-- Poll results released Monday indicate that most Indiana residents approve
of a 10-cent fuel tax increase enacted by the Legislature this spring to
help fund statewide infrastructure projects.
University’s Hoosier Survey found that about 57 percent of participants
approved of the tax increase and about 38 percent disapproved.
The tax hike was
passed by the Republican-dominated Legislature and signed into law by
Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb as part of a package of tax and fee increases
that pumped money into the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.
It was most popular
among those ages 18 to 34, with 65 percent of such respondents backing it.
It was least popular among those 55 or older, with 51 percent supporting it
and 43 opposing it, the survey found.
increase was most popular in southern Indiana, where 63 percent of adults
released Monday are the latest from the annual poll, which surveyed 600
Indiana adults by phone between Oct. 2 and 15. The university has been
dribbling out results, with more expected, addressing issues like the
state’s prohibition of Sunday alcohol sales and its lack of a hate crimes
The poll has a
margin of error of plus or minus 5.3 percentage points.
The gas tax
findings come amid a blitz of appearances by Holcomb, who since summer has
touted new money for roads projects during news conferences held across the
While the survey
suggests most adults in Indiana support the increase, less clear is what it
means for Republicans lawmakers who voted to approve the hike.
The group Americans
for Prosperity recently launched a mail campaign targeting two key GOP
lawmakers who helped shepherd the measure through the Statehouse. The group,
the political arm of conservative industrialist billionaires Charles and
David Koch, says the campaign is an “accountability effort to call out” GOP
state Rep. Ed Soliday and state Sen. Michael Crider.
candidate Mike Braun, who is expected to step down from his Indiana
Statehouse seat on Nov. 1, also supported the tax increase. It’s a vote his
Republican primary opponents aren’t likely to let him forget.