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Poll: Philadelphians oppose tax hikes

April 23, 2009 9:27:56 AM PDT
A poll shows nearly nine out of 10 residents don't want to pay higher taxes. The poll of 800 residents was conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Researchers say 86 percent rejected Mayor Michael Nutter's proposal to increase property taxes over the next two years. The city faces a $1.5 billion budget deficit over the next five years.

Fifty-three percent oppose Nutter's proposal to raise the sales tax in the city by 1 percent. Sixty-eight percent oppose raising the wage tax, which some City Council members have proposed.

Sixty-eight percent oppose even a 1 percent cut in the city's work force.

The margin of error for the poll's entire sample is plus-or-minus 3.5 percentage points.

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