There is strong support for reinstating the state cap on the gasoline taxes, according to a new poll.
About 80 percent of North Carolina residents said they want the legislature to place a cap on the state gasoline tax, which is due to rise from 32 cents to 36 cents a gallon in July as a result of increasing gas prices, according to a survey conducted for the Civitas Institute, a Raleigh-based conservative advocacy group.
Only 15 percent said the tax should continue to rise, while 5 percent said they did not know or refused to answer.
The spin: North Carolina's gas tax is already significantly higher than neighboring states, said Brian Balfour, a policy analyst with the Civitas Institute. Raising the tax even higher will just encourage more consumers purchase their gas along with other items purchase at the station's convenience store in other states.
The survey of 600 North Carolina registered voters was conducted May 10-11 by National Research Inc. of Holmdel, N.J. and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.