Just how bad is it to be Governor Perdue right now? Check out this case in point:
Support for taxing services drops by 24 percentage points when it is presented as a plan by “Gov. Perdue” rather than a plan by the “state legislature.”
In our May poll, we asked if voters approved of a plan by the state legislature that would reduce the sales tax rate while expanding the number of things taxed to include services like auto repair and home repair. 37 percent supported the plan.
When we asked a similar question in our July poll, but this time saying it was a Perdue plan to charge sales taxes on services, the support dropped to just 13 percent.
Now there are two viable explanations for this. First, is than in just two months time the support for a service tax has eroded completely due to the publicity it has received in the media. Or second, just by attaching Perdue’s name to the plan, any support it had (which was not much to begin with) goes away very quickly.
I tend to believe its more the latter than the former.