March 11, 2014 | Number of The Day
Number of registered voters who oppose a hike in the gasoline tax until they learn more

As a rule, New Jerseyans are against any discussion of any type of tax hike — including the idea floated recently by NJ Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto that the state should once again consider increasing the gas tax. A recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll showed 65 percent of registered voters against the idea of raising the gas tax, even when it would be used to finance road maintenance and improvements. Only 29 percent were supportive.

However, once the polltaker told respondents that that state had the third-lowest gas tax in the nation and that it hadn’t been increased in more than 20 years, support for the idea was on the upswing. Overall, 59 percent of people still opposed the idea, with only 39 percent saying they supported it. Nevertheless, a slight majority (51 percent) of those with incomes more than $100,000 said they would support the hike when they were told the new information.