State Senate Majority Releases Poll Results

Wednesday the Alaska State Senate Majority released the results of their own online poll of state policy issues . The poll primarily focuses on fiscal issues, but also includes questions on daylight savings time and school choice.

Showing they may not like or perhaps don’t trust the results of their own poll the Senate Majority posted a disclaimer along with the results saying:

CAUTION: This was a self-selecting, non-scientific poll. Even though the survey response set is large (4,927), it may not be an accurate representation of all of Alaskans.   Duplicate submissions were removed.”

Here are the results:

“Do you support or oppose moving Alaska off of DST and onto PST for part of the year?”


“In your opinion, is current state spending too high, about right or too low?”


Which statement best reflects your view on the size of government?”

  1. State services have been cut enough. We need to enact new revenue measures now
  2. We must right size government before asking working Alaskans to pay new taxes


“Do you support or oppose enacting a statewide sales tax of 5% to raise $700 million dollars (about 20% of the current budget gap)?”


“Do you support or oppose enacting a statewide income tax at 25% of Federal Income tax liability* to raise $1 billion (about 30% of the current budget gap)?”


“Do you support using a portion of the Permanent Fund earnings for K-12 Education?”


“Do you support capping the dividend and using the balance of Permanent Fund earnings for general public services?”


“The Alaska LNG project involves the State partnering with Exxon, BP and ConocoPhillips. In the event our partners exit the project, should the state of Alaska go-it-alone on a pipeline project, even if it means risking the principal of the Permanent Fund?”question8-go-it-alone

“Is funding for K-12 education:”

  1. Too low
  2. About right
  3. Too high
  4. I care more about results than funding
  5. Unsure


“Do you support or oppose expanding the educational choices available to parents, such as charter schools, vouchers and language immersion programs?”


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4 Comments on "State Senate Majority Releases Poll Results"

  1. Two observations:

    1. It is amazing to me that nearly half (48.2%) of respondents supported an income tax equal to 25% of federal income tax liability. I wonder what the response to this question (obviously asked in a way to discourage a support response) would have been if the amount of income tax was about 15% of federal tax (as it used to be) or the 6% in the governor’s proposal.

    2. With regard to the question about using Permanent Fund earnings for education, it is unclear if this means supplemental or supplanting existing revenue sources. In other words, were they to implement this, would the legislature simply take formerly GF dollars going to education and use it to for non-education state expenses, or would they use it only to fully fund education?

  2. Odd…
    there were no questions on what Alaskans think of oil taxes. Whether we think them too low/too high/about right. Why is this, I wonder?

  3. The legislative system in Alaska is so broken that this is the only method they have to sense public opinion. For example the first issue on their poll is Daylight Saving Time. There have been five bills to end this practice in Alaska since 1999. Each time one of these bills was allowed to be voted upon by either the House or Senate it passed. After vetting using the hearing process SB6 passed the Senate 16 to 4.
    The opponents then literally purchased the death of SB6 (the latest legislation) as they have in the past. They hired a lobbyist and purchased an advertisement campaign to oppose the bill.
    The tactic worked as Mike Chenault assigned SB6 to multiple committees to insure its death before the end of session. First is Bob Lynn who is doing a splendid job of holding the bill “for further information”. Next is House Finance despite SB6 having a zero fiscal note. After that it will go to House Rules where the chair is married to an influential member of the Alaska Broadcast Industry (another opponent of repeal of DST).
    The issue is not as important as is the example of how money and personal relationships drives the agenda in this legislature. You can have all the legislative influence in this state you can afford or glean from a personal relationship – no more and no less.

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