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CNU's Wason Center Releases Survey on Gas Tax-Sales Tax Swap

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Governor Bob McDonnell's idea to change the way Virginians are taxed in order to pay for transportation is getting a favorable review from voters.

That's according to a survey from Christopher Newport University's Wason Center for Public Policy.

More than 1,000 registered voters took the survey. The idea is to scrap the gas tax, which means lower prices at the pump, and raise the sales tax, which means higher prices at the mall.

According to the survey, people support the governor's plan to cut gas taxes altogether and raise sale taxes by a two-to-one margin. He's proposing raising the sale tax from 5 percent to 5.8 percent.

Geoff Skelley of the University Virginia Center for Politics says it makes sense people find it a reasonable tradeoff.

"As vehicles use less and less gas and we have more mileage per gallon for cars and they improve over time, there's going to be less and less money coming from the gas tax and we have to pay for our roads somehow," he said.

The director of the Wason Center, Quentin Kidd, said in a statement this is the first time in a very long time that Virginians have supported any kind of transportation plan.

Although two thirds of survey participants are for the gas tax-sales tax swap, most oppose moving money from other parts of the state's budget to pay for transportation.

Voters also are against any kind of new tax or toll for transportation, and they say transportation should be funded by everyone in the state, not just regionally.

That survey has a 3.1 percent margin of error. To take a look at the survey, click here.

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