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Appendix A: Coding of Variables on Private Interests and Voting Behavior Coding Independent variables for California data were coded as follows: Age in years Liberal, where 1 = liberal if self-described liberal, 0 = otherwise Income as five categories, where 1 = lowest, 6 = highest Home ownership as a dummy, where 1 = own, 0 = rent Education a dummy, where 1 = college graduate, 0 = otherwise Tax concerns, where 1 = respondent is "extremely concerned" about taxes as a California issue (California Poll question 14G), 0 = otherwise Parental school-status indicators as dummies (created from California Poll question Q108), where 1 = lowest, 6 = highest Independent variables for Colorado data were coded as follows: Age as six categories, where 1 = youngest, 6 = oldest Liberal, where 1 = liberal if self-described, 0 = otherwise Income as six categories, where 1 = lowest, 6 = highest Education as a dummy, where 1 = college graduate, 0 = otherwise Tax concerns, where 1 = taxes given as response to the open-ended question, "What is the most important problem facing Colorado?" and o= otherwise Undecided Voters Models in Tables 17, 18, and 19 were estimated with responses to questions drawn from the 9304 California Poll (1993). Models were estimated such that 1 = support for the proposal, 0 = opposition. This coding omits a nontrivial number of undecided voters. These models were also reestimated with "not sure" respondents included in the opposition category. The substantive results are not changed with the alternate estimation. 175 176 Appendix Wording of Questions for Table 17: School Vouchers Unaided: From what you have seen, read or heard about Proposition 174, are you inclined to vote yes or no on Proposition 174? N Label 136 Yes 323 No 79 Not Sure Aided: Proposition 174 is entitled, "Education. Vouchers." It permits conversion of public schools to independent voucher-redeeming schools. It also requires state-funded vouchers for children enrolled in qualifying private schools and restricts regulation of such schools. If you were voting today, would you vote yes or no on Proposition 174? N Label 182 Yes 421 No 105 Not Sure Wording of Questions for Table 18: Tax Rule Changes Unaided: From what you have seen, read or heard about Proposition 170, are you inclined to vote yes or no on Proposition 170? N Label 48 Yes 84 No 133 Not Sure Aided: Proposition 170 is entitled "Property Taxes. Schools. Majority Vote." This measure would permit property taxes to exceed the 1 percent limit to pay for school construction bonds when approved by a simple majority, rather Appendu 177 than the current two-thirds vote. Ifyou were voting today, would you vote yes or no on Proposition 170? N Label 210 Yes 343 No 155 Not Sure Wording of Questions for Table 19: Sales Tax Unaided: From what you have seen, read or heard about Proposition 172, are you inclined to vote yes or no on Proposition 172? N Label 77 Yes 88 No 58 Not Sure Aided: Proposition 172 is entitled, "Local Public Safety Protection and ImprovementAct of 1993." It would make permanent a temporary half-cent sales tax increase enacted in 1991. It would provide a dedicated revenue source for public safety purposes such as police, sheriffs, fire, criminal prosecutions and corrections with moneys distributed to cities and counties. If approved , the tax would be collected in all counties. However, a county could receive revenues only if approved by the board of supervisors or by a majority ofvoters within the county. Ifyou were voting today, would you vote yes or no on Proposition 172? N Label 188 Yes 123 No 70 Not Sure ...

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ISBN
9780472023349
Related ISBN
9780472087150
MARC Record
OCLC
665834046
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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