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Politics Northwest

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June 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Elway Poll: Resistance to transportation taxes softens a bit

A new Elway Poll, taken after the Skagit River Interstate 5 bridge collapse, shows raising taxes to make transportation improvements remains unpopular with a majority of Washington voters.

But pollster Stuart Elway said the objection to certain taxes to pay for transportation was not as great as in a similar poll in March.

A gasoline tax remains particularly objectionable, opposed by 63 percent of those in the new survey — down from 72 percent in March.

In the new survey, 53 percent opposed a license-tab tax increase, down from 62 percent in March.

And 52 percent opposed tolling major roadways, down from 61 percent in March.

Overall, 54 percent of those in the new survey agreed with the statement that we cannot afford to raise taxes to pay for transportation improvements at this time. Forty percent said we can’t afford not to improve our transportation system, so taxes will have to be raised.

The survey, with a plus-or-minus 5 percent margin of error, is based on telephone interviews with 402 state voters last week.

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