Crossposted at The Eisenthal Report
In a story in this morning’s edition, The Boston Globe released more polling numbers on Massachusetts voter attitudes as we approach the 100th day of the Patrick Administration. In that poll, 56 percent of those surveyed supported closing the corporate tax loopholes. According to the Globe, “the poll’s findings “could provide some political cover to get behind Patrick’s ideas.”
Some have already downplayed the numbers. Andrew E. Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, was quoted as saying “you would expect that (support) to be in 60 to 70 percent range.” (Smith also noted that support for closing the loopholes split along party lines – 69 percent of Democrats support closing the loopholes compared with 29 percent of Republicans.)
I believe that Smith is simply wrong on this point. Closing corporate tax loopholes has been an issue that has received a disproportionate focus from those who favor the interests of larger businesses; those who might favor it have not been as focused on it. Those larger businesses have also been able to mobilize more resources in opposition to the proposals. It is rather unsurprising, given these facts, that there is not overwhelming support for closing the corporate tax loopholes.
The fact that 69 percent of Democrats favor the proposal should give Speaker Sal DiMasi some pause as he decides how much of his political capital he decides to put into opposing the Governor’s proposals.