2017-11-01 / Front Page

Majority of Indiana residents approve gas tax hike to fix roads

The majority of Indiana residents approve of a recent gas tax hike designed to build and fix the state’s roads, says an initial finding of the Hoosier Survey from Ball State University in partnership with Old National Bank.

About 57 percent of respondents of the Hoosier Survey said they supported the tax increase while about 38 percent disapproved.

The Indiana General Assembly recently passed a road funding measure that increased the state gas tax by 10 cents per gallon and increased vehicle registration fees. This measure will raise an additional $1.2 billion.

The study also found the gas tax was:

· most popular among people ages 18-34 (65 percent approve, 28 percent disapprove)

· least popular among people age 55 and older (51 percent approve, 43 percent disapprove)

· most popular in southern Indiana: (63 percent approve, 27 percent disapprove)

The full results of the survey will be released Nov. 9. Old National Bank/ Ball State University Hoosier Survey has been conducted annually by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs since 2008. The nonpartisan public policy survey provides Indiana policymakers, citizens and news media with a measure of public opinion on current issues facing our state and nation. The Bowen Center contracted with the Princeton Survey Research Associates to poll 600 adults.

(by Charles “Chip” Taylor, political science professor and managing director of the Bowen Center)

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