Citizens Far More Opposed to a Sales Tax Increase than
they are to Tax Reform.
poll released in March 2000 shows citizens are far more opposed to a sales tax
increase than they are to tax reform. The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon
Polling & Research Inc. While the poll shows 56% of the public is opposed
to tax reform, including an income tax, it shows a startling 70% of the public
is opposed to increasing the sales tax.
This confirms an earlier poll conducted in October of last year
by Middle Tennessee State University, focusing on Middle Tennesseans.
That poll showed that while opposition to tax reform was strong, at 62%, opposition
to increasing the sales tax was 81%. Both polls show the same trend -
opposition to a sales tax increase is far greater than opposition to tax reform.
In a press release issued this week, TFT's Board Chair, Kelly
Lang-Ramirez stated, "If given a choice... most Tennesseans will choose
"If legislators think the political heat in Nashville is too much
now, wait till they start talking about a 9.25% sales tax," concluded Kelly
in the release.
Note: Also, be sure to check out a
summary of polls that shows most Tennesseans favor tax reform when asked
about the complete package (as opposed to just the income tax).