Raleigh, N.C. – The Civitas Institute’s June 2008 DescisionMaker poll reveals a majority of North Carolinians are more likely to vote for a candidate this fall who supports a TABOR (Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights).
When asked about the level of support for a candidate who pledges to champion legislation on state government spending limits, such as the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, 60 percent of respondents are more likely to support a candidate who favors spending limits, while 17 percent are less likely to support a candidate in favor of limits. Of the 600 voters polled, 17 percent remained not sure.
“It’s obvious TABOR continues to draw broad support across the political spectrum and it’s a solid policy that would help reign in run-away government spending and force a focus on priorities when making spending decisions,” noted Executive Director, Francis DeLuca of the Civitas Institute.
A further examination of those polled shows 53 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of Republicans respondents were in favor of a measure such as TABOR.
The proposed Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights for North Carolina would limit state government budget increases to population growth plus inflation.
The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, if passed as an amendment to the North Carolina State Constitution, would have limited the state budget to an increase of 10.6 percent from July 2006- July 2008 instead of the projected 13.2 percent growth, saving tax payers approximately $555,100,000.
“Legislators all loathe to impose fiscal discipline on themselves, TABOR would allow voters to do it for them,” concluded DeLuca.
Over 900 citizens from around the state will convene in Raleigh, N.C. for the Take Back Our State rally on Wednesday, June 26 to show their support for TABOR.
The study of 600 registered voters was conducted June 11-13 by Tel Opinion Research of Alexandria, Virginia. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, respondents interviewed voted in either the 2002, 2004 or 2006 general election or were newly registered voters since 2006. The voters were interviewed using live callers.
The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95% of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +- 4% of the “True Values.” “True Values” refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in either the 2002, 2004 or 2006 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2006.
QUESTION 31. A TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS WOULD LIMIT THE GROWTH OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING TO INFLATION PLUS POPULATION GROWTH. IN 2007 THAT WOULD HAVE LIMITED THE GROWTH IN THE STATE BUDGET TO ABOUT 5%. WOULD YOU BE MORE OR LESS LIKELY TO VOTE FOR A CANDIDATE WHO PLEDGES TO SUPPORT SPENDING LIMITS SUCH AS A TAXPAYERS BILL OF RIGHTS?
1. MORE 362 60
2. LESS 103 17
3. NO DIFFERENCE 35 6
— NOT SURE 100 17