Two-Thirds of Americans Oppose Gas Tax Increase

Monday, 22 Apr 2013 12:39 PM

By Dan Weil

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Americans, it seems, are opposed in big numbers to increasing gasoline taxes to help finance highway and bridge improvements or construction of more mass transit systems, according to a new Gallup Poll.

The survey of 1,018 adults taken April 9-10 found that a huge majority of 66 percent of respondents would vote against a gasoline tax, while only 29 percent would support it.

The poll was taken two weeks after Maryland’s legislature passed the first gas tax increase in 20 years. The revenue from that hike are earmarked for infrastructure and mass transit projects. Analysts predict it will push gas prices 13 to 20 cents per gallon higher by mid-2016.

At least 17 other states — some Democratic-controlled and some Republican-controlled —
have recently approved or are considering gas tax or fee increases to finance infrastructure and mass transit, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

In the Gallup survey, 40 percent of Democrats said they would vote for an increase in the gas tax, while 30 percent of independents and 15 percent of Republicans said they would support it as well.

“It is not clear whether Americans' lack of support for this proposal stems from the type, amount or purpose of the tax,” Gallup’s Alyssa Brown said in statement released with the poll. “Americans may be opposed to increasing the price of gas — a necessary commodity for many individuals — during a fragile economy, regardless of how the resulting funds are used.”



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

New Election Rules Would Give Worker Information to Unions

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 11:39 AM

The Obama administration may change union election rules to grant unions access to workers' contact information as well  . . .

Supreme Court Declines to Revive Arizona Immigration Law

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 11:26 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a provision in an Arizona law that sought to criminalize the harbori . . .

Mayor of New Britain, Conn., Battles Fiscal Catastrophe

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 11:17 AM

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart spelled out to Newsmax her plan for the rescue and renaissance of the beleaguered municip . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved