Strib polls show voters like Dayton’s tax plan — and Dayton

A Minnesota Poll published in the Star Tribune today indicates a majority of Minnesotans prefer DFLer Mark Dayton’s budget fixing plan — higher taxes on top earners — over the plans of the other two candidates for governor.

More than 60 percent of those polled said they’d prefer “increasing taxes for Minnesota highest income earners to help reduce the state budget deficit.”

On another question, 42 percent said they prefer a plan that reduces state services but avoids tax increases. That’s the basic plan promoted by GOP candidate Tom Emmer.

About 42 percent said they favor extending the sales tax on clothing and some services, like haircuts. That’s part of the plan proposed by Independence Party candidate Tom Horner.

The poll interviewed 949 likely voters between Sept. 20 and 23. They say there’s a margin of sampling error of =/- 4.1 percentage points.

On Sunday, the Strib reported results of the governor’s race preference from the same polling data:

With five weeks left, the poll showed Dayton with 39 percent; Emmer with 30 percent and Horner with 18 percent. The Dayton/Emmer percentages are nearly the same as the results from a July Minnesota poll, but Horner was up from 13 percent in July.

The poll indicated 12 percent still don’t know how they’ll vote.

And the poll asked respondents how they’d vote in a two-candidate race between Dayton and Emmer: without Horner in the race, the results were Dayton — 49 percent; Emmer — 38 percent; Undecided/other — 13 percent.

Also, when asked if they have a favorable or unfavorable impression of each candidate, the results were:

  • Dayton — Favorable, 51 percent; Unfavorable, 38 percent
  • Emmer — Favorable, 40 percent; Unfavorable, 41 percent
  • Horner — Favorable, 38 percent; Unfavorable, 28 percent.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Ginny Martin on 09/27/2010 - 12:17 pm.

    It looks like Minnesotans are finally wising up after 8 years of failing government under Pawlenty. Failing because he has made decisions that are making state government unworkable and the lives of the most vulnerable even more difficult.
    My belief is that Minnesotans’ aren’t saying “tax the other guy” as much as saying “tax the most well off, tax the guy who can afford it.” And that they think it’s about time to get the well off to pay their fair share–which they do not do now.

  2. Submitted by Lance Groth on 09/27/2010 - 12:47 pm.

    I agree with Ginny. Another way to say it is that, despite the extreme political polarization of these times, a majority of Minnesotans are still sensibly moderate. I find that to be reassuring.

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 09/27/2010 - 01:13 pm.

    “My belief is that Minnesotans’ aren’t saying “tax the other guy”….”

    That’s no surprise.

    Self-serving belief systems aside, however, my own un-scientific research proved conclusively, that when offered the opportunity, “happy to pay” leftists refused to voluntarily increase their “happiness” 100% of the time.

    Therefore, a more accurate description would be “happy for *them* to pay”.

  4. Submitted by Lance Groth on 09/27/2010 - 01:46 pm.

    Mr. Swift said:

    “Therefore, a more accurate description would be “happy for *them* to pay”.”

    That statement is correct, when applied to wealthy repubs. In Minnesota, the middle class pays 3% more in taxes than the wealthy. Obviously, it’s the repubs that are “happy for *them* to pay.” This is not a matter of opinion, it is a well documented fleecing of the middle class by the wealthy.

    As a member of the middle class, I for one am getting damned tired of carrying a heavier share of the burden than those of greater means. Aren’t repubs interested in fairness? I guess not.

    Of course, we were promised it would be a good deal for everyone, because the wealthy would use it to create jobs. Where are the jobs, Mr. Swift? As far as I can tell, the tax cuts for the wealthy have created zero jobs, and were used merely to line pockets.

    It’s time for those with the money to step up and help support the system that allowed them to accumulate their wealth. Simple fairness is all I ask for. Placing the greater share of the burden on those of lesser means is anything but fair.

  5. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 09/27/2010 - 03:38 pm.

    As I recall, the “opportunity” for more wealthy Minnesotans to voluntarily pay more would consist of them sending checks to the State.

    This is not a solution. The solution is fair taxation, with the state exercising its right and duty to collect sufficient revenues to maintain infrastructure, education, health care, public services of every kind (including record keeping), and all the other things that used to give us a business-friendly AND worker friendly AND child friendly AND poor people friendly state.

  6. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 09/27/2010 - 08:16 pm.

    A vast majority of Minnesotans voted for the Minnesota Sales Tax Increase Amendment in 2008.
    It would appear that they will vote for another tax increase this year as well. Pretty much the same as a “voluntarily increase” wouldn’t you say Tom?

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