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HEG Snow Survey Press Release Jan 31 2014 Final

HEG Snow Survey Press Release Jan 31 2014 Final

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The Hicks Evaluation Group
January 31, 2014 Fredrick Hicks
For Immediate Release fredrickhicks@hegllc.org 
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.
“I was
surprised that this calamity of this magnitude did not appear to lessen voter opposition to a
 penny sales tax for regional transportation solutions,”
said pol
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
26.3% Non-Partisan/Independent
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
 Penny Sales Tax
56.2% said no to paying a penny in sales tax, 25.6% Yes, 18.2% Undecided
Opposition is highest with self-identified Tea Party Republicans (74%)
Support is strongest amongst self-identified Liberal Democrats (42.3%)
 Note: Figures are rounded to the tenths place, thus the totals may not equal 100% due to rounding.
The survey was conducted on Thursday January 30, 2014 using IVR/automated dial technology. Registered voters were randomized and then dialed. 1,114 responses to the four question survey were received. 57.2% of respondents were women, 60% Caucasian, 30% African American, with the majority residing in the counties of Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett. The margin of error is 2.94% The survey and analysis was conducted by Fredrick Hicks, President of HEG. This survey was not commissioned by any individual or organization. A more detailed analysis of the polling results is attached and is also available for download at the HEG, LLC website, www.hegllc.org. Please direct all inquiries and questions to Fredrick Hicks at: fredrickhicks@hegllc.org ###
Survey Questions 1) In what way were you impacted by Tuesday's storm? a) I was in traffic for more than 2 hours  b) I was in traffic and my child had to spend the night at their school or was on a school bus for hours c) I was not in traffic, but my child was on a school bus for several hours/overnight d) I was not impacted in either way by the storm 2) Who do you blame most for the traffic problems experienced on Tuesday and Wednesday? There are six options. A) Governor Nathan Deal B) Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed C) The Georgia Department of Transportation D) The Georgia Emergency Management Agency E) The Schools F) All of the above. 3) Would you be willing to pay an additional penny in sales tax to fund a regional transportation  plan and projects? A) Yes B) No C) Undecided 4) How would you describe your political affiliation? There are 6 questions. A) Traditional-Non Tea Party Republican B) Tea Party Republican C) Conservative Democrat D) Liberal Democrat E) Libertarian F) Non Partisan/Independent

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