Poll: New Yorkers want millionaires taxed more

August 6, 2008 8:22:25 AM PDT
A poll finds 78 percent of New Yorkers favor raising the income tax on New Yorkers who make $1 million or more a year as a way to get out of the state's fiscal crisis. The poll shows support for a proposal by the Assembly's Democratic majority to help fill a projected $6.4 billion deficit for the coming year. Opponents say a higher tax will drive employers away.

The Quinnipiac University poll also gives Democratic Gov. David Paterson his highest marks yet. Sixty-four percent of New Yorkers approve of what he's done in his first four months on the job, including his tough-talk call for action on the state's financial woes.

The poll interviewed 1,409 voters last Thursday through Monday.

It has a margin of error of about 3 percentage points.