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February 2000


All Voters

"You may have heard that the State of Maryland is expecting a large budget surplus this year. Do you think it is better to give this money back to the taxpayers in the form of a tax cut, or is it more important to spend the money on pressing priorities like education?"

REGIONS

 

Metro

Metro

W

E

Balt

Mont

PG

Outer

 

All

DC

Balt

MD

Shore

City

Co

Co

Suburbs

Tax Cut

32%

28%

33%

31%

41%

28%

27%

24%

35%

Priorities

59%

63%

60%

56%

48%

66%

63%

67%

57%

Combination

7%

7%

5%

10%

12%

2%

8%

7%

5%

Not Sure

2%

2%

2%

3%

-%

4%

2%

1%

3%

            
 

RACE

GENDER

   

African

 

All

American

White

Other

 

Male

Female

   

Tax Cut

32%

21%

33%

31%

 

41%

24%

   

Priorities

59%

69%

58%

67%

 

49%

68%

   

Combination

7%

8%

7%

-%

 

8%

6%

   

Not Sure

2%

1%

2%

2%

 

2%

2%

 

 


  • By a 59% to 32% margin, Maryland voters believe the surplus should be used for "pressing priorities like education" as opposed to a tax cut.     
  • 7% volunteer that some combination should be tried.     
  • Every region is supportive of spending the surplus on pressing priorities including the Eastern Shore, which favors that approach by a 48% to 41% margin.



This issue exhibits a large gender gap, with 68% of women and only 49% of men calling for the money to be spent on priorities.

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