October 24, 2004
Fall 2004 MTSU Poll
Majority Support for Tax Reform
Opposition is Just a Noisy Minority
“We’re batting 5 for 5 now,” states TFT
Board Chair Chris Daly of Chattanooga after seeing the new poll released
by MTSU last week. “Of the last five polls conducted by MTSU, all
five over the last two-and-a-half years show support for state tax reform
in the 60% range. Clearly, this is no fluke. This support is the real
The Survey Group at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)
has been asking the same basic question of voters across the state in
six consecutive polls since early 2002. The polls are conducted every
six months in spring and fall of each year. Shortly after the one-cent
sales tax hike took effect in 2002, support for tax reform, including
a state income tax, repeal of the food tax, and cuts in the sales tax,
jumped up from 46% in spring 2002 to 58% in fall 2002.
Ever since the sales tax hike took effect, support for real
tax reform has stayed in the 60% range according to the polls with the
most recent MTSU poll shows support for tax reform is 59%. Even more notable,
opposition to an income tax when coupled with repeal of the food tax and
reduction of the sales tax is only 29%!
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