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Most New Jerseyans still oppose the gas tax hike, poll shows

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An increase in the gas tax is something most New Jerseyan's aren't keen on.
An increase in the gas tax is something most New Jerseyan's aren't keen on. - ()

As New Jersey’s leadership continue to explore options for restoring transportation funding, a majority of its residents still rate a gas tax hike unfavorably — and think an entirely unrelated solution is needed.

Yet, a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll found that there’s at least some people warming up to the idea.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents to the survey said they were unwilling to pay more at the pump for the needed road and bridge repairs. But Back in April, the same poll revealed 7 percent more New Jerseyans were against it.

The largest gains in support for a gas tax hike come from residents in the state’s northwest region (up to 43 percent from 12) and in the southern, Philadelphia-bordering suburbs (up to 44 percent from 16).

Overall, suburban support went up four points (reaching 36 percent) while urban residents changed their level of support none at all (remaining at 38 percent).

In asking respondents to select from a batch of alternative options, the poll revealed that most New Jerseyans have decided that solutions involving the gas tax and borrowing just aren’t agreeable.

The poll laid out three choices: adding 15 cents per gallon to the gas tax, applying the current 7 percent state sales tax to gasoline purchases, or borrowing money for transportation improvements.

The answer? For most (54 percent), it was none of the above.

The least popular was borrowing funds (8 percent supported it). And the remaining percent was split evenly between the other two options.

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