Public opposed tax hike to fund recovery efforts: survey

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A Mainichi survey showed that 58% of respondents were against increasing income and corporate taxes to fund recovery efforts of All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All Japan news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news after the catastrophic March 11 quake and tsunami. On the other hand, 39% supported a tax increase.

In terms of political affiliations of respondents, it was found out that for the Democratic Party of All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All All Japan news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news news, 56 % were for a tax increase while 43 percent were against it. For the New Komeito supporters, 75% of their people did not support a tax increase.

On the measure of increasing consumption tax to finance social security programs, 50% of respondents were against the measure while 48% supported it.

With these results showing public opposition to any tax hike, the government is expected to be increasingly pressured against any move to cut annual expenditure and increase non-tax revenues.

The Mainichi poll also asked respondents about whether or not they support restarting nuclear reactors which were earlier suspended and to which 50% expressed their approval as against the 47% who did not agree with it. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda earlier conveyed a proposal to restart the reactors upon confirmation of their safety and support from the host communities.

Asked if they believed Noda’s administration could bring a change in the restoration and recovery efforts, 73% opined that there would be no change at all, 18% said recovery and restoration efforts would actually speed up, while 7% believed it would even slow down.

Poll results also showed the approval rating of Noda’s Cabinet down with 6 points to 50% from previous September poll while disapproval rating was at 22%.

The survey was conducted nationwide on October 1 and 2.

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