The Capital Survey Research Center conducted a statewide survey of Alabama voters that dealt with important issues affecting Alabama citizens back in March. The survey was designed to determine how voters feel on a range of state tax issues and proposals that would be considered by the Alabama Legislature. Now that the current session is heading into the home stretch, it will be interesting to compare actual legislative results with the poll results. The following are some of the findings from this survey:
These positions on core Alabama tax system values would appear to provide a foundation of voter support for tax reform designed to make Alabama taxes fairer. However, according to the survey results, voter linkage of values to specific proposals is much less clear. For example, voters overwhelmingly support:
As expected, everything learned from the survey wasn’t positive. However, some of the findings were somewhat of a surprise. The following issues are opposed by Alabama voters:
The survey also dealt with a number of non-tax issues that directly affect Alabama citizens. The following is a summary of public support for other legislative proposals. According to the survey, voters support:
The support of each of these non-tax proposals was extremely strong. It’s quite evident that Alabama citizens are strongly in favor of each proposal. On the other hand, the survey tells us that Alabama voters oppose the following which are money-related:
Dr. Gerald Johnson, an extremely well-respected pollster, supplied this information. Over the years, I have found Dr. Johnson to be quite accurate in his polling of issues affecting Alabama citizens. It will be interesting to see how the future actions by members of the Legislature during the balance of the current session mirror the findings of this survey.
Source: Capital Survey Research Center
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