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Poll: Americans Willing to Pay Higher Taxes for Infrastructure Improvements

More than two-thirds of Americans would support a tax increase for improved infrastructure, according to the results of a poll conducted by the political organization Building America's Future. The poll results found that 94 percent of Americans are concerned about the nation's infrastructure, and 81 percent would support a 1 percent tax increase to facilitate the rebuilding process. But that extra spending would require strong oversight - 61 percent of those polled said that accountability their highest priority in the rebuilding process. "The numbers don't lie; a majority of Americans want to invest in building up our nation's infrastructure, but they want to know that their money is being spent wisely," says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, co-chair of Building America's Future; Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania are also co-chairs. The poll also found that the rebuilding of energy facilities is Americans' top choice for how the money is spent, with roads and highways second and water treatment facilities third. The poll of 800 American adults (age 18+) was conducted by Luntz, Maslansky Strategic Research on December 22, 2008 and has margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

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