by Sarah Curry
Director of Fiscal Policy Studies
After another heated legislative session discussing tax rates, it’s no wonder there has been a poll asking citizens which they prefer. A recent High Point University poll answered some questions that directly relate to what the legislature did with regards to tax reform.
The Asheville Citizen Times paper reported on the poll, and below are the questions that were asked along with their responses – what do you think?
Question: Do you regard the amount of income tax you will pay this year as fair or unfair?
Fair – 39 percent
Unfair – 52 percent
Don’t know/refused – 8 percent
Question: Do you regard the amount of sales tax you will pay this year as fair or unfair?
Fair – 56 percent
Unfair – 40 percent
Don’t know/refused – 4 percent
Question: Do you think that the state of North Carolina should receive more of its revenue from sales taxes or income taxes?
Sales taxes – 48 percent
Income taxes – 27 percent
Neither – 8 percent
Equal amounts of both – 8 percent
Don’t know – 9 percent
Question: The North Carolina General Assembly has recently passed legislation that would increase the proportion of revenue the state receives from sales taxes and decrease the proportion of revenue the state receives from income taxes. Do you approve or disapprove of this change in tax policy?
Approve – 55 percent
Disapprove – 34 percent
Don’t know/refused – 11 percent