According to the 2017 Business-Base (B-Base) poll commissioned by the Montana Chamber of Commerce, Montana voter priorities for the next legislative session include controlling government spending, improving access to healthcare and increasing education funding.

Twenty-two percent of Montana residents polled said their top priority is controlling government spending, while 20 percent cited improving access to healthcare and 16 percent prioritized increases in education funding.

The B-Base is an annual scientific survey of 800 Montana voters on a variety of business and political issues. 

“As we move into an important election cycle in 2018 and prepare for the 2019 legislative session, it’s critical to understand priorities for folks in Montana,” said Webb Brown, Montana Chamber president and CEO. “We are pleased to see that some of the core objectives set forth in our 10-year strategic plan, Envision 2026, are topics that people are invested in.”

The poll also confirmed many trends that the Montana Chamber has seen in previous iterations of the survey: business organizations are well-regarded by voters throughout the state and Montana’s business community deserves the most credit for economic growth. 

The poll was conducted Nov. 11-16, 2017 by Moore Information of Missoula with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent. It has been commissioned by the Montana Chamber of Commerce since 1992 to determine what Montanans think about the business community and important economic issues facing our state.