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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Poll: T-SPLOST faces uphill battle

How will you vote?

Supporters of the regional transportation tax that voters will decide on July 31 have a lot of convincing to do, according to a new poll by Insider Advantage.

The survey of 539 people found that 47 percent of respondents would vote against the sales tax measure if the referendum were held today. Thirty-two percent are in favor of the tax and 21 percent remain undecided. The poll has a 4 percent margin of error. (Download a PDF of the poll's crosstabs.)

A telling statistic: Roughly 61 percent of Republicans - a tax-adverse group that's likely to head to the polls to decide several primary contests - said they'd vote against the T-SPLOST.

Helping the measure's chances, I'd assume, is the fact that several battles between Democrats for intown state House seats - and the congressional district that includes Atlanta - will be decided on July 31. Many Democrats, the thinking goes, are more likely to support the measure. We'll find out on Aug. 1 if that turnout was enough to combat tax-adverse conservatives and tea party members who are fighting the T-SPLOST.

Gov. Nathan Deal told reporters last night at a private fundraiser for the business community's group pushing the tax's passage that he's not discouraged by the poll's findings.

"It just tells me there's a lot of work to be done, that people need to be educated about the projects," he said.

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