Here is the good news and bad news on the transportation referendum. If the referendum were held today it is unlikely it would pass according to a recent Insight 20/20 poll of 600 likely voters in the 10-county metro Atlanta region. The poll revealed that if the referendum was held today 47% of the respondents would oppose it, 42% would support it, and 11% would be undecided. The good news is the referendum won’t be held until August 2012 giving the proponents and many elected officials time to craft a winning strategy.
Some people may think the dismal economic climate is to blame for the strong opposition to voters increasing their taxes, but a majority of voters surveyed supported increasing taxes to support education funding. Specifically, 53% of those surveyed stated they were in favor of increasing taxes for smaller classrooms and better teachers in their school systems, while only 42% were opposed. Moreover, 31% of those opposed and 56% of those undecided to the transportation tax are in favor of the education tax, which shows that voters will pay additional services that they value.