Friday, April 5, 2019

Millsaps/Chism Poll: Voters Want Higher Minimum Wage, Higher Taxes, Better Roads

Don't really have time to clear the weeds this morning but here is a poll Millsaps College and Chism Strategies released yesterday.  Some highlights are:


Overall, 72 percent of Mississippi voters support raising the state’s minimum wage, which is
currently set at the hourly federal minimum of $7.25, while just 24 percent oppose an increase. A
plurality of 36 percent back raising it to $10.00 per hour, 19 percent favor $15.00 per hour, and
17 percent want it set at $12.50 per hour. For the seventh consecutive quarter, voters have
identified “fixing our state’s roads and bridges” as the top priority for Mississippi leaders,
while 79 percent say the state is not spending enough on infrastructure projects like roads and bridges....

56 percent say the issue of preserving Mississippi’s rural hospitals will be very important in
determining how they will vote in the 2019 state elections, while only 10 percent say it will not
be very important.

69 percent favor easing the process for restoring voting rights to former felons.

Over a quarter of voters favor enacting higher tax rates on corporations to fund more
transportation infrastructure projects like roads and bridges. Another 19 percent back creating
toll roads, 18 percent back raising the state gas tax, and 18 percent also favor increasing income
taxes for higher wage earners. Another 21 percent oppose any new funding options....
The rest of the poll is posted below.






42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Once again, please tell us who "Millsaps/Chism polls" is.

Anonymous said...

Obviously this "poll" was conducted exclusively among Millsaps students and select Jackson residents.

Anonymous said...

Do we really need a poll to tell us that we want improved roads?

Anonymous said...

Where does it say voters want higher taxes?

Louis LeFleur said...

10:15 and 10:17, get real. Thanks Brad, Millsaps (and Kingfish for bringing it to us before local media) for a very interesting poll. Check out the full document vs. KF's summary. There are some interesting questions and answers in there.

Anonymous said...

What time was the poll taken, and in what neighborhood?

Anonymous said...

Liberals want felon voter rights restored, because...wait for it...most felons would vote liberal/dem, just like illegal aliens.

Anonymous said...

Was this question on the poll?: "Would you rather Millsaps fly the state flag or the rainbow flag?"

PS: Watch McIlwain 'cause he'll vote three times.

Anonymous said...

The next poll will probably find that people like money, food, and sex. (but not necessarily in that order)

Anonymous said...

What about the part where "school children wanted an increase in recess time"?

Rod Knox said...

That poll won't matter since all the soon to be educated young voters will be rushing to more progressive locations to live. Only the desperately poor and poorly educated young people will remain when they are 21+. Or of course the young who will enjoy significant inheritances of real estate and or businesses will reluctantly remain unless and until they can cash in for a good price. Then for sure they also will rush to the border.

Anonymous said...

What was the problem with the post that mentioned McIlwain? Did the radar light up because of a poll question asking the respondent to choose between the state flag and the rainbow flag? Truth is truth, some say.

Anonymous said...

Higher minimum wage= Higher consumer prices....Higher taxes =Less Economic growth. Colllege kids need to take a course in reality.

Rod Knox said...

Well 1:52, maybe the US can get lucky and elect a swath of hard core conservatives who will cut the minimum wage to $1.50 and eliminate all income taxes. Just think how rich we can all be then.

Anonymous said...

McELVAINE, idiots, not “McIlwain”!! God, mistakes like this make you look so stupid in print. At least spell the wild-eyed liberal loon’s name right...

Anonymous said...

Poll responses seem moderate to me.

Anonymous said...

Rod Knox is right. Millsaps grads, like all liberal arts grads, leave the state because Mississippi has plenty of waitresses and Uber drivers. Such jobs are the only employment available for sociology, history and psychology grads with $250,000 of student debt.

Anonymous said...

Right on 11:09 all liberals want is that vote. They could care less if this country becomes a third wold nation.

Rod Knox said...

Any idea how many MSU engineering grads are in Texas 8:09? Or banking grads in Atlanta? Those married when they graduate often look close to home for a year or two but then a great many see the opportunities elsewhere difficult to ignore. Those who ramain stay in contact with their friends who rushed out of the state immediately after graduation and soon recognize how much there is to offer once they get out. A lot of gramdmas are traveling far and wide to visit grand kids at Christmas these days dontchaknow.

Anonymous said...

Do you get a rush Knox posturing as an expert?

Anonymous said...

