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June 26, 2014

FM3 Poll: New Jersey Voters Overwhelmingly Support Funding for Open Space Programs

From a June 23rd article by Matt Friedman in the Star-Ledger:

TRENTON — Armed with a poll that showed overwhelming public support for their plan to save New Jersey’s out-of-cash open space trust fund, environmentalists and lawmakers from both parties today called on state Assembly leaders to act on it.

The state Senate has been moving quickly on a constitutional amendment (SCR84/ACR130) to ask voters if they would support requiring 4 percent of the Corporation Business Tax currently dedicated to environmental programs be used specifically to fund open space programs. It would then increase the share to 6 percent of the corporation business tax after five years.

But Assembly leaders have been reluctant to put it up for a vote.

“It’s really important that we do that in the next week, and we’re hopeful that the Assembly will take this up. That’s really the critical point,” said Ed Potosnak, executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation voters.

To get the proposed amendment on the ballot in November , both the Senate and Assembly would need to pass the resolution with three-fifth majorities by Aug. 2.

“I think we all can agree that the most successful land preservation program in the most densely populated state is now out of money, and we need to do something about that,” said Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex), a sponsor.

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May 21, 2014

CLOSED-FM3 Announces Open Position for Controller-Accounting Manager in Oakland

The Opportunity

 Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) is looking for a controller or experienced accounting manager to join our team. This is a full-time position in our Oakland office reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer.

 The Company

 FM3, a California “S” corporation with offices in Oakland, Santa Monica and Madison, Wisconsin, has specialized in public policy-oriented opinion research since 1981. FM3 offers a wide range of opinion research, communications strategy and consulting services to assist political candidates (Democratic or non-partisan), ballot measure committees, private sector corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

 On an annual basis, our 22-person company conducts as many as three hundred surveys and one hundred and fifty focus groups, frequently focusing on issues of major economic and social concern, including environmental quality; natural resource conservation; energy development; transportation planning and finance; health care; public finance; growth and property development, and the implications of public policy for ethnic and other demographic groups such as children and the elderly.

 Consequently, FM3 employees are provided with a unique, behind-the-scenes view into how public policy and political decisions are made, and a richer understanding of high-profile political campaigns at the local, state and national level.

 Responsibilities

 Responsibilities of the Controller will include, but are not limited to:

  • Hands-on, day-to-day execution of all major accounting functions such as: GL, A/P, A/R, collections, fixed assets, payroll and bank reconciliation
  • Completing bank reconciliations & cash forecasts
  • Providing financial planning and analysis to inform strategic decision-making
  • Generating annual budget forecasts
  • Generating regular daily and monthly reports
  • Issuing 1099’s
  • Tracking employee time off and vacations
  • Working with FM3’s CPA, providing data and support for tax & audit purposes, including local business taxes
  • Assisting in establishment of procedures and policies
  • Assisting in new hire orientation
  • Interacting with employee benefits providers, including medical, vision, dental and retirement
  • Assisting in the completion of responses to RFPs requiring financial documentation

 Requirements 

  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with standard concepts, practices, and procedures of GAAP
  • A high level of proficiency with QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Ability to work both independently in a fast-paced, high volume and changing environment
  • HR experience and experience working for small businesses – particularly those in the service industry, such as law or consulting firms – is a plus
  • Familiarity with and an interest in the political environment and public policy issues is a plus
  • Candidates must have a strong character, ability to excel in a dynamic team environment, and a commitment to delivering exceptional client service, given that our work environment requires interdisciplinary problem solving, often on compressed timelines

 Compensation and Benefits 

The position will offer a competitive compensation package (with annual performance-based bonuses) and full benefits, including health insurance and company contributions to 401k.

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May 12, 2014

FM3 Announces Open Position for Business Development Associate in Santa Monica

The Opportunity

Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) is looking for a Business Development Associate to join our team. This is a full-time position in our Santa Monica office.

The Company

FM3, a California “S” corporation with offices in Oakland, Santa Monica and Madison, Wisconsin, has specialized in public policy-oriented opinion research since 1981. FM3 offers a wide range of opinion research, communications strategy and consulting services to assist political candidates (Democratic or non-partisan), ballot measure committees, private sector corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

On an annual basis, our 22-person company conducts as many as three hundred surveys and one hundred and fifty focus groups, frequently focusing on issues of major economic and social concern, including environmental quality; natural resource conservation; energy development; transportation planning and finance; health care; public finance; growth and property development, and the implications of public policy for ethnic and other demographic groups such as children and the elderly.

