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Published May 14, 2012, 09:47 PM

Forum Communications Exclusive: North Dakota Measure #2 Poll

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - An exclusive statewide poll being released by Forum Communications is revealing a very one-sided debate when it comes to Measure 2 in North Dakota, the measure to eliminate property taxes.

An exclusive statewide poll being released by Forum Communications is revealing a very one-sided debate when it comes to Measure 2 in North Dakota, the measure to eliminate property taxes. Of the people polled who said they were either likely, somewhat likely, or extremely likely to vote, a staggering 74% said they plan to reject the measure.

The poll was conducted May 3rd through May 8th by Essman Research; an independent marketing company based in Iowa.It polled 500 voters via both landline and cell-phone. Come June 12th, 372 of those voters said they plan to keep property taxes right where they are in North Dakota.

No party lines are being drawn here; Democrat, Republican, Independent, didn't matter. The numbers broke down like this: 72% of Republicans, 74% of Democrats and 79% of Independents said they will be voting no on measure two.

There was a slight difference when it came down to the age gap; 65% of those age 18-30 plan to reject the measure, compared with 77% of those 30 and older.

When asked what it thought of the results and North Dakota voters, Essman Research said, "Maybe something they know is better than the unknown."

Of those that plan to vote no one person said, "I don't trust the people in the legislature to do what's right." Another commented, "I feel like they'll go after the school systems."

Of the 128 polled voters that do plan to vote for the measure, nearly half said the State's surplus revenues from other taxes make property taxes unnecessary.

The Essman firm says it never takes any numbers completely to the bank until after voting day. But at 3-1 odds, it seems those hoping to abolish property taxes have a lot of ground to make up.

This was the first of several questions asked in the Forum Communications statewide poll. Coming up Wednesday, we'll have poll results on Measure 4, the decision on whether or not to require the UND to keep the Fighting Sioux Nickname. Thursday we'll have what people think of North Dakota's senate race. On Friday, what pollsters have to say about the House race.

Coming up tomorrow night through Thursday, we'll take an in-depth look at Measure Two. We'll talk with both supporters and those against the measure to find out just what it could mean for the state of North Dakota.

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