Mason-Dixon: Hometown Democracy Polling at 61%
Six out of 10 poll respondents say they'd vote for a proposed constitutional amendment that would require public referenda before amendments or new comprehensive land use plans can be approved, according to a Ron Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll released Wednesday.
While the results showing 61 percent of voters support the proposal to just 18 percent against, sound overwhelming that level of support would actually just barely be enough to pass because constitutional amendments require 60 percent voter approval.
The proposed Amendment 4 - dubbed by supporters as the “Hometown Democracy” amendment would stifle development and kill jobs, opponents say.
The words “Hometown Democracy,” controversial because of their positive implication, weren't included in the poll.
Respondents from both major parties were overwhelmingly in favor of the proposal, though Democrats and independent voters polled more strongly in favor. Still 54 percent of Republicans support the proposal compared to 23 percent against with 20 percent undecided. Overall, 21 percent of voters say they're still undecided on the land-use proposal.
The question as posed to poll responders: “Amendment 4 would require that before a local government may amend or adopt a new comprehensive land use plan, the proposed plan or amendment must be approved by a public referendum. If you were voting on this amendment today, would you vote: 'Yes,' in favor of this amendment, or 'No', against this amendment?”
The poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. from May 3 through May 5, asked the question of 625 registered voters by telephone, all of whom said they vote regularly in state elections.
The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.