I have respect for Brad Chism for a lot of things but he is extremely liberal and is a master manipulator. He could sell swamp land in the New Mexico desert. He did not choose a very diverse group to poll. Brad has some dirty dealings in the past. Don’t trust everything he says. Sorry Brad.

Anonymous said...

Actually, being to spell the loon's name at all makes one appear irrelevant and twisted around the axle of liberalism.

Anonymous said...

I'm anxious to see EVERY Millsaps graduate leave this state. And that also goes for the current crop of offended-scholars-in-residence up at Old Miss. May they all sense the orgasmic pleasure of seeing Mississippi in their rear-view mirrors.

Anonymous said...

Kids must have answered most of these questions. Reminds me of my son who did not see a problem with not everyone paying taxes until I explained when If you have 100 homes in a neighborhood paying $500 HO dues and only 80 are paying, next year the only paying people have to pay $600 each to make up the money. These people think that everyone else will have to pay additional money to make these repairs, not them and if there’s goes up the rich must not be paying. Better wake up, most of these 30 and under think this way and they are crazy voters.

Anonymous said...

8:09, Millsaps history grad here. I stayed in Jackson and I probably made more money last year than you will see in a lifetime. Thanks for your input.

Rod Knox said...

I had a friend who graduated from Millsaps with a degree in chemistry and he made a killing in banking...... Go figure.

Anonymous said...

A BS in Chemistry is worthless. You can get into banking with a GED.

(Sure you did 9:00 AM)

Anonymous said...

I suspect they failed to ask, "If higher minimum wage would ensure a massive loss of jobs available to minimum wage workers and closure of many of your favorite restaurants, would you support raising the minimum wage regardless? This smells like a "push poll".

Anonymous said...

9:00 a.m. I am assuming your made all of that money telling lies. Sales I presume?

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, our legislature (both parties) are not capable of writing their own legislation. They can only consider and pass a bill that they have copied from another state. #ourlegislaturesucks

Anonymous said...

Millsaps grad here. I live in Belhaven and I moved here for school. I grew up in Virginia and my wife is from here and I started several payday micro loan stores in the state. Yes Mississippi certainly has its issues. Mainly nothing gets done by either party. Also, a lot of people are oblivious to what's happening in many other states or cities. We could and should look to other places for examples of good leadership as we lack it here.

Anonymous said...

Within the last couple of weeks, the Sun-Herald (the NP on the coast for those that aren't familiar) did some stories on the "brain drain" in Mississippi. It obviously focused mainly on the coast, but there was some information with statewide relevance.

The problem isn't just grads with X degree from Y school leaving the state, it is young(er) people in general. Of course there are SOME jobs that allow a recent grad (or any young person) to have a financial lifestyle reasonably compatible with other areas, but there are not a lot of them. The social aspects, including the racism, homophobia and what they see as "backward thinking" (some of their complaints are fair, reasonable and accurate, some are liberal hippie-dippie bullshit) also play a large roll in them leaving. The simple and undeniable fact is that young people, college grads or not, simply see Mississippi as a backward state with limited opportunities and limiting factors in every aspect of their current lives and what they see as their financial and social future.

The overarching problem is that such is true for those who desire the capitalist lifestyle working at an investment banking firm, desire the software engineer lifestyle working in tech, desire to start out getting free-range fair trade coffee at The Ocasio-Cortez Institute for Economic Stupidity, or desire the myriad other lifestyles offered in many areas outside of Mississippi. Other than agribusiness or the gaming industry, the opportunities available elsewhere are simply much more plentiful and generally more financially- and personally-rewarding.

That said, truly accurate polls have become increasingly difficult and exponentially more expensive to conduct. The extreme changes in communications methods across the entire population over just the last 10 years has severely hurt polling companies, as have the increasing divide between "right" and "left" as well as the general willingness of many to lie to pollsters, yet polls are still commissioned every day by those who were brought up on them. Look no further than the entire 2016 POTUS race for examples of expensive polls that were completely wrong and therefore, a useless waste of money for whoever commissioned it. Combine that with the ease in which polls have always been easy to manipulate by a pollster who wished for whatever reason to do so and bluntly, most polls such as this one are about useless for any hard data. There is some information in them for those who can properly analyze it, but even then, such polls today are rarely worth the cost of such limited information that requires accurate (and also expensive) analysis.

Anonymous said...

