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Tue., Jan. 19, 2010, 2:02 p.m.

Realtors poll: On the wrong track?

Washington Realtors released results of a poll today that suggests voters are split on cutting the state budget or raising taxes.

Of the 600 voters polled:

55 percent said the state is on the wrong track, which is up from 44 percent in a July poll

50 percent said the governor and Legislature have to protect essential services, even if it means raising some taxes, while
45 percent said the last thing the gov and Lege should do is raise taxes, even if it means cutting important services and programs

Asked "what taxes?"
62 percent said don't extend the sales tax to business and personal services
71 percent said don't raise the business and occupation tax
84 percent said don't raise real estate excise or property taxes.

No word on how many people mentionedsome other tax, or had an idea of what it might raise if it were instituted or raised.

And 92 percent said they believe the real estate industry and housing market are vital to the state's overall economic recovery. (Good thing, too, considering the sponsor.)

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