Illinois residents want the temporary income tax increase to be allowed to expire, according to a new survey.
More than 60 percent of those surveyed by Southern Illinois University’s Paul Simon Institute of Public Policy oppose the idea of making the hike permanent.
“That’s not surprising,” said John Jackson, one of the political scientists directing the poll. “People generally don’t like taxes, and generally want to get to rid of taxes if at all possible so, I must say, it’s a very predictable kind of response.”
Jackson says the poll probed further, asking if they would still oppose keeping the increase if they knew it would add $2 billion to the state’s budget deficit. That didn’t seem to sway many, as 73 percent remained opposed to letting the hike stay in place.
The survey also asked what programs should be cut to make up for the loss in revenue. None of the suggestions, such as cutting spending on education, natural resources, or pensions, were supported by a majority of respondents..
As a general solution to the state’s budget problems, most favored the “cutting waste and inefficiency” option, which Jackson characterized as an unrealistic “cop out” answer.