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NEW POLL: Residents Say High Taxes, Tax Hikes Make Life in CT More Difficult Than Anything Else

February 7, 2018 By Staff
NEW POLL: Residents Say High Taxes, Tax Hikes Make Life in CT More Difficult Than Anything Else

The new poll, from Sacred Heart University's Institute for Public Policy, shines a spotlight on how the state's tax burden is weighing on Connecticut residents.

More than anything else, Connecticut residents find high taxes and state tax hikes as significant burdens on their standard of living in the state, according to a poll released this week by Sacred Heart University’s Institute for Public Policy.

The poll is Sacred Heart’s second. Reclaim Connecticut covered the first poll in October, including its findings that 93.7 percent of Connecticut residents are concerned about the high cost of living in the state and 90.9 percent of residents are concerned about the high overall tax burden.

One of the key findings of this second poll?

More than three-fifths of residents (64.9%) reported it was “very” or “somewhat” difficult to maintain their standard of living based on their current total household income.

When asked why, two reasons dominated above all others:

  • Increase/high taxes: 43.9 percent
  • Tax increase – state: 43.5 percent

Other top reasons include price increases in general goods (32.7 percent) and electric/gas/oil (30.4 percent), as well as insurance costs and “insufficient pay increases.”

Clearly, though, high taxes and tax hikes are on the mind of Connecticut voters.

It makes all the more curious some Connecticut Democrats’ strategy of leading with tax hikes in this legislative session, from the ‘taxes & tolls’ proposal of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) to a carbon tax proposal from some legislators.