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Poll: Heavy Opposition to Raising Sales Tax

The new Brown poll gives Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio a 30 to 23 percent lead over his closest challenger, independent Lincoln Chafee. But the most worrisome number for the Chafee camp may be elsewhere.

The Brown survey asked voters about a series of proposals for balancing the state's budget. One of them: "raising the state sales tax." A full 73 percent are opposed and just 19 percent support.

Expanding the state sales tax to include previously exempt items is, of course, Chafee's signature campaign proposal.

The Brown poll's language - "raising the state sales tax" - is a bit different than Chafee's "expand the sales tax" language. And it is not couched, here, in the candidate's broader campaign rhetoric: I'm the politiician that will tell you the hard truth about what we need to do, even if it's difficult to hear. Still, the lopsided figure can't be encouraging.

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