Minnesota Poll: Deficit solution -- tax hikes and spending cuts

  • Article by: DAVE BRAUNGER
  • Updated: May 15, 2011 - 12:43 AM

Do you think the state's 5 billion budget deficit should be balanced primarily through a reduction in services or through a combination of tax increases and service reductions?

Primarily service reductions 27%
Tax increases and service reductions 63%
Don't know/refused 10%

Source: Star Tribune Minnesota Poll, 548 Minnesota adults, May 6-9. Sampling error +/-5.7 percentage points.

 

MINNESOTA POLL: PREFERRED TAX HIKES, SPENDING CUTS

"As I read you some state spending cuts being considered to fix the budget deficit, please tell me which one would be most acceptable to you. The choices are..."

Reducing spending on mass transit 48%
Reducing aid to colleges and universities 15
Reducing aid to cities and counties 13
Reducing health care assistance for lower income people, the elderly and disabled 8
None of these are acceptable (volunteered) 13
Don't know/refused 3

 

"If the state decides to raise additional revenue to balance the budget, which one of the following would be most acceptable to you? The choices are..."

Raising Minnesota income taxes for high earners 39%
Raising taxes on liquor and cigarettes 37
Increasing user fees for some government services 12
Increasing the sales tax 7
None of these are acceptable (volunteered) 5
Don't know/refused 1

"Do you think the effort in some states to limit collective bargaining by public employees is more about..."

Weakening unions 47%
Controlling government costs 39
Don't know/refused 14

Source: Star Tribune Minnesota Poll, 806 Minnesota adults, May 2-5. Sampling error +/-4.7 percentage points.

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