March 16, 2003

With the deadline to file 2002 taxes less than one week away, a new survey conducted by InsightExpress, a professional online research firm, showed that the number of American taxpayers willing to pay higher taxes to combat terrorism rose 19 percentage points over last year to 48%. In the survey of 500 Americans, 1 in 3 said they are willing to pay more taxes to support the War in Iraq, while only 14% said they are willing to pay more to help rebuild the country once the War ends.

In fact more than half of all Americans (56%), both city and rural dwellers, said that they would be willing to pay more taxes in order to support homeland security initiatives and to protect against acts of terrorism on U.S. soil. More specifically, the survey found that U.S. citizens are willing to pay higher taxes for:

While Americans are willing to pay more taxes to combat terrorism, they are less eager to dig into their own pocketbooks to support rebuilding efforts once the war ends. Who should pay to rebuild Iraq? According to survey participants more than half claimed that the efforts to rebuild the country should be funded by Iraq itself (51%), followed by the United Nations (48%), the United States and the Coalition (27%), NATO (14%) and the United States alone (10%).

"In a less than bullish economy, Americans are willing to pay more taxes for initiatives that aim to combat terrorism close to home," said Lee Smith, president of InsightExpress. "While they are prepared to reach into their pocketbooks and part with their own disposable income, they are much less likely to do so for efforts outside of the United States."

The survey was created, distributed and tabulated during a 24-hour period in early-April 2003. The data has a tolerance of +/- 4.4%.

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