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Poll: Voters want careful spending cuts, lower valuations



Quinnipiac poll: "Florida voters are surprisingly upbeat about their personal financial condition, as 56 percent say family finances are "excellent" or "good," and 43 percent say they are "not so good" or "poor," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. But only 31 percent expect things to get better in the next year, while 21 percent say they will get worse and 44 percent say they will stay the same.

"And voters say 59 - 20 percent that they are worse off than they were a year ago, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

"Floridians say 58 - 30 percent that more cuts in local property taxes are needed, in part because local officials have failed to reduce assessments to reflect the decline in property values. They think 73 - 22 percent that the voting public, not the Legislature, should make the tax cuts. When it comes to the state budget, they want spending cut rather than taxes raised, but prefer those cuts on a case-by-case basis, not by an across-the-board percentage."


[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:47pm]


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