Everyone knows that tax increases are bad. But in a majority of voters’ minds in Georgia, it seems that ignoring roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure is worse -according to a poll out today.
Wilson Perkins Allen surveyed 603 likely Georgia voters using live callers. Respondents were screened to ensure that they were neither a member of the news media nor a public relations company. “WPA selected a random sample of registered voters from the Georgia voter file using Registration Based Sampling (RBS). The sample for this survey was stratified based on gender, age, ethnicity, and geography. This methodology allows us to minimize post-survey “weighting” which can reduce the reliability of survey results.”
Some of the more interesting results include:
- 98% of Georgians believe transportation infrastructure is important for job growth and economic development, and 66% believe it’s an essential government service.
- A majority (58%) support reworking the State’s gas tax formula.
- A majority (57%) would also be willing to pay “a little bit more” in gas taxes if the money was used for roads and transportation infrastructure.
But arguably the most important finding was in just one question:
“If you knew that your state legislator voted to increase taxes by one cent that can only be used to improve our transportation system, would you be more likely or less likely to re-elect him or her?”
53% were more likely to re-elect their state legislator, 28% were less likely. That’s an interesting result. It’s even more interesting that GTA felt they had to get their pollster to ask it.
Download a copy of the memo at this link.