As The Ohio Star reported Tuesday, Baldwin Wallace found that just 6.5 percent of Ohioans “strongly support” an 18-cent increase, while 32 percent “oppose” the increase and another 23 percent are “strongly” opposed.
The Buckeye Institute released the results of its poll Wednesday and came up with similar numbers. A whopping 65 percent of respondents said they “oppose the proposed gas tax increase,” compared to 24 percent who said they support it.
The Ohio Senate proposed a six-cent increase in place of DeWine’s 18-cent figure, and 55 percent of respondents said they support the lower increase. Additionally, 51 percent believe that any gas-tax increase should be offset “by cutting taxes and spending in other areas in order to neutralize the impact on working families.”
“Ohioans have spoken clearly: they are taxed enough already, thank you very much,” said Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute. “Ohioans want good roads, but a majority of them expressed that any tax increase to pay for roads should be small and they also demanded that any increase in the gas tax should be offset by corresponding spending cuts or other tax cuts.”
“As the conference committee begins its work today, The Buckeye Institute strongly urges policymakers to respect the opinion of voters and refrain from increasing the tax burden on Ohioans,” he added.
The Buckeye Institute’s poll, conducted by Cor Strategies, surveyed 2,042 Ohioans and had a 2.17 percent margin of error.
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