Traffic on the Downtown Connector (AP File)
ATLANTA -- An exclusive 11Alive News poll finds that if the primary were held today, the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) would likely not pass in metro Atlanta.
RELATED | T-SPLOST lacks majority support
MORE | View the poll results
SurveyUSA surveyed 1,292 voters across the state for 11Alive News, in proportion to the population of each region. There are 12 total T-SPLOST regions in terms of projects and taxes. The most populous is region 3, representing metro Atlanta.
Of the metro Atlantans who either voted early or are likely vote on July 31, half said they would vote against the transportation tax. Just over a third said they would vote for it. The rest were undecided.
Asked how familiar they are with the transportation projects proposed for metro Atlanta, nealy 70% of respondents said they were at least somewhat familiar. About a third of all respondents were either not very familiar or not at all familar.
Whether the measure passes or not, more than half of all metro Atlantans think traffic will be about the same in their area, in the long run.
Despite all the money that has gone into advertisements on both sides of the T-SPLOST debate, nearly half of all metro Atlantans said ads have not affected their stance on the issue.
If the measure did pass, half of all metro Atlantans thought the government would mishandle the transportation tax funds. Just one in 10 voters were very confident the funds would be properly handled.
Some early voters and a number of T-SPLOST opponents have expressed concerns about the wording of the measure on the ballot. The preamble states that it "provides for local transportation projects to create jobs and reduce traffic congestion with citizen oversight." Metro Atlantans were split on whether they thought the wording was fair or unfair, with a 5% difference between the two sides.
The margin of error in 11Alive's new poll ranged from 2.6% to 3.4%, depending on the question.