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58% Favor Sales Tax Holidays for School Shopping

Thursday, August 11, 2011

There are currently 17 states that offer a “sales tax holiday” – a brief suspension of sales taxes – to encourage back-to-school shopping.  Most Americans nationwide support this idea.  

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of American Adults favor a so-called sales tax holiday, while 28% are opposed.  Another 14% are not sure.  These findings show little change from this time last year.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Just over half (52%) say they’re more likely to buy things during a sales tax holiday.  Just 18% are less likely to purchase items during this holiday, and another 26% say it has no impact. 

Forty-three percent (43%) says their state briefly suspends sales taxes at this time of year to encourage back-to-school shopping.  Forty-five percent (45%), however, do not live in a state that participates in a sales tax holiday.  Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.

Many public school systems are following the lead of private schools by requiring students to wear uniforms.  Only 36% of Americans believe school uniforms should be a requirement, while 53% disagree.  Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.  Opposition towards uniforms is up seven points from August 2008.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on August 6-7, 2011 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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