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IFF poll: Overwhelming support for tax cuts

IFF poll: Overwhelming support for tax cuts

Wayne Hoffman
January 12, 2010
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January 12, 2010

A poll commissioned by the Idaho Freedom Foundation shows nearly a supermajority of Idahoans support cutting taxes to help boost the economy.

Research and consulting firm Greg Smith and Associates conducted the poll December 10-15, 2009 (excluding weekends) on behalf of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, Idaho's only free market education and research center.

The study itself was conducted among a total of approximately 400 Idahoans 18 years of age or older. The poll has a statewide margin of error of 5.0%. The data tables also show how the data compares by region of Idaho.

Idahoans were asked, "The Legislature is getting ready to cut spending this year. Should the Legislature cut taxes as well in an effort to spur economic development, increase personal income and create jobs?" Almost two-thirds (63%) of Idahoans agree that tax cutting should occur:

 Region 1  2 3 4  5 6  Total
 Yes  60.7%  52.9%  60.7%  60.9%  73.7%  68.2%  62.8%
 No  21.4%  17.6%  30.7%  26.1%  21.1%  18.2%  25.2%
 Not sure  17.9%  29.4%  8.6%  13.0%  5.3%  13.6%  12%


 Region Location  Examples
 1  North Idaho  Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint
 2  North Central Idaho  Moscow, Lewiston
 3  Southwest Idaho  Boise, Meridian, Nampa
 4  South Central Idaho  Twin Falls, Rupert, Ketchum
 5 Southeast Idaho  Pocatello
 6  Upper Snake  Idaho Falls, Rexburg


By comparison, only 25% of Idahoans say tax cuts should not occur, with 12% not sure/knowing.

Sentiment for tax cuts is above 50% in all parts of the state, although Region 2 residents (North Central Idaho) are somewhat more skeptical, with just over half of residents favoring tax cuts and 3 of 10 simply not sure. Sentiment for tax cuts is highest in Regions 5 and 6 (Eastern Idaho) with roughly 7 out of 10 residents in favor of tax cuts.

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