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Poll finds majority of Minnesotans support Dayton's tax package, cigarette tax

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Despite controversy during the 2013 legislative session, 58 percent of Minnesotans support the $2 billion in tax increases passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton into law, according the latest Minnesota Poll.

The poll, conducted by the Star Tribune, surveyed 800 Minnesotans contacted by phone between June 11-13. There is a 3.5 percent margin of error.

Tax hikes and a cigarette tax "enjoy broad support," the paper says, while the poll says 36 percent are not in favor.

While the question "The Legislature approved, and Governor Mark Dayton signed into law, a $2 billion tax increase that mostly raises taxes on top wage earners. Do you support or oppose this action?" had 58 percent supporting the increase, 36 percent opposed.

Among women, 68 percent support the tax package, while only 46 percent of men do. In the metro suburbs, support was also less than half, with 49 percent approving.

Perhaps not surprisingly, some 93 percent of those identified as DFL/Democrat support the increases, while only 22 percent of Republicans do; 54 percent of independent respondents support the taxes.

As for Dayton's $1.60 increase on a pack of smokes, 64 percent of those surveyed support the measure, which seems to cut across geographic lines: 73 percent of Hennepin and Ramsey county residents are in favor, as well as 56 percent in the metro suburbs and 62 percent in the rest of the state.

The poll also asked respondents about the latest kerfuffle involving the IRS investigating non-profit political groups.

T0 the question, "As you may know the IRS singled out some conservative political groups for extra questions about their tax status. Do you think it was appropriate or inappropriate for the IRS to do this?" 22 percent said the action was "appropriate," while 66 percent said it was not.

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