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Support for Arizona education tax increase ballot measure sees drop in polling

Added 10-05-20 03:23:01pm EST - “Support for a ballot measure that would raise taxes on higher-earning Arizona residents and small businesses to better-fund public schools saw a drop in support in just a matter of days but the key might be how the question is being…” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Support for Arizona education tax increase ballot measure sees drop in polling”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Support for a ballot measure that would raise taxes on higher-earning Arizona residents and small businesses to better-fund public schools saw a drop in support in just a matter of days but the key might be how the question is being asked.

A Suffolk University/USA Today poll asked 500 likely voters from Sept. 26 to Sept. 30 about their support for Proposition 208, which respondents were told “would create a new 3.5% tax surcharge on individuals with income over $250,000 or married couples with income over $500,000 to increase funding for public education.”

This marks a significant decrease in support for the initiative compared to a Monmouth University Polling Institute survey collected from Sept. 11 to Sept. 15, which showed 66% supported the measure. Opposition polled at 25%.

They told Arizonans “another measure on the ballot would impose a 3.5% surcharge on income tax rates paid by single filers making over $250,000 and joint filers making over $500,000. The additional funds will be used to hire and increase salaries of teachers and other school personnel. Will you vote for or against this measure?”

“The decline demonstrates that support is plummeting for the largest tax increase in Arizona history,” said Scot Mussi, president of the nonprofit Arizona Free Enterprise Club, a nonprofit policy group that opposes the ballot initiative. “Support was always soft, but as people learn more about the measure, they’re coming out against it.”

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