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Poll: Voters like tax plan but highly confused



A majority of voters support the Republican-led Legislature's plan for super homestead exemptions, but confusion abounds and support falls just short of the 60 percent needed to pass a constitutional amendment, a new poll released this morning shows.

While 57 percent of voters support the proposal -- up for statewide vote on Jan. 29 -- 17 percent are opposed and 26 percent remain undecided. And an overwhelming 67 percent say the proposal needs more explanation.

The plan calls for replacing the current $25,000 homestead exemption with one up to $195,000 on a $500,000 home. But people could elect to keep their Save Our Homes protection instead.

"Supporters still fall a bit short of the 60 percent threshold, but at first glance they seem to be within range of getting the votes needed for passage," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Gov. Charlie Crist continues to enjoy huge approval ratings - at 73 percent - but that many voters say his focus on property insurance has not delivered lower rates. Add in the almost 50 percent who feel the property tax cuts are not large enough and trouble could be looming for the governor.

The poll was conducted July 12 - 16 and included 1,106 Florida voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:40pm]


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