Poll results

The following are results of straw polls taken Wednesday during the Conference of Alaskans:

Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2004

What would be your first, second and third choices of fiscal tools to fill the fiscal gap?

Items are listed in order of preference based on voters' scoring:

1. Income tax

2. Use of permanent fund earnings

3. Taxes on the oil industry

4. User fees and other tax increases

5. Spending reductions

6. Sales tax

If broad-based taxes are adopted, should the mechanism be:

Income tax 67 %

Sales 9 %

Both 11 %

I oppose broad-based taxes 13 %

Should the Permanent Fund dividend program be terminated?

Yes 6 %

No 94 %

Should the dividend be enshrined in the state Constitution?

Yes 23 %

Yes, if a portion of the permanent fund earnings is available to support state services 45 %

No 32 %

Is the state of Alaska's overall spending:

Too much 18%

About right 35%

Not enough 47%

Is the state of Alaska spending on education ($1,116 per capita):

Too much 2 %

About right 22 %

Not enough 76 %

Is the state of Alaska's spending on health and human services ($738 per capita):

Too much 11 %

About right 44 %

Not enough 44 %

Is the state of Alaska's spending on public protection ($434 per capita):

Too much 11 %

About right 33 %

Not enough 56 %

Is the state of Alaska's spending on the University of Alaska ($339 per capita):

Too much 15 %

About right 36 %

Not enough 49 %

Is the state of Alaska's spending on general government ($231 per capita):

Too much 19 %

About right 63 %

Not enough 19 %

Is the state of Alaska's spending on law and justice ($158 per capita):

Too much 7 %

About right 65 %

Not enough 27 %

Is the state of Alaska's spending on transportation ($153 per capita):

Too much 6 %

About right 57 %

Not enough 38 %

Is the state of Alaska's spending on natural resources ($89 per capita):

Too much 15 %

About right 40 %

Not enough 45 %

Is the state of Alaska's spending on development ($32 per capita):

Too much 20 %

About right 50 %

Not enough 30 %

Percentages have been rounded off and totals are within 1 percentage point of 100.



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