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MPR Poll: Gas tax increase

Minnesota Public Radio
May 11, 2007

QUESTION: There is a proposal before the Minnesota State Legislature to raise the gasoline tax by 10 cents per gallon to pay for improvements to roads and bridges.

Support
37%
38%
36%
42%
29%
41%
Oppose
59%
60%
58%
51%
70%
57%
Undecided
4%
2%
6%
7%
1%
2%

QUESTION: Would you support or oppose a 5-cent-per-gallon increase in the gasoline tax to pay for improvements to roads and bridges?

Support
51%
51%
51%
59%
43%
51%
Oppose
45%
43%
47%
38%
50%
47%
Undecided
4%
6%
2%
3%
7%
2%




HOW THE POLL WAS CONDUCTED

The Mason-Dixon Minnesota Public Radio poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from May 7 through May 9, 2007. A total of 625 registered Minnesota voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All stated they vote regularly in state elections.

Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges was utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turn-out by county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a regional or gender grouping.

SAMPLE FIGURES:

REGION

Men 305 (49%) Women 320(51%)
Hennepin/Ramsey Counties 210 interviews
Twin Cities Suburbs 150 interviews
Rochester/Southeast 70 interviews
Southwest Minnesota 60 interviews
Northwest Minnesota 65 interviews
Duluth/Northeast 70 interviews