A new poll has found that a majority of Iowa residents support a state gas tax increase in order to fund the construction and maintenance of state highways.

The Feb. 3 Loras College poll sampled 1,200 registered voters who participated in the 2014 general election. Participants were asked about several issues, including a recent proposal by legislators to increase the state gas tax by 10 cents-per-gallon to generate new transportation funding.

The survey found that:

  • Most voters (53 percent) support increasing the state gas tax, while 39 percent are against raising the tax and seven percent are undecided;
  • 45 percent who identified as Republican support increasing the state gas tax, with 49 percent opposed and five percent undecided;
  • 62 percent who identified as Democrat support increasing the state gas tax, with 31 percent opposed and seven percent undecided; and
  • 57 percent who did not identify with any party support increasing the state gas tax, with 35 percent opposed and nine percent undecided.

Dr. Christopher Budzisz, associate professor of politics and director of the Loras College Poll, noted that those who identified as Tea Party Republicans were the only segment strongly opposed to a state gas tax increase (67 percent against, 28 percent in favor). The second largest Republican segment polled (Mainstream Republicans) showed as being 59 percent in favor of a gas tax increase. The two other Republican groups who self-identified were opposed by margins of less than eight percent.  Democrats across the board were in favor of the increase, with the slimmest margin being in those who were unsure about self-identification (50 percent in favor).

To view the poll results, visit: http://loras.edu/About-Loras/News-Events/News/2015/Majority-Supports-Gas-Tax-Increase-to-Fund-Roads,.aspx?8