Tax Poll

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A survey commissioned by a foe of Gov. Bob Riley's tax plan found most Alabamians who voted in the September ninth referendum are hesitant about new state taxes as the state faces another year of budget shortfalls.

The Alfa Farmers Federation commissioned the telephone survey of 600 Alabamians. Those answering the survey reflected the outcome, about two-thirds voted against new taxes and one-third voted for.

Seventy-five-percent said that if their legislators now raised taxes without a vote of the people, they would be inclined to vote against the legislators at the next election.

Fifteen-percent said they would not be inclined to vote against their lawmakers, and ten percent said it would make no difference.

When asked which is more important, 77-percent said government accountability and 16 percent said new tax revenue. Seven-percent were uncertain.

And when asked whether state officials could be trusted with new tax revenue, 57-percent said they can't be trusted, and 27-percent said they can. The remaining 16-percent were uncertain.

The random telephone survey was conducted the week of Dec. 12 through Dec. 16 and has a sampling error margin of plus or minus four percentage points.

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