Poll on State Budget Problems

Boosting taxes or tapping the state's "rainy day" reserve fund is not the way a majority in new statewide poll wants the state's strained budget to be reconciled.

Fifty-six percent of those surveyed by Christopher Newport University say they prefer the General Assembly and Governor Tim Kaine slash state spending to offset a projected shortfall.

And when asked what they would cut first, 55 percent of the 700 registered voters questioned said it should be transportation funding.

The poll's central question about fixing the shortfall was presented to respondents as three options. Thirty-one percent favored Kaine's proposal to pair spending cuts on some programs with supplements from the reserve fund. Nine percent favored higher taxes to cover the difference without using the rainy day fund. Five percent didn't know.

The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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