As Oregon legislators wrestle with how to begin to close the budget gap, a coalition of health advocates has released a poll that finds strong support for a $1/pack increase in the state cigarette tax.
According to the poll:
71% of Oregonians support a $1/pack tax increase, including 59% of Republicans.
Support inside the Willamette Valley and outside is the same -- 68%.
Even among the 39% of voters who say "no tax increases on anyone", there is 57% support for increasing the tobacco tax.
As compared to other tax options - like beer/wine taxes, soda pop taxes, eliminating the kicker; or spending-cut options - like cutting highway spending, reducing higher ed funding, shortening the school year, and more - the tobacco tax comes out way ahead.
The pollster - Davis, Hibbits & Midghall - surveyed 500 registered Oregon voters. Margin of error is 4.4%.