Braun Research. Pollsters interviewed 604 respondents over landlines and cell phones. The poll has an overall margin of error of 4%.VPR and Vermont PBS will provide extensive broadcast and digital coverage and analysis of the polling results throughout the week, including:VPR News stories and reports throughout the week on the air and at VPR.org(link is external) A deep dive into the poll results on Vermont Edition(link is external) on Wednesday, September 23 at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.