ALBANY - More than eight in 10 voters expect tax increases to be used to close next year's $9-billion budget deficit, despite promises from Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to the contrary, according to a poll released Thursday.
The Quinnipiac University Poll found 82 percent of registered voters forecast tax hikes to help balance the 2011-12 budget. Thirteen percent said there would be no increases, and 5 percent didn't know.
By 66 percent to 31 percent, voters oppose raising taxes to remedy New York's fiscal woes. The sentiment is seen among all demographic groups and regions of the state.