Monday, March 15, 2010

Early Poll: Voters Support Sales Tax Measure

Posted By on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 4:30 PM

A poll released by supporters of the one-cent sales-tax proposal before Arizona voters shows a majority support it:

With the May 18th election just 64 days away, nearly 6 in 10 likely special election voters say they will vote yes on Proposition 100, a three-year, one-cent increase to Arizona’s sales tax meant to protect education, public safety and health care.

A telephone survey of 506 likely voters, conducted in late February by veteran polling group Moore Information, used the exact ballot language voters will encounter

in the upcoming election:

A ‘yes’ vote shall have the effect of temporarily increasing the state transaction privilege sales and use tax by one cent per dollar for three years to fund primary and secondary education, health and human services and public safety.

A ‘no’ vote shall have the effect of keeping the state transaction privilege sales and use taxes at their current levels.”

More than 39 percent of those surveyed reported they would “definitely vote yes” on Proposition 100, while more than 19 percent described themselves as “likely to vote yes.” By contrast, 28 percent described themselves as “definite” no voters, with another 7 percent calling themselves “likely to vote no.”

Only 7 percent of likely voters described themselves as undecided.

“We feel good about these results — good and determined to keep explaining to Arizona’s voters why we need Proposition 100,” said Pat Quinn, co-chairman of YES ON 100, the non-partisan coalition supporting the ballot measure. “People responded well to the language on the ballot, but we need to keep driving home how much this temporary infusion of revenue will mean to schools, neighborhoods and Arizonans in need. Make no mistake, we’re in a battle here, one our state needs to win. We need to fight for every last vote to make sure that happens.”

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