Montanans Display Support for Upcoming 6-Mill Levy Initiative

April 03, 2018

MISSOULA – Seventy-two percent of Montanans would vote for continuing the 6-Mill Levy that supports the Montana University System if the election were held today, according to results from the latest University of Montana Big Sky Poll.

The poll measured Montanans’ opinions on whether or not to continue an existing 6-mill property tax levy, which has supported the university system since 1948 and will expire in January 2019 without voter approval. In 2008, according to information from the Montana Secretary of State’s office, 56.8 percent voted in favor of the initiative. In the UM Big Sky Poll, 72 percent of respondents answered in favor of the 6-Mill Levy.

The question posed to the respondents was: “The November 2018 ballot will include a question from the Montana Legislature. It will ask Montanans if they want to continue an existing 6-mill property tax levy that has supported the university system since 1948. Without voter approval, it will expire in January 2019. If the election were today, would you vote for or against continuing the 6-mill levy that supports the Montana University System?”

“We will ask Montanans again this fall about their support with the ballot language that was just adopted by the state,” said Sara Rinfret, director of UM’s Master of Public Administration program and the UM Big Sky Poll. “The time the poll was conducted, the language had not been adopted. This poll provides a lens into Montanans’ perspectives.”

The full results are below and listed on the UM Big Sky Poll website at http://umt.edu/bigskypoll:

Scale

Percentage (%)

Vote For

72%

Lean For

2 %

Undecided

4%

Lean Against

1%

Vote Against

18%

Don’t Know/Refused

3%

 

The poll was conducted via telephone between Feb.1 and 19 with 603 randomly selected Montana registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/-4 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. Use of poll findings requires attribution to UM’s Big Sky Poll.

The UM Big Sky Poll collects and reports information about Montanans’ perceptions of local, state and federal issues. The poll is directed by Rinfret and Justin Angle, UM associate professor of marketing, in conjunction with seven graduate seminar students from UM’s MPA and Business Analytics programs.

The survey was commissioned with support from UM’s Social Science Research Laboratory. The UM Big Sky Poll will be offered on an ongoing basis with its next iteration planned for fall 2018.

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Contact: Sara Rinfret, director of UM’s Master of Public Administration program, 406-243-4702, sara.rinfret@umontana.edu.