It turns out those political TV ads we all love to hate may have utility after all. In our most recent 1Q community survey, 48 percent of the respondents found mailers and other political ads to be useful as they made up their minds on how to vote in the special election in 6th Congressional District.

Thirty percent of the respondents to the cellphone survey said the ads were useless, but 16 percent found them “very useful” and 33 percent said they were “somewhat useful.”

The rest of the 147 residents of Sandy Springs, Dunwoody or Brookhaven – the portions of the 6th District within Reporter Newspapers’ circulation area – who responded said they didn’t see or hear any ads or mailers, or didn’t vote.

When asked what more they wanted to hear from the two remaining candidates during the run-up to the runoff, respondents mentioned just about every hot-button issue, from healthcare to taxes to jobs, and from partisan bickering in Congress to dealing with the president.

“I would like to see them focus more on the pertinent issues effecting Georgians, like job opportunities, economic development and education, instead of solely focusing on their political parties,” a 27-year-old Sandy Springs woman commented. “I would also like to see them address the recent infrastructure issues in Atlanta.”

A 44-year-old Brookhaven woman called for more discussion about “infrastructure, social issues, getting rid of the ridiculousness in Washington” while a 36-year-old Dunwoody woman wanted the candidates to reveal “how they’re going to keep [President] Trump in check.”

Others wanted to hear more about less mainstream issues. A 28-year-old Dunwoody man wanted more discussion about the “legalization of marijuana.” A 33-year-old Sandy Springs woman called for “less trash talk and more talk about issues.” And 26-year-old Brookhaven man wanted to hear more on “the vegetarian issue.”

Respondents said they wanted to hear details from the candidates on what they will try to accomplish if elected. A 63-year-old Sandy Springs woman, for instance, said she wanted to know “what they specifically are going to do. If they bash each other, I WILL NOT VOTE!”

Here’s what some other respondents want to hear from the remaining candidates:

“More about how they might handle or aid [President] Trump in his new deals.” – a 21-year-old Brookhaven man.

“What changes do you want to see in healthcare? ‘Repeal’ is not an answer!” – a 59-year-old Sandy Springs man.

“They are only going to say what their parties want them to say, so it doesn’t matter [what] their actual views [are].” – a 46-year-old Sandy Springs man.

“Less liberal propaganda.” – a 31-year-old Brookhaven woman.

“They need to talk about issues that affect daily life. Health insurance, taxes and jobs, right now.” – a 36-year-old Brookhaven woman.

Editor’s Note: 1Q is an Atlanta-based startup that has developed a technology which sends questions and surveys to a cellphone via app or text message from businesses and organizations across the country. Respondents are paid 50 cents per answer, through PayPal, for sharing their opinions. Payments may also be donated directly to charity. Sign up to be included in our local community polls at or by texting REPORTER to 86312.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.