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QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX // Our times as told by statistics

Percentage of respondents to an election-day exit poll who said it was a "great" idea to put up signs announcing what projects would be done with the Community Investment Tax: 39.6

Percentage who said the signs were "stupid and wasteful": 24

Percentage of Democrats polled who voted for the tax: 59.7

Percentage of Republicans polled who voted for the tax: 57.3

Percentage of voters who were independent or who said they didn't think of themselves in terms of party affiliations who voted for the tax: 53.3

Percentage of those polled who voted for the Community Investment Tax even though they had opposed one or both of last year's tax referendums for schools and police: 14.6

Percentage of whose polled who said it would have been easier to get voters to pass a tax on rental cars: 51.7

Percentage who said it would have been easier to pass a restaurant tax: 39.8

Percentage who said it would have been easier to pass a property tax increase: 8.2

Percentage of those polled who said the referendum should have been on a tax for a stadium only: 54.6

Percentage who said they would have supported bringing the tax back in November for schools only if it had failed: 71.3

Percentage of those polled who said the sales-tax campaign improved their view of local elected officials: 17.9

Percentage who said the campaign worsened their view of local elected officials: 38.7

Percentage of the voters who supported the tax who said that keeping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is critical to the area's image as a major metropolitan area: 21

Number of reasons for voting in favor of the tax cited by poll respondents more often than the need to maintain the area's image: 14

Quality of Life Index Source, 1B

Community Investment Tax results: An exit poll commissioned by the Times and WTVT-Ch. 13 and designed by University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus.

The poll surveyed 880 people on election day and has a margin of error of 3.8 percent.

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