Survey reveals issues important to state citizens

By Peter Kent

South Carolinians identified education, the economy and health care as the most important issues facing our state in the fall survey conducted by Clemson’s Jim Self Center on the Future and the USC Institute for Public Service and Policy Research.

“Self Portrait: How Are We Doing in South Carolina?” is a twice-yearly telephone survey to promote awareness of the issues facing the state, said Donna London, director of the Jim Self Center. More than 820 citizens, age 18 and older, participated in the survey.

Approximately 56% were confident in the next generation’s ability to compete in the global economy. It is notable that people in the lower education and income levels and in the youngest age group (18-29) were the most optimistic. This information can help public officials and opinion leaders make informed decisions for state policies and community actions.

For more information: Donna London, 864-656-4700, or