Wednesday, May 9, 2007

We Love You. Your Budget... Not So Much.

The new Quinnipiac University Poll was released today, showing 62% of Connecticut voters like Governor Rell, but only 16% like her budget. The House Republican 'No Tax Increase' budget was the favored of the three budgets, earning support from 41% of voters polled.

The poll can be found here. So what does this mean? First, I think it clearly illustrates that Connecticut legislative Republicans are far more in tune with the people of Connecticut than their Democrat counterparts. The state is fatigued with over-taxation, and it is finally showing.

It also means that when that smarmy Senate Democrat hatchet-man Patrick Scully stands on a milk crate to rear his head on the topic, declaring the Democrat budget cuts taxes for 90% of state residents, they aren't buying the cheap rhetoric he is paid to vend. Connecticut residents know a tax increase when they see it, and as usual, Democrats are attempting to deliver one.

More fascinating data from the poll: 78% of state residents do not believe that the Governor's increase in state aid for education will mean lower property taxes. Also, 57% of voters say the state income tax is unfair.

Interestingly, 64% of voters support the Governor's effort to eliminate the local property tax on motor vehicles.

Despite having a pretty unpopular budget, and suffering constant attacks in the media over the actions of her chief-of-staff Lisa Moody, Governor Rell remains remarkably popular.

Democrats need to learn some critical lessons here in the waning days of the 2007 session - your super-majority isn't a license to run roughshod over the will of the voters. Enacting large tax increases in the face of his data means they do so at their own peril.


JCrab said...

Governor WAKE UP!

ConnecticutYankeeInFlorida said...

M Jodi Rell, you need to check moving vans, because those things are carryting personal items to LOW TAX STATES like Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. Governor Rell, Connecticut needs to have a leader to stand up for the middle class, and to create a pro-business state in the northeast.
I just hope citizens of Connticut will go in 2008 and reduce the TAX and Spend DEMS in Hartford. The Connecticut REPUBLICAN PARTY is not dead, but it needs to force the hands of the DEMS.
I just hope that the state GOP will get some strong candidates (non RINOS) for congress and if Dudd's seat is up -- for that seat.