The Hicks Evaluation Group
January 31, 2014 Fredrick Hicks
Poll: Metro Atlanta Voters Blame Everyone, Still Reject Penny Tax
“Snowpocalypse” Fails to Shift Voter Opinion on Paying for Regional Plans
Two days after the Atlanta Metro region was crippled by Winter Storm Leon, voters blamed elected officials and government organizations for the two day, multi-county traffic jam. Although nearly 50 percent report not being impacted directly by the storm, voters were clear in who they consider to be responsible, yet remain staunchly opposed to paying a penny for regional transportation plans.
surprised that this calamity of this magnitude did not appear to lessen voter opposition to a
penny sales tax for regional transportation solutions,”
lster Fred Hicks. “
More than half of the respondents said they were directly impacted. If an event this dramatic does not move voter attitudes, I cannot imagine what will.
When asked who they blamed for the incident, more than half of the respondents cited Governor Deal, Mayor Reed, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the schools. The individual bearing the most blame, however, was Governor Deal. Nearly 5 times the voters blame Deal than Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
Hicks said, “Voters recognize that there is a systemic problem, not an individual problem. Contrary
to one of the narratives floating nationally, metro voters do not overwhelmingly view this as failure
of either individual. That’s great news for Governor Deal and Mayor Reed.
The bad news is that a majority of voters are not yet willing to pay out of their pockets to fix it.
The survey consisted of registered voters across the ten metro Atlanta counties that voted as the Atlanta region in the 2012 T-SPLOST referendum. Among the key findings are: Self-Identified Political Affiliation
21.5% Traditional Republican
19.7% Liberal Democrat
18.1% Conservative Democrat
11.4% Tea Party
2.9% Libertarian Who to Blame
50% blame everyone
15% blame Governor Deal
3.5% blame Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed