Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Millsaps/Chism poll: Hilbert popular, no new taxes, create a lottery

A Millsaps College/Chism Strategies polls says Gilbert is the most popular Republican and voters oppose raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure improvements. Some highlights from the poll:

  • 70% favor creating a lottery
  • Only 38% support hiking gas taxes to fix roads and bridges. 
  • Majority of Republicans think state is going in the right direction, majority of Democrats think it is going in the wrong direction. 
  • Dilbert is the most popular elected official in the poll.  There is a qualifying phrase: "most popular elected official we asked voters about."  His approval among GOPsters was +58. 
  •  Brandon who? Nearly half of the voters couldn't rate Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presely because they didn't know who he was.  This section was rather weak on specific numbers. 
  • Senator Roger Wicker enjoyed a 63% approval rating among Republicans while only 21% shook their heads sideways.  State Senator Chris McDaniel had a +28 approval rating among Republicans as well.  The poll said "less than half of all voters" approve of Wicker's performance as Senator.  However, McDaniel only had a +7 approval among all voters. 
  • Voters don't like the legislature. "Collectively, the legislature’s approval rating is underwater at -12%. Voters across all ethnic, gender, and age groups disapprove of the legislature’s performance.Only those who identify as Strong Republicans give positive marks to the legislative branch of government."
  • 68% think school boards should be elected. 
  • Majority opposed cutting the thirteenth check for PERS retirees.


Anonymous said...

In a SuperTalk radio interview, Speaker Gunn said that there would never be a vote on a lottery in MS "because His personal religious beliefs were against it". That is a direct quote. 70% of the state, the entire legislature, and my grandmother wants one. jeez...What a damn baffoon.

Anonymous said...

1. That fuel tax opposition continues to surprise me since Better Roads & Bridges in people's #1 concern.

2. He better buy a lot of ads because it looks like Jay Hughes has a long way to go. Eldridge's numbers should make him queasy.

3. I wonder how the legislative disapproval will shake out. Are people tired of "the Legislature" or their legislator? Will there be significant change over in the primaries (i.e. Republicans staying Republican) or will Republicans cross over for Dems in November 2019?

4. Despite what Facebook and emails from your friends tell you, no one has entertained the idea of reversing or reducing the PERS COLA. But with such weak polling support, they might start to consider it. By continually crying wolf, you may just create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Anonymous said...

Chism doesn't "poll" topics in a vacuum. Democrats don't want responsible PERS reform. They want a PERS disaster.

Anonymous said...

@3:03 the last redistricting guarantees that the Republicans will easily hold the MS Senate and (highly) likely the MS House. There's only a handful of House districts statewide in play due to changing demographics.

Anonymous said...

2:32 - since you evidently take all your news and information from what you 'hear' on Supertalk, why are you wasting your time here? You obviously already know all that there is to know.

But since you haven't listened to any other source of what's happening in our fair state, Philip Gunn has said differently since last legislative session. It was that session that he said there would not be a vote. But, the rest of what he said that year and since was that he wanted the commission that the House created last year to study a lottery and provide some specific information, not just off the cuff opinions.

And, I believe he and LG Reeves have both said that while they personally oppose a lottery for various reasons, that the bill will be voted on by the Legislature this year and they both expect it to pass.

But, go back to your Trump/Bryant network to get your information. Makes life a lot easier if you don't have to deal with any new stuff.

Anonymous said...

Gunn says they'll vote on it but only if the bill originates in the Senate.

Anonymous said...

That Dullbert schtick got old in a hurry and a long time ago, too.

Anonymous said...

Just the other day, there was a very long line of MS folk in line at Delta, LA to buy lottery tix. Gunn/Reeves/Gipson should create an exception—only sell lottery tix at casino buffets who are already “on the water.” That old line seems to work well for the long line of baptists at the casino buffet...just across the river. One long line instead of 2!!!

Gunn/Reeves/Gipson all need to go to seminary and start another happy-clappy “church” because that’s where the prosperity is. Just ask Chip, Paula White, etc.

Anonymous said...

Hey 2:32, Gunn wants a Commission to study a lottery? a damn Commission? That is buffoonery.

Plain ol' Catfish said...

@ January 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

I have to agree with you there. Whenever you see a bunch of busses at the Casino, it's always a bunch old folks from some church. LOL!!!!

I know the opposition feels like a lottery is a tax on the poor. But common sense should prevail here when your citizens are going in droves across the river to Louisiana or Arkansas, or across the state line to Tennessee to play the lottery in those states.

That's one-time money leaving the state and not coming back, that's just plumb crazy to hold to some moral notion and Mississippi is losing revenues the state should be keeping in its own back yard.

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