Non-binding: Do you support ending the current practice of unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators by imposing a $100 cap on such gifts?
Once again, here are the results of a non-random online survey, primarily of readers of the GaPundit.com morning email; that population skews distinctly Republican and distinctly conservative. We started collecting responses on June 5, 2012 and closed the survey on June 10, 2012. We collected email addresses to prevent duplicate entries, and limited responses to one per IP address. Neither of those measures is perfect, but we did delete several entries with obviously fake email addresses.
We phrased the question as above, which is how the Georgia Republican Party sent it to us as the actual language that will appear on the ballot.
On the question of whether unlimited gifts from lobbyists to legislators should be limited, 77.25% of our respondents answered yes, while 18.24% answered no, and 4.5% were undecided.
We also present a breakout of the responses to the lobbyist question by whether the respondent identifies himself or herself as a member of the Tea Party movement. Given the emphasis that the Atlanta Tea Party has put on ethics this year, it’s not surprising that self-described Tea Partiers are more likely to support the gift cap. But I am surprised by the magnitude of the difference. While 82.98% of those calling themselves member of the Tea Party support the limitation on lobbyist gifts, support among non-Tea Party members is at 67.27%, a difference of nearly 16 points.
Note that the number of respondents to the Tea Party question differs from the total number of respondents because I’m not breaking out undecideds on the Tea Party question and I didn’t require an answer on the Tea Party question, but I did require an answer on all the ballot questions.
Make of it what you will.