Ball State Study Shows "Surprising Support" For Indiana's Gas Tax Hike
MUNCIE, Ind. -- A Ball State University study shows most Indiana residents approve of the gas tax hike to pay to fix Indiana's roads.
The tax hike was passed this past legislative session, which detailed a 10-cent per gallon increase to your bill every time you go to fill up. While Bowen Center Managing Director Charles Taylor tells Inside Indiana Business the majority of support was expected, but it was the consistent level of support across all demographics that was surprising.
"We looked at demographic groups and across political party affiliation," Taylor said. "Those percentages of approval and disapproval were virtually unchanged. Every demographic we looked at the gas tax had majority supports and in some cases greater support."
The study shows that about 57-percent of respondents said they supported the tax increase, while about 38-percent disapproved. The tax hike was most popular among people ages 18-34, with 65-percent approval. The idea was least popular among those age 55 and older, with 43-percent disapproval.
Supporters of the road funding bill estimate the gas tax hike and increased vehicle registration fees will raise an additional $1.2 billion for infrastructure projects.