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Poll: Ohioans dislike change in sales tax

Published: Sat, March 2, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

On gun control, more favor views of NRA over those of president

By Marc Kovac



Ohioans aren’t too keen on Gov. John Kasich’s plan to levy sales taxes on services, but they’re open to his plan to expand medical benefits for the needy.

That’s according to poll numbers released Friday by the Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which regularly gauges Ohioans’ views on candidates and issues.

Among 1,011 registered voters polled late last month, 48 percent think Kasich’s plan to lower income tax rates by levying new sales taxes is a bad idea, versus 42 percent who said the opposite.

But that same margin said expanding Medicaid eligibility is a good idea, even though most (48 percent-39 percent) disapprove of the federal Affordable Care Act, known informally as Obamacare.

The sales tax and Medicaid issues are prominent in the Statehouse budget debate, with some Republicans not convinced that either move is right for the state.

“Gov. John Kasich is popular, but voters don’t like his view that the income tax should be cut and the sales tax broadened as a preferable way to raise state revenue,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the polling institute, said.

“When it is explained to them that Kasich wants to cut the sales tax from 5.5 to 5 percent and increase the services that would be subject to the sales tax, they like that idea even less, 51-40 percent.”

The poll results have a margin of error of about 3 percentage points.

Among other findings:

Ninety percent of respondents favored requiring background checks for all gun purchases, and 53 percent support a national ban on assault weapons.

Fifty-seven percent said gun ownership makes people safer, versus 33 percent who said the opposite. And 49 percent said the National Rifle Association “best reflects their views on guns,” compared with 40 percent who sided with President Barack Obama.

“On gun policy public opinion might be seen as a paradox,” Brown said. “Voters [overwhelmingly] favor background checks for those buying guns and want to ban assault weapons and ammunition clips with more than 10 bullets — positions that are in opposition to those espoused by the NRA.

Yet, they see the NRA more in tune with their views on gun policy than President Barack Obama, who favors background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”


1redeye1(5423 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Who did they poll? The welfare crowd who might have to paid more in taxes. I 've had said, I like the plan because everyone has to pay something, instead of just the working class paying for all with the income tax

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2Gman(46 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

“... When it is explained to them that Kasich wants to cut the sales tax from 5.5 to 5 percent and increase the services that would be subject to the sales tax ..."

Now, WHY would Kasich want to do this? Answer: He wants to suck more money out of our wallets and send it Columbus, so they can pay their ever increasing salaries.

EVERY Tax increase on us (now on additional services) , is a PAY CUT for US and PAY INCREASE for THEM.

And about 1/2 of the people polled are FOR this? Only because it is NOT explained to them that NET more money will taken from our wallets!

Now, WHO is FOR that?

And then in a Year or two State Sales Tax will just be raised back up to 5.5% - We lose again.

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3redeye1(5423 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Gman Like i said at least with this plan everyone will pay their share. Wheter your are wealthy or poor we will all pay the same. besides how many poor people have any use for CPA's, and attorneys all the time anyway. Secondlty why should certain groups get away will out paying any tax. You liberals want everyone equal, now that it affects your pocket you don't want it TOO BAD!!!!!!

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