Responsibilities

The Business Development Associate (BDA) is a new role within FM3 intended to streamline, improve and assume ownership of the company’s proposal and request for proposal (RFP) response processes.  The primary responsibility of the BDA will be working with FM3 Researchers to write and compile proposals and responses to more complex government agency RFPs.  As a part of this process, the BDA would also be responsible for identifying potential proposals and managing work-flow to ensure that selected proposals are submitted on-time and complete.  Additionally, the BDA would assume responsibility for FM3’s other marketing activities, including the development and maintenance of client leave-behinds, content on FM3’s website, and FM3’s social media presence (currently Twitter).  This position offers a unique opportunity to manage the bulk of an entire business function and to shape how its efficiency, effectiveness and scope develop in the future.

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April 17, 2014

FM3 Poll: Ohio Voters Favor Green Energy and Politicians

From an April 16 article by John Funk in the Plain Dealer:

Ohioans overwhelmingly favor replacing coal-fired power plants with wind farms and solar arrays, and requiring utilities to help customers use less electricity, a poll released Wednesday has found.

The random telephone survey of 600 Ohio voters found:

•  That 72 percent favor renewable energy over traditional power plants, with 52 percent strongly in favor.

•  That 86 percent of Ohio voters support mandated utility energy efficiency programs, with 49 percent strongly supporting the rules.

•  That two-thirds of voters say they would more likely support legislative candidates this fall who promote renewable energy over those who think the state’s utilities should continue to emphasize traditional coal-fired and nuclear power plants.

“The findings present a very clear picture of where Ohioans stand when it comes to energy policy and some of the debates going on in the state legislature,” said David Metz, a principal in the polling firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates. Known as FM3, the firm is based in California.

“And relative to other polling we have done in Ohio and around the country, these results are consistent in the strong support that Ohio voters offer for more use of clean energy and greater use of energy efficiency,” said Metz during a news conference.

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April 3, 2014

FM3 Poll: Strong Support for Protecting Montana Waterways

From an April 2 article by Vince Devlin in the Missoulian:

Armed with a new statewide poll showing overwhelming public support for protecting Montana’s rivers, a coalition of groups said Wednesday they would seek something that hasn’t been done in almost 40 years – gaining permanent protection for more of the state’s waterways.

Scott Bosse, Northern Rockies director for American Rivers, said those rivers include Rock Creek, the North Fork of the Blackfoot River, Monture Creek, and Fish Creek and its tributaries.

“We’ve heard from a lot of people in public meetings that there is great interest in protecting those,” Bosse said. “It will be really important to gather more input from local people before we put forth any proposals.”

Montanans for Healthy Rivers, a coalition of individuals, business owners, sportsmen, farmers, ranchers, agency officials, land trusts and conservation groups, commissioned the poll of Montana voters that was conducted Feb. 20-23.

The results, Bosse said, “cut across party, gender and age lines” to show that:

  • More than four in five voters classify rivers as “very important” to Montana’s economy and way of life.
  • Almost 90 percent would like to see the number of protected rivers in Montana maintained or increased.
  •  Two-thirds would look more favorably on political candidates who support new river protections.
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February 18, 2014

FM3 Poll: Latino Voters Back Protection of Environment

From a February 13 article on Fox News Latino:

Hispanic voters in the Rocky Mountain states continue to exercise an important influence on local politics, particularly regarding the protection of the environment on the regional and community level, according to a poll released Thursday by Colorado College.

Eleven years ago, as part of its State of the Rockies Project, the college began surveying attitudes toward the environment in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

The 2014 edition of the Conservation in the West Poll is based on telephone interviews in English and Spanish carried out last month with 2,400 registered voters, 14 percent of them Latinos.

Republican pollster Lori Weigel of Public Opinion Strategies and Democratic pollster Dave Metz of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates conducted the study.

Among Hispanics, 83 percent said that the budget should not be cut for federal agencies tasked with protecting the environment, such as the U.S. Forest Service of the Bureau of Land Management.

In addition, 64 percent of Latino voters said they prefer to vote for candidates who explicitly support the activities of those federal agencies.

