Poll finds 28 percent support for GOP tax plan in Faso’s district

A poll conducted in Rep. John Faso’s district on behalf of the League of Conservation Voters found far more opposition than support for the Republican tax plan wending its way through Congress.

According to results announced on Tuesday, 28 percent of the 250 voters surveyed in New York’s 19th Congressional District supported the tax code changes, and 55 percent opposed them. The poll was conducted from Nov. 9-14 by Global Strategy Group and Bellwether Research and had a 6.2-point margin of error.

Respondents were also asked about allowing oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, a proposal included in the Senate tax bill to help cement the support of Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Opposition to drilling was even higher than to the overall tax bill: 68 percent of surveyed voters in Faso’s district were against the idea, and 25 percent were for it.

The League of Conservation Voters, which staunchly opposes opening the protected Alaskan territory to oil drilling, circulated those results and others from the district of Rep. Elise Stefanik – another New York Republican – as the Senate prepares to vote next week on the tax bill and its drilling provision. Both Faso and Stefanik opposed the House Republicans’ proposed tax changes, and they could vote in coming weeks on a version that’s even worse for New Yorkers – and has the Alaskan drilling thrown in – if the Senate bill goes through.

“The GOP tax plan is unpopular to begin with, but Rep. Faso and Rep. Stefanik’s constituents oppose drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge even more,” Alex Taurel, the leauge’s deputy legislative director, said in a press release“Selling out one of our nation’s most iconic wild places to Big Oil has no place in the tax debate. Reps. Faso and Stefanik should listen to their constituents and commit to vote against any tax bill that includes this polar payout to the oil industry.”

Faso opposed the bill that House Republicans passed because it would eliminate the deduction for state income taxes and cap the property-tax deduction at $10,000, harming households in high-tax states like New York (the Senate version is harsher because it would kill the property-tax deduction altogether). But in spite of his vote, the campaign arm of the House Democrats signaled this week that it plans to saddle Faso with his party’s tax plan, launching web ads that declared that “Faso’s Republican Congress has just sold out New York’s middle class families.”

Republicans have proposed eliminating or capping deductions like the one for state and local taxes to help offset revenue that will be lost by slashing the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent.

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