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Civitas poll shows support for tax amendment

A new poll by the conservative Civitas Institute shows strong support among unaffiliated voters for a constitutional limit on raising income taxes.

Sixty-one percent of respondents said they support an amendment that would require two-thirds of the House and Senate to approve all income tax increases. Twenty-seven percent said they would oppose it.

The proposal, known here and in other states as a Taxpayers Bill of Rights, came from the Senate but the House has not yet taken it up. Senate Bill 607 would also limit spending to a rate based on inflation and population growth, and require annual appropriations into an emergency fund. The maximum income tax rate would fall to 5 percent.

The poll was small and has a large margin of error. It was conducted by a national conservative research firm.

It was taken of 400 registered unaffiliated voters between Aug. 10 and 12, who voted in at least one of the past two general elections, or had registered to vote after Nov. 1, 2014. The margin of error is 4.9 percentage points. Thirty percent were cell phone-only users.