The Yankee Institute has released a poll showing support for cutting spending, and opposition to raising taxes. Some of the highlights:
By 72-28 percent, voters say the state should cut spending rather than raise taxes to plug the $8 billion budget deficit.
By 66-34 percent, voters say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who voted to raise the income tax.
By 54-46 percent, voters say Gov. Rell’s support for higher taxes makes them less likely to vote for her.
45 percent of voters say they have considered moving out of Connecticut due to the state’s high taxes.
Voters also favored cutting the sales tax and the inheritance tax, and also approved raising the income tax (56%-44%).
Interestingly, while an overwhelming number of Republicans favored cutting spending, fully half of Democrats also favored spending cuts over tax increases. Democrats strongly (72.5%) favored raising taxes on the wealthy, as did a slight majority of independents (52.6%). Majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents said that the governor’s support for tax increases made it less likely that they’d vote for her. Thoughts of moving out of state because of higher taxes were somewhat stronger in the 4th and 5th congressional districts.
Some of these numbers seem a little high–45% have thought about moving out of state because of taxes? Wow. But at the very least, the poll shows that Connecticut voters would much rather see more spending cuts instead of an income tax increase.
More data here.