Surveys and polling are an important and expensive part of most parcel tax campaigns. One of the claims I’ve often heard in our school district is how great it is that the For the Children of West County PAC pays for surveys instead of the school district. This is not so great. The problem is that a private group owns the survey results, not the public. So, the public is dependent on the For the Children group for access to the data in the polling and can’t insist on access as a right. (One question the public might be interested in is: What exactly was the projected support for an 11-cent parcel tax with the objectives stated in the ballot language?)