Iowans Want Restraints Applied to Government’s Ability to Grow

The most recent Iowans for Tax Relief Foundation Poll, conducted by Cygnal, shows a majority of Iowans want to see restraints applied to government’s ability to grow. Two-thirds of those surveyed (66.6%) support the legislature setting limits on how much a local government can tax and spend, while nearly as many Iowans (61.3%) would support a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds majority of the Iowa legislature to approve any future income tax hikes.

Finances are at the top of mind for voters, as inflation and the cost of living (24.1%) and taxes and government spending (16.3%) were identified as the top two issues Iowans find most important when voting for State Government Officials.

While Iowans were split as to whether things in Iowa are headed in the right direction (47.2%) or off on the wrong track (46.2%), they were overwhelmingly pessimistic about the direction of the United States, with 74.4% of respondents believing our country is on the wrong track.  This seemed to be reflected in how Iowans view President Joe Biden, with 65.4% of them holding an unfavorable opinion of the president.

Looking ahead to the 2024 presidential campaigns, a potential rematch of the 2020 election showed Donald Trump (46.4%) was preferred over Joe Biden (40.4%).  Similarly, Ron DeSantis (48.4%) was also picked over Joe Biden (38.1%) when Iowans were presented with that match-up.

(Complete poll results are available for download below)

ITR Foundation President Chris Ingstad said, “Given Iowans’ concerns about inflation, taxes and spending, and the cynical view they hold of where our nation is headed, it’s not surprising to see such strong support to limit income taxes and property taxes.  Iowans remain committed to fiscal restraint and responsible budgeting.”

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ITR Foundation Poll Methodology:

This probabilistic survey was conducted April 3 – 4, 2023, with 600 likely general election voters. It has a margin of error of ±3.92%. Known registered voters were interviewed via IVR and SMS. This survey was weighted to a likely general election voter universe.

About The Firm:

Cygnal is an award-winning international polling, public opinion, and predictive analytics firm that pioneered multi-mode polling, text-to-web collection, and emotive analysis. Cygnal consistently ranks as the most accurate firm, and clients rely on Cygnal’s ability to create intelligence for action. Its team members have worked in 48 states and multiple countries on more than 2,700 corporate, public affairs, and political campaigns.


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