The idea of extending the state’s 5 percent income tax rate is less unpopular than it once was, according to a new survey. This comes from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. Those who oppose extending the tax rate were 56 percent of respondents, down from 60 percent in the spring. Furthermore, “opposition to any taxation at all is a question we’ve been asking for five or six years, and this year, opposition to any taxation is lower than it has been since we’ve been asking it, said professor Charles Leonard, so supervised the poll.
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The survey also finds that over the last five years, those who think more revenue is the solution to the state’s problems grew from 9 percent to 15, those who say cut waste has gone down from 56 to 43, and those who favor a combination has gone up from 27 to 32. The survey consisted of live interviews with 1,006 registered Illinois voters, 30 percent of whom were contacted on cell phones. The margin of error is +/- 3 percent.