Gov. Tim Walz’s proposals to raise taxes on everyday activities such as driving a car or ordering from Amazon are wildly unpopular with Minnesotans, according to the latest Thinking Minnesota poll taken February 26-29, 2023. Walz’s proposal to raise car tab fees is opposed by 81% of Minnesotans, including 86% of Independents. His proposal to create a new tax on deliveries from Amazon or Door Dash is opposed by 72% of Minnesotans and 72% of Independents. The poll results were released by Center of the American Experiment today as the Minnesota legislature continues work on the next two-year state budget.
“With a $19 billion state budget surplus, I’m surprised anyone in Minnesota thinks it’s a good idea to raise taxes, especially on car tabs or home deliveries,” said John Hinderaker, President of Center of the American Experiment.
The poll was conducted by Meeting Street Insights, a nationally recognized polling operation based in Charleston, South Carolina. Using a mix of cell phones and landline phones, the company interviewed 500 registered voters across Minnesota from February 26-28, 2023. The margin of error is +-4.38 percent.
Independents are strongly against the Walz tax increase agenda, and in all cases, they match or exceed opposition from their fellow Minnesotans.
Raising the sales tax in the metro area to pay for transit projects is opposed by 58% of Minnesotans and 58% of Independents.
Creating a new state tax on capital gains is opposed by 61% of Minnesotans and 78% of Independents.
Creating a new payroll tax to pay for a state-run paid family leave program is opposed by 50% of Minnesotans and 71% of Independents.
Creating a new fif th-tier income tax on households making over $250,000 is supported by 53% of Minnesotans but opposed by 57% of Independents.