Republicans love to talk about "mandates". Well, here's your mandate from the people:
78 percent said they would support keeping the one-cent sales tax increase if the money was used to limit cuts to public schools, community colleges, and universities. 73 percent of Republicans, 78 percent of independents, and 80 percent of Democrats support it.
And in case any on the right (or whichever side) doubt the accuracy of this poll, read on.
Support for the tax and education cuts across party lines and parenthood status, according to the poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, a national Republican political and public affairs firm.
More numbers for our leaders to dwell on, especially if they'd like to continue sitting in that chair in which the voters placed them:
73 percent opposed a 15.5 percent cut to universities. 65 percent of registered Republicans oppose the 15.5 percent cut, 74 percent of independents oppose it, and 79 percent of registered Democrats oppose it.