Voters oppose income, sales tax hikes to fund property tax relief, says Lonegan poll

By a 3-1 margin, New Jersey voters oppose higher state income and sales taxes for increased aid to cities and towns, and 23% support higher income and sales taxes while 69% oppose them, according to poll conducted by Americans for Prosperity.

“These results show New Jersey voters in all 21 counties and across all demographics reject the conventional wisdom of the past forty years that income and sales taxes need to increased in order to provide so-called ‘property tax relief’,” noted Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, executive director of Americans for Prosperity who sponsored the survey.

“Voters reject the notion that has been pushed by both parties that we need higher and higher income and sales taxes to ‘solve’ the problem of high property taxes,” Lonegan said. “Taxpayers know that the only way to control high taxes is to approach the root causes: runaway spending caused by out-of-control union contracts, state mandates and pension and health benefits totally out of line with the private sector.”

The survey also showed that just 17% support a proposed sale of state highways like the Turnpike, Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway so the state can have additional monies for urban school construction, health care for the poor, low income housing and open space purchases. 75% oppose this key part of the Corzine Administration’s agenda.

“The public rejects the notion that we must hock our assets in order to expand the nation’s most bloated big government welfare state,” added Lonegan. “Governor Corzine’s priorities are clearly not the same as the men and women who must pay his taxes.”

Only 22% support a new tax to fund a program allowing any New Jersey employee ten weeks of paid leave if they felt they needed it while 71% oppose this idea. Just 29% would support construction of high density townhouses and condominium projects in their town as a way to preserve open space while 65% would oppose this kind of housing.

A majority of 51% of respondents believe that revenue from the state’s gasoline tax should be spent mostly on roads while 23% support the current policy of spending most of these dollars on mass transit.

When asked what the number one problem was facing the state, 53% said high taxes with an additional 5 percent saying high debt or overspending for a total of 58%. 12% of voters said political corruption was the top problem, 5% mentioned education, 4 % health care, 3% crime, drugs or gangs and 3% said politicians.

35% of voters said the state was going in the right direction while 51% said it was off on the wrong track. 22% of voters said they were liberal, 42% percent moderate and 34% percent conservative.

41% of respondents are registered Democrats, 34% Republicans and 25% undeclared. When asked which party they wanted to see run the legislature, Democrats led 38%-36%.

“This survey shows that just about everything policymakers and political insiders say and think about our state is wrong and that it’s time to move back in the opposite direction — towards lower taxes, less spending, fewer liberal ‘feel-good’ programs and an end to high-density overdevelopment in our towns,” Mayor Lonegan added. “The November 6th general election will give these voters an opportunity to put a stop to this nonsense by voting against the liberal big spending ballot questions on this November’s ballot.”

Neighborhood Research of Franklin, New Jersey completed 590 calls to registered voters who had participated in both the 2005 and 2006 general elections and who described their chances of voting in the 2007 legislative and local elections as “definite” or “very likely.” The overall sample has a margin of error of +/- 4.0 percent in 95 percent of cases. Calls were made between September 17th and September 27th, 2007.

Voters oppose income, sales tax hikes to fund property tax relief, says Lonegan poll