The Senate's probable pay raise of $23,200, to bring the level up to that of the House of Representatives, is disapproved by more than 85 percent of callers to SUNDIAL, or 815 out of 954 respondents. One hundred thirty-nine callers, more than 14 percent, approved the pay raise the senators voted for themselves.
A lesser but still substantial number of callers also disapproved a Senate pay raise of some indeterminate amount in exchange for a ban on fees for outside speaking engagements. Of 949 callers, 665 (70 percent) were against a pay raise for senators even if honoraria are banned, while 284 callers (almost 30 percent) would favor some sort of pay raise that would ban honoraria.
"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.