Poll Reports Wide Support For Cigarette Tax Hike For Schools

Nashville (AP) -- A statewide poll commissioned by supporters of a cigarette tax hike to increase school funding shows seven in ten Tennesseans support it.

The survey of 500 Tennesseans found that 49 percent strongly favor the cigarette tax plan, and that 21 are somewhat in favor. Eleven percent said they are somewhat opposed and 17 percent said they are strongly opposed.

The poll was conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group of Washington and has an error margin of plus or minus four and a half percentage points.

Democratic Governor Bredesen wants to triple the cigarette tax to 60 cents per pack with most of the money going to kindergarten through college education.

Republican members of the legislature have resisted the proposal. They argue the state should be cutting the six percent tax on groceries.

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