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April 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Elway poll: What do voters consider a tax increase?

A new Stuart Elway poll found that a slight majority of voters surveyed, 51 percent, don’t consider eliminating tax breaks to be a “tax increase.”

However, 56 percent of the people polled felt that continuing an existing tax due to expire is the same thing as a tax increase.

Both Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and House Democrats have proposed a combination of extending existing taxes and closing tax breaks to put more than $1 billion into education to meet a state Supreme Court mandate.

Elway , in his report, said that “A plausible explanation for these distinctions is that the question about closing tax breaks specifically mentioned industry tax breaks, whereas the question about extending temporary taxes did not specify who was paying the tax.”

The poll surveyed 409 registered voters earlier this month and has margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.

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