By the Numbers: 71 percent
At first blush, a new poll makes it look like San Jose voters overwhelmingly support a sales tax increase.
About 67 percent of 1,500-plus respondents said they’re cool with a general sales tax bump, which could go to just about anything in the general fund, including police and road repairs.
But one political insider tells San Jose Inside that the poll—conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3)—is “a prescription for disaster.” That’s because 32 percent of the “yes” tabulation are actually just “leaning toward yes.”
In order for it to get more than 50 percent of the vote, nearly everyone would need to get on board.
“That’s assuming all the voters are going to hear the positive side and they’re not going to hear anything else,” the source scoffed.
The city’s poll also boasted that 65 percent of people want to up the pot club tax from 10 to 20 percent of all gross receipts. But subtract the “maybes” and barely more than half are in favor.
Despite the funny math, San Jose mayoral candidate Dave Cortese cited the “overwhelming majority” of voters being in favor of paying higher taxes in a press release urging the city to put a measure on the fall ballot.