Poll finds 28 percent GOP support for gas tax increase, 15 percent opposed

Tennesseans for Conservative Action, a “voter education” group set up in 2015 by Republican political activists/lobbyists Mark Braden and Gregory Gleaves, has issued some findings from a poll of 600 “reliably Republican voters” on a proposed state fuel tax increase.

Here’s the summary version on that one issue:

Gas Tax: Governor Haslam has proposed a tax increase of 7 cents on each gallon of gasoline. Which of the following most closely matches your current feelings on the proposed bill?

21%: Support the gas tax increase to fund road improvements to ensure TN’s roads will be safer

7%: Support the gas tax increase to fund road improvements to ease traffic in my community

53% We should spend the $1 billion surplus before raising taxes.

15% I oppose the gas tax no matter what.

The poll covered other areas — Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker have high approval ratings, but not as high as Donald Trump. And 52 percent the surveyed Republicans indicated support for medical marijuana.

The full news release (which has no details on questions or methodology)  is HERE.

Note: A 2015 post on launching of TCA is HERE. (Robin Smith advises she is no longer active in the group.)

2 Responses to Poll finds 28 percent GOP support for gas tax increase, 15 percent opposed

  • Jerry McDonough says:

    As usual, the poll takers are talking to those with whom they agree on the tax issue and not a true cross section. I talk to people all the time and have yet to face anyone who agrees with the tax. I sure would like to talk to the pollsters 28% that support the tax. As I recall, polls said Trump could never be elected president too. It all depends on how one skews the poll.

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