Okay, Mr. G at PEER Review took issue with my trusting of a Quinnipiac poll. And I know from my political science classes that one poll can be an aberration, even with sound sampling techniques and propert survey structure.
A quarter of those polled called taxes the biggest issue now facing Florida, topping a list of 12 topics. Insurance costs, crime and affordable housing ranked next on the list, while education – the perennial leader – ranked fifth.
While 19.3 percent strongly supported substituting property taxes with a 2.5-cent increase in the sales tax, 18.8 percent were strongly opposed.
Overall, about 38 percent expressed some support to get rid of property taxes, while 35.3 percent had some opposition. The rest of those polled offered no opinion on the proposal.
Another conundrum the poll results showed: While a majority – 61 percent – would be happy saving between $2,000 and $7,000 from the elimination of property taxes, nearly 69 percent would be less likely to support it if the shift to a higher sales tax hurts the poor.
Hard to think with such a divide that there could be any ability to meet the 60% threshhold, let alone the 67% threshhold that might be required to pass the plan.