Most Expect State or Local Tax Hikes In the Next Year
A sizable majority of Americans say their states are now having major budget problems, and they think spending cuts, not higher taxes, are the solution. But most expect their taxes to be raised in the next year anyway.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 78% of Americans say their home state is having a budget crisis. That’s a 19-point increase from July 2009. Only 10% say their state is not having serious budget problems, but 12% aren’t sure. (To see survey question wording, click here).
Seventy-one percent (71%) say the budget situation in their state is worse than it was a year ago. Just 11% say the situation is better, while 12% rate it about the same.
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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 19-20, 2010 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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