Voters surveyed on sales tax increase

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Voters are less likely to support a proposed countywide half-cent sales tax increase that would fund regional infrastructure projects after they hear arguments about the proposed ballot measure, according to results of a survey presented Friday morning to the San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors.

When read a summary of the measure — which promises road repair, relief for freeway congestion, improved public transit and bridge fixes — 38 percent of about 1,200 respondents questioned between March 28 and April 3 said they would definitely vote in favor, while 30 percent would probably cast a "yes” vote.

The total of 68 percent exceeds the two-thirds that would be necessary to pass the measure, which SANDAG hopes to place on the November general election ballot.

About 25 percent would definitely or probably vote "no.”

After being read a series of arguments in favor or against the ballot measure, and answering whether they found the contentions convincing, 36 percent of the respondents said they would definitely cast a "yes” vote, while 26 percent probably would.

The 62 percent total would fall short of what’s needed for approval.

After hearing the arguments regarding the proposed measure, the probably or definitely no vote raises to 33 percent.

The favorable ratings for the measure are higher than in previous polls, taken in April last year and again in November. The likely "yes” vote in the prior surveys were 53 percent and 57 percent. The "no” category registered 41 percent and 38 percent.

The most convincing arguments in favor of the ballot measure were plans to add lanes to state Route 94 into downtown, protect open space, improve water quality, and that the funds would remain local.

The least convincing ideas were providing more frequent bus and trolley service, changing road grades to separate road and rail traffic and creating aerial tramways.

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