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Americans Are Less Enthusiastic About Sales Tax Holidays

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Seventeen states nationwide will temporarily suspend some sales taxes to boost back-to-school shopping this year, but Americans seem less interested in taking advantage of sales tax holidays compared to past years.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 44% of American Adults say they are more likely to buy things during a sales tax holiday. That’s down from 54% two years ago and is the lowest finding in tracking since 2010. Fourteen percent (14%) say they are less likely to make purchases during a sales tax holiday, while 38% say it has no impact on their buying decisions. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 11 and 14, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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