There are lots of jobs and opportunity out there for people who want to work, and work hard in many cases. The young generation has been led to believe that once I graduate in a field I’m suppose to have many job at a certain pay level. Schools have fostered this idea in order to attract students. My 18 year old son talks about going somewhere and making more money but doesn’t understand yet the cost of living being 20% higher. Case in point, brother in laws son moved to South Carolina and he and new wife moved up to new apartment area to upgrade their status. He pays $2100 a month for a 2 bedroom apartment. I’m guessing the same place on the coast is about $1200. Everything is relative to where you live. Now I’m a big believer in adding 5 cents a gallon to gas as long as it goes DIRECTLY into roads and not general funds. At least Jackson has the 1 cent tax going to a committee and they decide roads and some are actually being repaired. Will take 3 years to make an impact but step in right direction.

Anonymous said...

7:58AM, responding to 9:42AM

"There are lots of jobs and opportunity out there for people who want to work, and work hard in many cases."

Are there jobs "out there" if "out there" means "somewhere in the US?" Certainly, but there are not lots of jobs in many fields in Mississippi. As an example, the tech industry is largely non-existent in MS (and for the pedantic, yes, there are SOME tech-field jobs, but not MANY).

"The young generation has been led to believe that once I graduate in a field I’m suppose to have many job at a certain pay level. Schools have fostered this idea in order to attract students."

Absolutely true, plus, school admins have fostered a grading policy that results in many grades/GPAs not being reflective of the student's level of work, which has led to grads not actually educated commensurate with their degree. When you have unqualified grads expecting compensation packages on par with the highly-qualified, it is recipe for disappointment and disaster.

"My 18 year old son talks about going somewhere and making more money but doesn’t understand yet the cost of living being 20% higher."

The cost of living issue is certainly valid, but I'd suggest that many young people today do have at least some idea of this because of information from friends, "friends," and peers in the area(s) they are considering. Even if they have no contact with anyone in that area, simple 'net research provides information. While a 17-18 year old high school grad wishfully thinking about spreading their wings might experience some "sticker shock" with COL differences, many - MANY, not ALL - college grads are less susceptible to it. Also, the laws of supply and demand come into play as the employers often have to pay more (or can pay less, depending on the perspective) because of localized COL.

Rod Knox said...

Regardless what their motivation is it is apparent that a great many of our children are looking elsewhere for opportunity when they get an education and here's where they see opportunity

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=what+cities+offer+new+graduates+the+best+opportunity

And if anyone listens to what the upperclassmen of state universities are critical of in their home state often they complain that the students have been brainwashed by the socialist professors. Ain't that a laugh!

Anonymous said...

At least Jackson has the 1 cent tax going to a committee and they decide roads and some are actually being repaired.

Better look real close because that money is increasingly going to backstop the city budget under the guise of "infrastructure". FACT.

Anonymous said...

All this pablum but none of you will come out and say you believe higher taxes coupled with more government spending will magically get the young 'uns to stay in Mississippi.

Rod Knox said...

Don't worry about them young'uns leaving the state. It's good riddance to them young commies that I keep hearing 12:17.

But if roads and bridges and education are in desperate need of adequate financing and the state is already taking dollars from left wing states for 40% of the budget where will the funding come from?

Anonymous said...

7:58AM and 11:17AM, responding to 12:17PM: "All this pablum but none of you will come out and say you believe higher taxes coupled with more government spending will magically get the young 'uns to stay in Mississippi."

I won't "come out say" anything of the sort because more money pissed away won't do a damned thing as far as "young 'uns" staying or going. It would take a huge change in attitude and actions of a large segment of the population, both white and black. Frankly, I suspect such change is at least a generation away. In fact, more government spending as those monies are currently spent will do more harm than good in that it will just make the current situation worse, i.e., entitlements, corruption, feeding at the public trough, etc., etc., etc. If I had to guess, I'd say that Jackson will have to hit rock-bankrupt-bottom, entitlements sharply curtained to drive off or force the recipients to change and with some luck, a slow sensible rebuilding. But don't count on anything but it hitting rock-bankrupt-bottom because the folks, both black and white, that could and would rebuild have given up and left already and I see nothing to encourage them to return and try.

Kingfish said...

So sorry you keep commenting on another subject in this thread. HOwever, there is a post right above it that covers the subject you want to discuss. Just comment there and it's approved.

Anonymous said...

9:00 am maybe with all your new found wealth you could buy a bit of humility

Rod Knox said...

Look around 7:41. WE DON'T NEED NO HUMILITY IN MISSISSIPPI....

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