A strong majority of voters say increasing energy taxes, such as those on oil and gas companies, could raise prices, kill jobs, and hurt the economy, a new Harris Interactive poll shows.
Seventy-four percent agreed that "now is not the time for politicians to raise energy taxes. They should solve the country's budget issues some other way" - with 56% "strongly" agreeing. This sentiment crossed party lines, as 64% of Democrats, 90% of Republicans, and 74% of Independents saying the timing isn't right for higher taxes.
Sixty-nine percent of voters said that increasing energy taxes "hurts everybody" because it could result in higher energy costs for consumers. Nearly half (48%) strongly agreed with this statement.
Jobs and the economy could also suffer from higher energy taxes, 57% of voters told Harris, which is not surprising given that the American Petroleum Institute estimates that the oil and natural gas industry supports 9.2 million jobs and 7.7% of the U.S. economy.