Vanderbilt poll finds support for modest gas tax increase
As Gov. Bill Haslam crisscrosses the state trying to build support for a gas tax increase, a new Vanderbilt University poll finds voters are willing to pay more to improve roads and bridges.
That’s a contrast to a similar poll in May that found only 25 percent of voters supported an unspecified gas tax increase.
For the new survey, conducted in November, pollsters asked about specific increases. This poll found 66 percent of Tennessee voters were willing to pay 2 cents more per gallon and 54 percent were willing to pay 8 cents more.
Poll Co-Director John Geer said that shows the public will support a modest increase if they know the exact amount.
Most Republican legislative leaders have said they oppose a gas tax increase in an election year.