Together, the six Rocky Mountain states are home to almost 4.5 million Hispanics.

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February 11, 2014

FM3 Poll: Majority of Americans Favor Ties With Cuba

From a February 10 article by Rick Gladstone in the New York Times:

After more than a half-century of official United States hostility toward Cuba punctuated by a comprehensive trade embargo, a majority of Americans — and an even greater majority of Floridians, home to this country’s largest Cuban-American population — now favor normalizing relations or engaging more directly with the Cuban government, according to a nonpartisan survey.

The results of the survey, commissioned by the Atlantic Council, a prominent Washington research institution, and released on Tuesday, were described by the group as an unprecedented reflection of shifting American attitudes toward Cuba that confound some long-held assumptions, particularly about Cuban-American antipathy toward the government of Raúl Castro.

The results also come against a backdrop of increasing sentiment in Florida and elsewhere that the American economic and political isolation of Cuba, one of the most enduring elements of United States foreign policy, not only has failed to satisfy its purpose of unseating the Castro government but may even be helping to perpetuate it.

“This survey shows that the majority of Americans on both sides of the aisle are ready for a policy shift,” Peter Schechter and Jason Marczak, the top two executives at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center of the Atlantic Council, wrote in an introduction to the survey.

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December 6, 2013

FM3 Poll: Many California Parents Unaware of New School Funding Law

From a December 5 article by Theresa Harrington in the Contra Costa Times:

A survey of 1,003 California parents shows more than half know nothing about a new funding formula being implemented in schools that provides more money for disadvantaged students.

However, the poll, conducted for EdSource, found that 76 percent of parents supported the goals of the funding plan when given an explanation of it over the phone, and about 72 percent would be willing to spend more time helping to guide school funding decisions.

Funded by the California Endowment, the survey was conducted Nov. 5-12 by polling firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates. The results released Thursday come as the state Board of Education is considering guidelines for spending the money and a template for district plans, which are required to include parent input.

Complete survey results are here.

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December 3, 2013

FM3 Poll: Gas Drillers Should Minimize Impact on Nature

From a December 1 article by Don Hopey in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Results of a poll by The Nature Conservancy in the six-state Marcellus Shale gas region of the Appalachians indicate strong support for better regional planning to minimize impacts on forest and water resources, as well as tougher environmental safeguards.

The poll, scheduled for release at noon today, also shows that a majority of those polled — 54 percent — say conservation of natural habitats and water resources should be a higher priority than shale gas development, even if that would produce higher energy costs. Forty-two percent of those polled say creation of new natural gas industry jobs should be a higher priority.

“Clearly people value forests and rivers and natural habitats, and they don’t want to see natural gas development come at the expense of those areas,” said Nels Johnson, the oil and gas lead for the conservancy’s North America Energy Program.

Asked about government actions to regulate shale gas development, overwhelming majorities said they support requiring drilling companies to: avoid damaging forests and streams important for hunting, fishing and hiking (93 percent); follow regional plans for location of wells and pipelines to minimize wildlife habitat impacts (93 percent); mitigate adverse impacts to forests and water quality (92 percent); and base well locations on sound science (91 percent).

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September 17, 2013

FM3 Poll: Majorities Oppose Coal Shipments

From a September 16 article by John Stark in the Bellingham Herald:

The Power Past Coal group has unveiled a new poll of 1,200 likely voters (600 in Washington, 600 in Oregon) showing a majority in both states are opposed to plans to ship coal by rail to new marine export terminals.

Read the poll results here.

The poll was conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates.

Earlier polls tended to show that supporters of coal export terminals, including the Gateway Pacific Terminal that SSA Marine wants to build in Whatcom County, outnumbered opponents. Power Past Coal spokespersons contend that the new poll shows opposition is growing.

For our earlier report on past polls, click here. In that earlier report, I noted that the wording of key questions may play a significant role in determining responses, especially among respondents who have not followed the issue closely. Here is the key question asked in the newest poll:

“Coal companies propose to ship millions of tons of coal per year through Washington along the Columbia River and through Puget Sound on trains and tankers to Asia, where the coal would be burned in coal-fired power plants. The coal trains would have uncovered rail cars. Would you support or oppose transporting coal through Washington to export to Asia?”

(Oregon was substituted for Washington as appropriate, according to pollsters.)

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