Percentage of registered Oklahoma voters polled who support income tax cuts, down from 52 percent in 2013. Support plummets to under 30 percent when voters are informed details about the plan.
Source: Global Strategy Group
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A new poll shows that over the last year, support for cutting Oklahoma’s personal income tax has dropped significantly among voters statewide, and less than half now support the plan to reduce the state’s top rate. Support drops even further when voters learn of the disparity in the size of the cuts across income groups. Very large majorities oppose cutting funding for state services such as education, public safety, and health care to pay for tax cuts.
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