ERIC Number: ED191166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Tax and Expenditure Limitation Referenda: An Analysis of Public Opinion, Voting Behavior and Campaigns in Four States.
Palaich, Robert; And Others
An investigation into voter support of tax and expenditure limitation (TEL) measures in four states was conducted during and after the November 1978 general election by the Education Finance Center of the Education Commission of the States. Analysis of voter behavior revealed that those who went to the polls felt there was an economic incentive to do so, were habitual voters, and felt the TEL issue was important. The choices of voters concerning measures to cut property taxes were related to their socioeconomic status, political outlook, and other demographic characteristics. Those voting on expenditure limitation measures tended to base their decisions on philosophical attitudes toward the proper role of government. Analysis of voter attitudes in Michigan and Colorado indicated that the public was informed and attempted to make rational decisions when voting. An examination of the election campaigns surrounding TEL ballot measures in Oregon and Idaho showed the impact that intangibles in a campaign can have on the outcome. In general, the study found that no monolithic "tax revolt" is sweeping the country and that voters are assessing each measure on its own terms. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Education Finance Center.
Identifiers: Colorado; Expenditure Limitations; Idaho; Michigan; Oregon; Tax Limitations; Voting Behavior
Note: For a related document, see EA 012 811.