The poll – conducted for WKYT-TV, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and WHAS-TV – found 63 percent of the 1,917 registered voters surveyed like the idea of giving citizens the right to reject or approve local sales taxes.
A required constitutional amendment to allow such votes failed to win the needed support in the state Senate on Wednesday.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky League of Cities supported the plan as way for local communities to raise money by temporarily adding a small amount to the state six-percent sales tax.
The Bluegrass Poll found only 23 percent of likely voters preferred to leave things as they are and not allow communities an local option sales tax.
“With the measure failing to win Senate support, it’s not dead completely as lawmakers to reintroduce it during the next session and in time for the 2016 ballot,” said WKYT political editor Bill Bryant. “It’s obvious that lawmakers and members of the public have differing opinions on whether this should be a local decision.”
For the Bluegrass Poll, SurveyUSA interviewed 2,200 state of Kentucky adults between March 3 and 8. Of the adults, 1,903 were registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 529 were determined by SurveyUSA to be Republican likely voters in the May 19 primary. Of the registered voters, 639 were determined to be Democrats likely to vote in the May 19 Democratic primary.
This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone were interviewed on a home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.