Some embellishments to the entry on the State House News Service poll showing support for the House-approved payroll assessment on employers who don’t cover their workers. The overall result — 66 to 29% in favor. Looking at the poll internals, no big surprises by age, gender, geography, or education. Here’s the eye popper — partisan support:
Democrats — 71%
Independents — 66%
Republicans — 59%
That’s right, 59% of Republicans support the payroll assessment on employers who don’t cover their workers. Take that, Mitt Romney and every member of the House Republican caucus, all of whom voted against the assessment.
By our count, this is the fourth survey over the past three years that has tested Massachusetts public opinion on this issue. The range in support — 62 to 76%.
October, 2003 — Harvard School of Public Health survey shows 76% of MA residents support a mandate on employers to provide insurance coverage.
March, 2005 — Tom Kiley poll shows 65% of voters support tax on businesses that don’t cover their workers.
September 2005 — State House News Service poll shows 62% support a payroll tax on employers and a new cigarette tax to finance health expansion.