By Jon Richards
7th District Congressman Rob Woodall held a tele-town hall last night, and used a portion of it to gauge the opinions of those listening in.
On the question of whether Iran's nuclear enrichment program presents a serious threat to U.S. national security, 88% of those responding said yes, 5% said no, and 8% were unsure.
Woodall talked about how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid mostly does not allow Republican amendments to bills to be offered, and often will not hold floor votes on many bills. He then asked whether House and Senate leadership should control their chambers by limiting discussion on bills they don't like, or whether ideas should come to the floor for a vote. 5% though leadership should control the debate, 86% said legislators should decide matters on the floor, and 9% said, in essence, it depends.
On whether the Social Security retirement age should be raised for people born in the 1970s or later, 57% said yes, 13% said no, 15% thought the retirement age should be raised even faster, and 15% were not sure.
The final question was about a possible extension of long term unemployment benefits, an issue likely to be debated this week or next. 6% were in favor of extended unemployment benefits, 83% thought they shouldn't be extended beyond 26 weeks, and 11% were not sure.
This wasn't a scientific poll by any means. We don't know how many people were on the call, nor do we know their political leanings. But it does provide some insight into what people willing to get involved in politics on a Monday night think.
Woodall will host another tele-town hall on Thursday the 16th from 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM. If you would like to participate, the number to call in is 877-229-8493, and the password is 17849.