Many issues which were important to Dutchess County residents in 2007 remain priorities for them now. However, creating more jobs and keeping businesses in the area are now residents’ leading concerns. The increased importance on job creation is the most notable change in the county. The issue’s average rating has increased by half a point, and its rating has catapulted from fifth place in 2007 and 2002 to the number one spot.
Although making health care more affordable is no longer the county’s top priority, it is still important, placing in residents’ top five concerns. Dutchess County residents also emphasize improving the quality of public education, the accessibility of health care, services available to senior citizens, tax reduction, and community safety.