FOR RELEASE ON: November 4, 2013
CONTACT: Donald Bryson at (919) 710-0484 or DBryson@afphq.org
Americans for Prosperity Poll: Voters in favor of 2013 North Carolina state tax reform package
RALEIGH, NC – A new Americans for Prosperity poll indicates that a majority of likely North Carolina voters are in favor of tax reform legislation passed and signed into law this year.
Sixty-two (62) percent of voters believe that states with lower taxes are more likely to be economically competitive. Sixty (60) percent of voters approve of lowering North Carolina’s corporate tax rate, and a staggering seventy (70) percent of voters approve of lowering the current three personal income tax rates to a lower, single rate.
“It’s clear that North Carolinians have not received a lot of information about the tax reform package that the Governor and General Assembly passed this year, but when they are told about specifics of the new law, they overwhelmingly approve,” said Chris Marie Farr, Acting State Director for Americans for Prosperity’s North Carolina chapter. “In fact, voters believe that lowering the corporate tax will attract more businesses to North Carolina, and they want state government to be better at controlling its spending.”
Sixty-seven (67) percent of those polled said that businesses were more likely to move to North Carolina due to the lowering of the corporate tax rate.
Sixty-three (63) percent of voters said they disagreed with the notion that state government spending should increase every year. Going a step further, fifty-two (52) percent of voters were supportive of legislation to create a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), which would limit the growth rate of the state budget.
Farr continued, “We are excited and surprised by these poll results. Voters do not know a lot about the conservative tax reforms from the 2013 legislative session, but we view this as a great opportunity to educate the public. It also tells us that voters want groups like AFP to continue to fight to rein in government spending.”
The survey of 1,000 likely voters in North Carolina was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research on October 28-29, 2013. Pulse Opinion Research, LLC is an independent public opinion research firm using automated polling methodology and procedures licensed from Rasmussen Reports, LLC. The margin for error on the national results is +/-3.0 percent.
For questions or interview requests, please contact Chris Marie Farr, at CFarr@afphq.org or call 919-218-5071.
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org
Text of questions*:
1* Are economic conditions in North Carolina getting better or worse?
10% Staying the same
53% Not sure
2* How would you rate the job your state lawmakers are doing when it comes to dealing with the economy and jobs during the 2013 North Carolina legislative session?
19% Not sure
3* How much have you heard about tax reform that was passed during the 2013 North Carolina legislative session?
19% A lot
35% Not that much
14% Nothing at all
5% Not sure
4* (Only those who said “A lot” or “Some” to having heard about tax reform – 469 likely votes) Generally speaking, , do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the tax reform that passed during the 2013 North Carolina legislative session?
13% Strongly support
29% Somewhat support
17% Somewhat oppose
30% Strongly oppose
11% Not sure
5* Let’s talk about state taxes. A state is considered to be more economically competitive than another state if it attracts more businesses and has more economic activity. Which are more economically competitive — states with higher taxes or states with lower taxes?
13% States with higher taxes
62% States with lower taxes
25% Not sure
6* Next you are going to hear about tax reform that passed during the 2013 North Carolina legislative session. You will hear a number of components of the reform, and will be asked to react to each one individually. At the end of the series, you will be asked to think about all of the reforms together.
The current tax rate on businesses is 6.9 percent. Because of the tax reform that passed in July of this year, the corporate tax will be lowered to 6 percent in 2014 and again to 5 percent in 2015. Do you approve or disapprove of this change?
8% Not sure
7* Are businesses more or less likely to move to North Carolina because the corporate tax rate is lower?
67% More likely
10% Less likely
15% No difference
7% Not sure
8* Currently, personal income is taxed in three brackets ranging between 6 percent and 7.75 percent, based on your income. In 2014 the rate will fall to 5.8 percent for everyone. In 2015 it will fall to 5.75 percent for everyone. In general, do you approve or disapprove of this tax change?
15% Not sure
9* As I just mentioned, the state income tax system is changing from three different rates based on income to a single flat rate. That means that all taxpayers will pay the same percentage of their income in taxes. In general, is a flat rate more fair or less fair than having three different rates?
46% More fair
37% Less fair
16% Not sure
10* The recently passed tax reform will reduce the growth in the amount of money the state government takes in through tax collections by approximately $2.5 billion over the next 5 years. It is still projected to collect more overall in taxes as the economy grows. Does knowing this make you more supportive or less supportive of the new tax reform?
45% More supportive
21% Less supportive
19% No difference
15% Not sure
11* In general, do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree that the state government should increase spending every single year?
12% Strongly agree
23% Somewhat agree
29% Somewhat disagree
33% Strongly disagree
4% Not sure
12* Let’s turn now to future legislation. A bill has been filed at the North Carolina General Assembly to create a Taxpayer Bill of Rights. A Taxpayer Bill of Rights would amend the State Constitution to limit the annual growth rate of the state budget to only increases in inflation and the state’s population. Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose this Taxpayer Bill of Rights for North Carolina?
24% Strongly favor
28% Somewhat favor
10% Somewhat oppose
12% Strongly oppose
27% Not sure