Leon County Health Tax Poll Results

LEON COUNTY VOTER POLL RESULTS:

400 registered Leon County voters interviewed on July 31, 2006 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. All indicated they were likely to vote in the November 2006 general election. The margin for error is plus or minus 5%.

QUESTION: Are you aware that Leon County officials are asking voters in November to approve a half-cent sales tax to provide health care coverage for the uninsured in the community?

YES: 86%
NO: 14%

QUESTION: If the election were held today, would you be inclined to vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” this half-cent increase in the local sales tax?

“FOR” : 34%
“AGAINST”: 49%
UNDECIDED: 17%

QUESTION: Do you believe that access to quality health care is something that should or should not be available to all residents of Leon County?

SHOULD: 87%
SHOULD NOT: 9%
NOT SURE: 4%

QUESTION: Are you aware that, if approved, the local sales tax increase would be imposed for 15 years?

YES: 38%
NO: 62%

QUESTION: If voters approve the tax, Leon County will have the highest sales tax among all of Florida’s 67 counties – 8 per cent, or eight cents of sales tax for every dollar consumers spend. Do you think having the highest sales tax in the state is good for the community, or not?

YES: 14%
NO: 65%
NO DIFFERENCE/DK: 21%

QUESTION: Do you believe that people who might qualify for such taxpayer-funded health coverage should pay nothing for it, or should they pay a portion of the cost of their care?

NOTHING: 7%
SHARE: 80%
NOT SURE : 13%

QUESTION: Do you believe Leon County residents with health insurance should or should not be able to drop their coverage and replace it with a taxpayer-financed program for the uninsured?

SHOULD: 17%
SHOULD NOT: 61%
NOT SURE: 22%

QUESTION: Leon County officials might decide to spend up to $150,000 of your tax dollars to conduct a public relations campaign about the November vote on the proposed sales tax increase. Do you think that is an appropriate use of public tax dollars, or not?

YES: 16%
NO: 73%
NOT SURE: 11%

QUESTION: County officials say the administrative costs for this taxpayer-funded health plan will be nearly $3 million per year. Do you support or oppose a plan with that level of administrative costs?

SUPPORT: 15%
OPPOSE: 65%
UNDECIDED: 20%

QUESTION: If the Bond and Lincoln Neighborhood Clinics are designated as the primary caregivers and would receive most of the tax monies, would that make you more likely to support the sales tax increase, less likely to support it, or does that have no effect on your vote?

MORE LIKELY: 13%
LESS LIKELY: 17%
NO EFFECT: 67%
NOT SURE: 3%

QUESTION: If no special consideration is given to the Bond and Lincoln clinics, and all providers are paid instead based on their amount of patient service, would that make you more likely to support the sales tax increase, less likely to support it, or does that have no effect on your vote?

MORE LIKELY: 20%
LESS LIKELY: 12%
NO EFFECT: 65%
NOT SURE: 3%

QUESTION: A significant number of medical professionals and business leaders in Leon County are concerned about the lack of specific details regarding how the tax money would be used – and what they call a lack of accountability. Does that make you more likely to support the sales tax increase, less likely to support it, or does that have no effect on your vote?

MORE LIKELY: 1%
LESS LIKELY: 54%
NO EFFECT: 41%
NOT SURE: 4%

QUESTION: If it had widespread support among the community’s top health care and business leaders, would that make you more likely to support the sales tax increase, less likely to support it, or does that have no effect on your vote?

MORE LIKELY: 34%
LESS LIKELY: 7%
NO EFFECT: 56%
NOT SURE: 3%

QUESTION: Now that I have provided you with some additional information, I would like to ask you again -- If the election were held today, would you be inclined to vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” this half-cent increase in the local sales tax?

“FOR” : 31%
“AGAINST”: 55%
UNDECIDED: 14%

SAMPLE DEMOGRAPHICS:

PARTY REGISTRATION:
Democrat 234 (59%)
Republican 117 (29%)
Independent/Other 49 (12%)

AGE:
18-34 79 (20%)
35-49 121 (30%)
50-64 109 (27%)
65+ 88 (22%)
Refused 3 (1%)

RACE/ETHNICITY:
White/Caucasian 283 (71%)
Black/African American 99 (25%)
Hispanic or Cuban 9 (2%)
Other/Refused 9 (2%)

SEX:
Male 194 (49%)
Female 206 (51%)

COMMISSION DISTRICT:

District 1 75 (19%)
District 2 79 (20%)
District 3 82 (20%)
District 4 81 (20%)
District 5 83 (21%)


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