Georgians oppose transportation tax

A new poll by Insider Advantage indicates that a plurality of voters oppose a new tax for transportation:

We asked, “Do you favor or oppose an amendment that would allow regions of the state to hold votes in those regions to increase the sales tax in those areas for transportation needs?
Favor (38%)Oppose (48%)No opinion (14%)

The poll was conducted March 18 by InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion. It sampled 407 Georgia voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5%. The data have been weighted for age, race, gender and partisan affiliation.

It can’t be counted as much of a shock that sentiment about transportation tax votes across the state fall roughly along party lines. Democratic respondents favor such votes 48% to 40%, and Republicans oppose them 53% to 31%. Worst for proponents of new transportation infrastructure funding, independent voters oppose these referenda by 53% to 30%.

I wonder if State Rep. Vance Smith (R-Tax Mountain) paying attention.

[UPDATE] Mark Rountree shows similar data through a recent poll done by Landmark Communications.

12 comments

  1. Dave Bearse says:

    How does support fare metro Atlanta versus outstate?

    I could support the measure assuming it has been stripped of the clause allocating 10% of a “local” tax to the state (which I understand it has).

    Majority party Washington Republicans borrow and spend actions have established that fiscal conservatism was a minority party campaign tactic, not a principle.

    It’s becoming increasingly clear that majority party Georgia Republicans likewise are now demonstrating that local control isn’t a governing principle, only the blathering when in the minority.

  2. AubieTurtle says:

    Georgians are against gas taxes to pay for roads. They’re against sales taxes to pay for roads. They’re against tolls to pay for roads. But they have a limitless appetite for more roads. The only way to do it is either issue massive amounts of new bonds so that future generations will have to pay for today’s infrastructure or fool the public by swishing money around from different sources until the source isn’t recognizable. Then the blame for the taxes can be placed safely on crack whores, university research, or other things the public hates.

    Anyone who looks at transportation funding more than surface deep in this state knows that a) it’s all screwed up, b) the public has no clue how expensive roads really are and c) we’ve hit a wall on funding.

  3. Chris says:

    G%$damn crack whores clogging up the interstates!

    Actually, I think the General Assembly should stop wasting money on crap like a golf hall of fame, and bleeping boat ramps on lakes with no water.

    Then we could actually _fund_ transportation without raising taxes. OR if taxes had to be raised, then we’d at least know the money is going to something useful, instead of masturbating the egos of the appropriations committee.

  4. Dave Bearse says:

    I didn’t mention it in my initial comment, but the Georgia has adopted Washington’s borrow and spend platform to fund state transportation. The GOP majority has escalated Georgia’s use of bonds to fund transportation, and the fraction of the transportation budget devoted to bond repayment is likewise increasing.

    State bonds pledge future federal transportation funds. Federal transportation funding is now stagnant, so without a federal transporation funding increase, massive new state transportation bonds are out of the question for fiscal conservatives.

    Redirecting all $50-$100M or so of what is commonly referred to as Georgia pork to transporation is a cup’s worth in a bucket.

    One percent of the state’s current 4% motor fuel tax goes to the general fund. Dedicating that 1% to fund transportation would increases funding without increasing taxes.

  5. Harry says:

    I can easily show them $2 billion in the state budget that can be redirected to road improvements and tax reduction.

  6. We at Landmark Communications just polled this same issue.

    We found 40% support to 49% opposition, very similar to the Insider Advantage poll.

    In answer to Dave’s question about Atlanta vs. Outside Atlanta: if you take the Atlanta region as defined by the ARC, then the answers are:

    Inside Metro Atlanta area: 42% support vs. 50% opposed

    OUTSIDE Metro Atlanta area: 38% support vs. 49% opposed.

    It’s 8 point difference within metro Atlanta, and an 11% difference outside.

    The poll sample was of 750.

  7. By the way, it’s time for someone around here to say it: Insider Advantage is due credit for the truly accurate predictions they’ve been making recently.

    IA correctly gauged virtually every single presidential preference primary in the country correctly, including Iowa, Georgia and Clinton’s win in Texas.

    Yes, they have been wrong on some things in past years, no question. They suffered some ridicule for the Reed vs. Cagle primary election in ’06. But they are now likewise due recognition for making good calls in 2008.

    Kudos to them.

  8. Dave Bearse says:

    Thanks for the inf0 Mark! I’m surprised at findings concerning metro Atlanta. I’d of figured metro Atlanta at least least 52-42 in favor. Did your poll question clearly indicate the question at hand was support or opposition to merely the local choice by referendum to enact a local tax for a fixed period?

    The poll results lead me to believe participants may have thought the question concerned support or opposition of such a tax in their locality (which given public understanding in Georgia is not out of the question even if the question was properly worded).

    If indeed the question was about local choice to enact such tax (and understood as such), it’s clear that many of those that support local choice with respect to Sunday alcohol sales lack standing to argue support of that legislation on local control grounds.

  9. Ms_midtown says:

    Bottom line, most Georgians do not trust the legislature and DOT with the current transportation funding. Most of the 750 are likely unaware of recent changes at DOT.
    So you have 50% of the electorate willing and eager, to listen and consider their vote based upon new traffic-DOT soultions, ideas, proposals.

    Thanks for sharing the data Mr. Rountree

  10. Had Enough says:

    I’m so tired of these self promoting, hot air blowing windbags.

    “we over here at blah, blah” or “our polling shows blah, blah”

    They’re no good at what they do. They’re constantly scamming good candidates. But jump in front of any camera they can talking about how important they are.

    And then it gets really fun when they start congratulating each other on how smart and wonderful they are.

    what a bunch of losers.

  11. Truthteller says:

    It sounds like Had Enough might need to be on a different blog. Maybe you should try DaysOfOurLives.com or some other soap opera site.

    This one is for people to post predictions, make commentary, and go out on a limb.

    I really like how Had Enough took the time to read posts and then take time to go register the name Had Enough and then go post on something. It sounds like someone just likes complaining.

    Please, more numbers and predictions, everyone.

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