Voter Support for Income Tax Cuts Falls (Public Radio Tulsa)

By Matt Trotter

A new poll shows falling voter support for Oklahoma personal income tax cuts.

Approval of income tax cuts fell from 52 to 46 percent. When surveyed voters were asked if they approve of cuts an analysis says would largely benefit the top 1 percent of Oklahoma households, less than one-third did.

“There really is nobody at this point, no constituency out there clamoring for tax cuts,” said Oklahoma Policy Institute Executive Director David Blatt. “At the same time, you have a legislature that still seems hell-bent on passing a tax cut whether anybody’s asking for one or not.”

Tax cut support among voters is even lower when asked which public services they favor cutting to support lower income taxes.

The poll also asked voters whether an educated and well-trained workforce or low personal income tax rates were more important to economic growth in the state.

“People understand that it’s an educated and well-trained workforce,” Blatt said. “Seventy-four percent responded that an educated workforce is what’s needed to create economic growth, compared to 17 percent who said low personal income tax rates.”

The poll of 610 registered Oklahoma voters was conducted earlier this month by Washington, D.C.-based Global Strategy Group.

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