InsiderAdvantage says it has a poll, conducted last week, that says a statewide referendum on whether to levy a $10 car tag fee to fund a statewide trauma network — Amendment 2 on the Nov. 2 ballot — is headed for a thumping:
Forty-eight percent of all Georgians are against the proposed amendment. Only 26 percent support it, with the rest undecided. In virtually every demographic in the survey, the amendment is being crushed….
Among Republicans, 57 percent oppose. Among the critical independent swing vote, 47 percent oppose. And amazingly, even among Democrats, the measure trails 41 percent to 33 percent, with both African Americans and white voters against it.
Says Matt Towery, CEO of IA:
“The only way this amendment could pass – given the current political mindset of economic fear and opposition to paying even a dollar more for government – would be for those who are touting the amendment to completely recast their campaign by contrasting the current hidden embedded costs of Georgia’s lack of trauma centers with the comparative good deal of paying a simple $10-a-year fee.”
It makes one think that the state of that sales-tax-for-transportation referendum, though still two years away, might be a chancy thing – even in metro Atlanta.