The newest Dakota Poll finds that Governor Dennis Daugaard could get three black eyes at the polls next month. The phone survey of 400 likely South Dakota voters, conducted September 29 and 30, finds the Governor's two signature pieces of legislation losing and a sales tax increase to make up for his neglect of education and Medicaid winning:
- Referred Law 14, Gov. Daugaard's corporate welfare slush fund plan, loses 34% to 54%.
- Initiated Measure 15, the extra-penny sales tax to fund K-12 education and Medicaid, wins 67% to 30%.
- Referred Law 16, Gov. Daugaard's plan to wreck schools with merit pay and teacher evaluations based on standardized tests, loses 52% to 46%.
These results differ notably from the nearly contemporaneous Nielson Brothers Polling data, which found much larger undecided contingents and a slight lead for RL16.
Among the interesting crosstab results, the Dakota Poll finds an answer to DWC's question about where the Tea Party stands on the IM15 tax increase. The Dakota Poll finds that 49% of the self-identifying Tea Partiers support IM15, while only 43% oppose it.
If the results of the Dakota Poll pan out, they will offer a stern rejection of the pro-corporate, anti-tax, anti-teacher agenda Governor Daugaard has staked out in his first two years in the big chair. I hope we get the chance to test how Daugaard would govern facing such repudiation of his policy priorities.