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Civitas Poll: North Carolina voters support tax cuts

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THE FOLLOWING IS A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CIVITAS INSTITUTE:

Raleigh, N.C. – As North Carolina’s unemployment numbers remain high, 77 percent of voters support cutting taxes to boost job creation, according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.

According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, 77 percent said they would support cutting taxes to encourage job creation even if it may require additional cuts in government spending in the short run. Nineteen percent of voters said they do not support cutting taxes.

“North Carolina voters’ support spurring job creation by cutting state taxes even if this requires more cuts to government services and spending,” said Civitas Institute Francis De Luca.

There is bipartisan support for tax cuts as Republicans back the idea by an 86 percent-11 percent margin along with a majority of Democrats (71 percent-23 percent). Seventy-six percent of unaffiliated voters also support proposed tax cuts.

Furthermore, 69 percent of voters approved of Congress passing a compromise plan which included tax cuts for all Americans, unemployment aid extensions, a cut in payroll taxes for 2011, and tax breaks for small businesses. Twenty-five percent of voters said they did not think Congress should pass this compromise plan.

“This is further evidence that voters view tax cuts as necessary to spur job creation and to getting the economy on track,” added De Luca.

The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling see www.nccivitas.org/media/poll-results/.

Full text of questions:

“Would you support cutting taxes to encourage job creation even if it might require additional cuts in government spending in the short run?”

Yes – 77%

No – 19%

“As you may know, President Obama and Congressional Republicans reached an agreement on a plan to extend the tax cuts for all Americans that were scheduled to expire at the end of the year. The compromise plan also includes an extension of unemployment aid for unemployed Americans, a cut in payroll taxes for 2011 and tax breaks for small businesses. Do you think Congress should or should not pass this compromise plan?”

Should Pass It – 69%

Should Not Pass It – 25%

This poll of 600 registered voters in North Carolina was conducted December 15-16, 2010 by Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, Virginia. This survey has a margin of error of +4.0% in 95 out of 100 cases. To ensure a representative sample, interviews were conducted proportional to voter registration figures for each county in the state based on the most recent figures compiled by the State Board of Elections.

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