Poll: NJ Says No to Tax Increases [AUDIO]
This should come as no surprise, but New Jersey residents don't want to see their taxes increased according to a new poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind.
"Seventy-two percent say that despite the need for road and bridge projects, taxes should not be raised on gasoline despite the state's declining funds to pay for road improvements," said Krista Jenkins, director of PublicMind and professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. "Seventy-one percent also rejects an increased tax on water consumption in order to pay for open space preservation."
Opposition to the two tax increase ideas runs across party lines with the majority of Democrats and Republicans saying they don't support either tax hike plan.
Jenkins said it's clear by the poll results that most in the state are unwilling to tolerate raising gas and water taxes, but the same can't be said for increasing taxes on New Jersey's rich.
"When it comes to raising taxes on those making in excess of a million dollars annually voters sing a different tune. Sixty-three percent support raising the tax rate on top income earners with significantly fewer (31 percent) who are opposed."
There is a partisan divide on the millionaires tax hike with 78 percent of Democrats backing the idea while just 47 percent of Republicans support it.