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March 3, 2011

New Jerseyans have had it with tax increases of almost any kind, but 75 percent do see one exception: a sales tax on "luxury goods." A recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll on the state budget and tax programs showed that 75 percent of those in the Garden State support a luxury sales tax, with the highest earners (those making more than $150,000 a year) supporting it by 81 percent, 17 points higher than the 64 percent favorable rating by those making under $50,000 a year. (The poll comprised a weighted sample of 811 registered New Jersey voters with a margin of error of 3.4 percent.)

In contrast to a luxury goods tax, most New Jerseyans oppose raising the gas tax (70 percent), the state income tax (73 percent), highway tolls (57 percent), adding sales tax to clothing (61 percent) or increasing business taxes (56 percent).

"With consistent strong support for a tax increase on 'millionaires' and now this, New Jerseyans seem happy to ask the rich to pay more," said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University.

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