Sioux Falls Drinking Liberally host (and blog sponsor!) Sheldon Osborn says he doesn’t want to steal Nielson Brothers’ thunder, but he sends out this Friday meeting notice telling us how NBP finds our statewide candidates and ballot measures faring in a South Dakota poll conducted October 24–26:
…to no surprise to anyone, it will show Trump underperforming the other Republican statewide candidates by ten points or more but still beating Hillary Clinton by about 10 %. Nielson Brothers also polled a number of the ballot measures. Here is a quick summary for the well informed: Amendment T, Redistricting, is up by 15%; Amendment U, the phony interest rate cap, is losing by about the same amount; Amendment V, non-partisan elections, is statistically tied; Initiated Measure 21, the payday loan interest rate cap, is winning close to 2 to 1; Initiated Measure 23, allowing non-profit organizations to charge fees, is losing more than 2 to 1; and, Referred Law 20, repeal of the minimum wage for teenagers, is losing badly which is good. The Undecideds for all of the ballot measures range from 25 to 30 percent [Sheldon Osborn, “Hillary or “the Donald”? Goodness and Light or Misogyny? Let’s Drink on It,” Drinking Liberally Sioux Falls Chapter blog, 2016.10.28].
Our own blog poll finds IM 21 doing a little better and Amendment U(sury) doing even worse than Osborn says NBP says. Out 193 blog readers casting their votes from Tuesday through Thursday of this week, 70% combined the right combination of votes: Yes on 21, No on U! 5% more voted Yes on 21 but then slipped and voted Yes on U, which would cancel out 21’s 36% rate cap and write unlimited payday lending interest rates into our constitution. Pay attention, people!
Add the 20% who voted No on both measures to the Yes21/NoU vote, and you get 90% of DFP readers voting against the payday lenders’ decoy amendment, which is a victory for the efforts of Steve Hildebrand, Steve Hickey, Reynold Nesiba, Cathy Brechtelsbauer, this blog, and all of you, dear readers, who are telling your friends and neighbors what these competing payday lending measures are about. Keep up the good work!