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White District residents are slightly more supportive of Mayor Vince Gray‘s tax-raising initiatives than black residents, according to the crosstabs on the recent poll commissioned by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute.
Those taking the poll were asked whether Gray’s proposals to make multi-state corporations pay more taxes, increase income taxes of those making $200,000 or more, and raise taxes from 12 percent to 18 percent on parking garages were acceptable. In each case, a higher percentage of white voters than black voters said yes. The biggest break was over parking taxes, with 83 percent of white respondents saying they were okay with the tax increase, while only 61 percent black residents said so.
Broken down by ward groups, respondents in largely white wards 2 and 3 were the most open to raising taxes on those making $200,000, with a whopping 91 percent saying they found Gray’s proposal acceptable. The mostly black wards 7 and 8, by contrast, had 82 percent of respondents finding the higher income tax rates okay. (Keep in mind that the margin of error on crosstabs is higher than on the overall poll, because the sample size is smaller for individual groups of respondents.)
Interestingly enough, the councilmembers from wards 2 and 3, Jack Evans and Mary Cheh, are both against Gray’s proposed income tax increase on the wealthy, while the councilmembers from wards 7 and 8, Yvette Alexander and Marion Barry, are currently in the “for” column.