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Poll: Put brakes on US gas tax

Two-thirds of Americans oppose increasing gas taxes, even if it means the revenue would go toward improving roads and bridges, a new poll shows.

Sixty-six percent of those surveyed say they are against a gas tax of up to 20 cents per gallon, with the money going to improve roads, bridges and building more mass transportation, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. Only 29 percent support such an increase while the remainder aren’t sure or didn’t answer.

Maryland lawmakers approved such an increase in the state’s gas tax for the first time in about 20 years, with lawmakers in 17 other states considering similar legislation, according to Gallup.

Democrats are more likely to support it — 40 percent of Democrats said they would vote for such an increase, with 55 percent voting against it. Among Republicans, 15 percent back it, while 84 percent oppose the gas tax boost. And with Independents, 30 percent support and 66 percent are against.

Gallup polled 1,018 adults from April 9-10, and pollsters can say with 95 percent confidence that it has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.

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