Voters Call Gov. Malloy's Tax Refund a Gimmick: Poll

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    In January, Gov. Dannel Malloy's proposed using the state’s $155 million surplus to mail tax refund checks of up to $110 per household.

    A Quinnipiac University poll released this morning found that voters, 63 percent to 23 percent, consider the plan a political gimmick, not good public policy.

    Republicans called the idea a gimmick, 83 percent to 9 percent, while independent voters, 71 - 19 percent, agreed.

    Democrats are divided, with 41 percent calling it a gimmick and 39 percent say it's good public policy.

    When faced with open-ended questions about, 36 percent of voters said the economy and jobs should be the top priority for Malloy and the State Legislature, with 14 percent saying taxes, 11 percent for education and 8 percent saying budget/government spending.

    The poll also asked about how the state has handled snowstorms.

    Voters approved, 86 percent to 10 percent, of the way Malloy is handling this winter's snowstorms.
    However, he received failing grades on other issues, including handling of the economy and jobs, taxes, education and the budget.


    "Gov. Dannel Malloy gets great marks for his handling of the snowstorms, but low marks for voter priorities, the economy and jobs, taxes, education and the budget," Schwartz said.

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