New Yorkers support the latest version of a property-tax cap 60 percent to 30 percent, a Quinnipiac University poll today found. But that’s down from 79 percent when Quinnipiac asked a similar question in April.
The difference appears to be the directness of the question. In April, Quinnipiac asked: “Should there be a cap on how much property taxes can be raised annually in New York State or not?”
Support was 79-17 percent.
This month, voters were asked: “As you may know, there is a proposal to cap local property tax increases at 2 percent annually in New York State. The tax cap could be overridden with 60 percent of a local school district vote. Do you support or oppose this proposal capping local property tax increases at 2 percent annually in New York State?
Under that scenario—which is part of the agreed-upon deal reached last week—support was 60-30 percent.
“In three Quinnipiac University polls earlier this year, we asked New Yorkers about a property tax cap in a simple question with no conditions or qualifiers,” Quinnipiac pollster Mickey Carroll said. “Support was at about 80 percent. Now that we’ve got a real piece of legislation, with some limits as the result of compromise between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, support drops to 60 percent. But 60 percent is not chopped liver.”
Support is strong for other Cuomo initiatives:
Here’s the results.