Washington, D.C. - Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) hosted a telephone town hall yesterday evening, fielding questions from a number of the thousands of constituents who participated from the comfort of their own homes.
A “Telephone Town Hall” operates like a large-scale conference call where constituents can hear from Congressman Sherman and ask him questions about major federal issues, including terrorism, health care, and the condition of the economy. Roughly 5,000 Valley residents participated in the 90 minute forum for varying periods of time.
“Thanks to the new technology, thousands more of my constituents are able to engage their congressman than would otherwise attend a town hall meeting. We had a good discussion about a variety of issues that are important to the daily lives of Valley residents – issues that the federal government is seeking to address,” said Congressman Brad Sherman. “Obviously, many people are concerned about the future of the economy.”
During Congressman Sherman’s Telephone Town Hall, Sherman elicited the input of his constituents by asking a series of survey questions about pressing issues. The results of survey questions follow:
In regard to foreign trade, I have been drafting legislation to revoke China’s Most Favored Nation status. When I discussed this legislation with President Obama, he said that he thought it would be too disruptive. What do you believe?
Introduce the legislation. - 62%
Do not introduce the legislation. - 17%
Undecided - 22%
Which statement best fits your view on Health Insurance Reform?
I support President Obama’s plan with a public option - 34%
We should adopt a “Single Payer” system and eliminate private health insurance companies - 23%
I support the Republican alternative - 20%
I do not support major changes in the law - 23%
Which statement best fits your views on the Middle East conflict?
We should strongly support Israel. - 47%
We should support Palestinians at least as much as we support Israel. - 29%
We should just stay out of the conflict. - 24%
In fighting the War on Terrorism, the federal government has taken steps to prevent another major terrorist attack on American soil that have curtailed civil liberties. Do you believe that?
The measures taken by the government have generally been necessary and appropriate to protect Americans from terrorism? - 37%
The measures have protected the United States, but more must be done to ensure that the government does not impede the rights of Americans? - 31%
The war on terrorism has greatly reduced American civil liberties and have not had a significant impact on the safety of Americans? - 32%
Which statement best fits your view of the legislative program of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)?
Strongly Agree - 6%
Moderately Agree - 21%
Neutral/Not Enough Information - 16%
Disagree - 57%
Which statement best fits your view of the legislative program of The Sierra Club?
Strongly Agree - 35%
Moderately Agree - 21%
Neutral/Not Enough Information - 20%
Disagree - 24%