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Poll: Voters say raise taxes in 2011, pay the price in 2012

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RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) – Voters say they would be less likely to vote for a legislator in 2012 who voted for a tax increase. As the General Assembly finalizes the 2011-2012 budget proposal, a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute shows strong opposition to new taxes. The poll also found 75 percent of voters oppose a plan by Gov. Bev Perdue to raise taxes by $800 million.

Seventy-three percent of voters said they would be less likely to vote for a legislator in 2012 who voted to raise taxes by over $800 million. Fifteen percent said they would be more likely to vote for a legislator who supported raising taxes, and 8 percent said they do not know or refused.

"North Carolina voters overwhelmingly reject the idea of a tax hike," said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca. "While those in support of new taxes now talk about education and 'devastating' budget cuts, voters in 2012 will only read and hear about legislators voting to raise taxes in mailers and on advertisements."

Voter opposition remains high when asked whether they would support or oppose a plan by Governor Perdue to raise taxes by over $800 million (75 percent oppose – 17 percent support). Furthermore, voters of all party affiliations oppose such a plan: Republicans (88 percent oppose – 6 percent support), Unaffiliated (75 percent oppose – 15 percent support), and Democratic voters (66 percent oppose – 25 percent support).

“As national political pundits rank Perdue as the most vulnerable gubernatorial incumbent in the country, saddling North Carolina citizens with another massive tax increase will not enhance her standing among voters in 2012,” added De Luca.

The Civitas Poll is the only regular live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling see http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.

Full Text of Questions:

“Would you be more or less likely to vote for a legislator in 2012 who voted to raise taxes by over $800 million?”

Total More Likely – 15%
Total Less Likely – 73%

Much More Likely – 5%
Somewhat More Likely – 10%
Somewhat Less Likely – 17%
Much Less Likely – 55%
No Difference – 4%
Don’t Know/Refused – 8%

“Would you support or oppose a plan by Governor Perdue to raise taxes by over $800 million?”
Total Support – 17%
Total Oppose – 75%

Strongly Support – 6%
Somewhat Support – 11%
Somewhat Oppose – 12%
Strongly Oppose – 63%
Don’t Know/No Opinion/Refused – 8%

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Wow more tax?

The reason we pay tax is to help out the ecomony right? Well the more we raise it, the worse the economy get. I am also a college student right now and with this tax increase, at my minimum wage job, my paychecks have been next to nothing, I can't work more than 40 hours a week and I am getting about $400 every two weeks because the taxes is taking out $130 a week. Now I am trying to do everything I can to try and get some more cash to pay for school, when I should be focusing on my schoolwork. So this tax increase that is suppose to help out, is making us suffer!

Perdue wouldn't get my vote if she cut taxes!

Too many lies, too much deception and lack of attention to areas that need to have funding review and cuts. Pulling at the heartstrings of parents and children of the elderly to get tax increases rather than cutting out unnecessary programs and entitlements. Bad moves, bad strategies. It is obvious she cannot do this state any good when she is on top of her game (if there is such a thing)!

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the state was paying New Hanover County

liquor store administrator 300K/year and his son - a clerk - 110K/yr. and would STILL BE TODAY if WRAL didn't do some investigative reporting. There's clearly NO ONE MINDING THE STORE when it comes to state oversight. You're just throwing good money after bad by sending more of your money to them. This state government needs a complete overhaul. Until then, NO TAX INCREASES. Joe Citizen has spoken...

If she wants to raise taxes,

then she must match the tax increase by an equal reduction in state spending and educator compensation as well as health care costs must be excluded from any funds developed by the increase.