Breaking News Alert: The Greenlight Pinellas supporters have put out numerous invalid polls claiming that people support rail. Well, not so much. The second independent, non-biased poll of registered voters this year shows that registered voters are overwhelmingly rejecting the Greenlight 300% tax revenue hike. The poll of 847 registered voters conducted by SaintPetersBlog.com last night, showed that only 29% would vote yes, 48% would vote no and 23% are unsure. When asked if removing rail and lowering the tax hike would change their minds the answer was “yes”! MORE people would reject the plan (52:23 with 26% unsure). Interestingly, the main reason for switching to the “no” column without rail in the plan was that Democrat voters (the largest support group for Greenlight) made it clear that they want rail and a higher tax (flip-flopping from 44:35 to 25:50).
In other words, for the Greenlight Advocates (mostly big government supporters), this is really all about exorbitantly raising taxes and building a 24 mile, low-speed train from St. Pete to Clearwater. However, opposition is still bipartisan with Republicans opposing the theoretical scaled down Greenlight Plan 53:23. Independent voters also rejected the Greenlight Plan overwhelmingly, and they represent a very large voting block in Pinellas County.
Not surprisingly the results are similar to what informed voters said last January. In fact, more people are rejecting the plan now than in January. The Sun Beam Times conducted a poll asking “Do you support raising sales taxes to build a commuter train from St. Petersburg to Clearwater?” The results: Yes: 38.7% No: 45.3% Not sure: 16.1% . When voters were then informed during the poll that the tax hike would create the highest sales tax in the state, 61% were opposed. So the percent supporting the Greenlight tax hike has decreased by a quarter from 39% opposed to 29% opposed since January.