BOISE -- A new survey performed by Boise State University revealed that Idahoans view education, jobs and wages as some of the most pressing issues facing the state.

The results of the Boise State School of Public Service's third-annual public policy survey were released Thursday at the Idaho Capitol. The survey, which queries 1,000 adults around Idaho, is designed to provide insight into the how residents feel about big issues facing the state.

BSU School of Public Service Dean Corey Cook said the survey provides an important look into Idahoans' concerns and priorities.

"We do it because we think it is valuable information taken in an objective and rigorous way," Cook said. "We think it can help inform the public on what everyone thinks, kind of holding up a mirror. We hope it is useful to the Legislature and the governor."

The survey found that Idahoans' optimism about the state's economic future continue to grow, even as concerns about health care and taxes are on the rise.

One-half of those surveyed would support lowering state taxes, even after learning that lower state taxes would result in few resources to pay for government services. In addition, the majority of respondents say their own health insurance rates have gone up, and many support "an Idaho solution regarding affordable insurance plans," the survey concludes.

In total, 57.5 percent of those surveyed say Idaho is headed in the right direction, while 30.8 percent disagree and 11.7 percent are not sure.

Click here to read the entire survey.