Ohioans Like Income Tax Cut Paid By Drillers

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Associated Press

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Updated Wed, May 9, 2012 12:49 pm

A poll finds Ohio voters strongly favor a proposal by Republican Gov. John Kasich to raise taxes on big oil and gas drillers to fund modest income-tax relief.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found voters favor the governor's tax trade-off idea 60 percent to 32 percent. The plan is stalled at the Statehouse.

The land and cellphone survey of 1,069 registered voters also found large majorities see jobs in oil and natural gas drilling and positives from casino gambling. Thirty-five percent had never heard of the hydraulic fracturing drilling method, while 47 percent considered it not at all likely they'd visit a casino in the next year.

The survey, conducted from May 2-7, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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