Poll: N.J. split on rebates, back taxes on alcohol, tobacco

New Jersey voters are split 47%-48% on reducing or eliminating property tax rebates for everyone but senior citizens and the disabled, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released this morning. The most intense opposition to changes in the rebate system come from low income voters, whose rebates have been protected by Gov. Jon Corzine’s budget proposal.

By a 64%-33% margin, voters support an income tax increase for New Jerseyans making more than $250,000 a year. Not surprisingly, voters in that income group oppose the plan by a 66%-33% margin.

“One of the most controversial budget proposals, reducing or eliminating property tax rebates for most residents except the elderly and disabled, divides the voters right down the middle, not only overall but by political party as well,” said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Perhaps this cow is not so sacred after all.”

New Jerseyans are split 47%-47% on Corzine’s plan to furlough state workers. By a 65%-32% margin, voters back a plan to raise taxes on alcohol. They support a plan to hike cigarette taxes by a 75%-23% margin.

“The so-called sin taxes are the easy ones. Most voters say raise taxes on cigarettes, probably because most voters don’t smoke. Raising taxes on wine and liquor is also a 2 to 1 winner,” Richards said.

Poll: N.J. split on rebates, back taxes on alcohol, tobacco