Survey: Majority of Illinois voters support graduated income tax

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — A recent survey shows that a broad majority of Illinois voters support a graduated income tax.

The study was conducted by National Public Radio and the University of Illinois Springfield.

According to the results, 67 percent of registered voters support the graduated tax, in which people who earn more money pay a higher tax rate, and people who earn less pay a lower rate.

The state currently has a flat tax system, in which residents at all income levels pay the same 4.95% tax rate.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker made the tax proposal a centerpiece of his campaing.

Democrats and Independents who lean left support the plan the most, at 79 percent, while Independents registered 59 percent support, and Republicans and and Independents who lean right at 45 percent.

The plan had it’s strongest support in Cook County (69%).

The proposal was approved by the legislature this past Spring, but because it would change the Illinois Constitution, it will need to be voted on in the next election in November 2020.

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