Beacon released preliminary results yesterday and released the full poll earlier today which they say proves that, even when presented with the Mayor's talking points, voters oppose the plan. Just a few thoughts on the findings.
- "Likely voters" - The polling firm excluded anyone who said they will "probably" or "definitely" won't vote in the next countwide election. If by the next "countywide" election, people thought you to mean the school board and primary races, that excludes quite a lot of people who aren't habitual voters.
- "13% tax increase" - This, in and of itself, is a biased description in that its a 53 cent property tax increase. The first question uses this designation, and its reiterated again in the poll. Perhaps the results would've been the same, but we'll never know, and I'd imagine that people are more willing to pay an extra "53 cents" as opposed to a 13% tax hike.
- "The Mayor's Talking Points..."
Hell, if that were an option, I'd take it too. But what TCPR/Beacon fails to mention in the poll, is that their version of "cutting unecessary waste" involves eliminating all funding for public transportation, shuttering Metro General, and ignoring needed improvements in schools and other parts of the city.
If they were truly trying to find out which idea was more popular, they'd have asked the question that way...but that wasn't their goal, they wanted numbers that scared councilmembers and reaffirmed their own worldview, and hey, you pay any polling firm enough, they'll get you these numbers.