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Tennesseans oppose online sales tax

Published On: May 21 2013 02:51:56 PM CDT
Updated On: May 21 2013 03:20:04 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A new Vanderbilt University poll finds a majority of Tennesseans oppose the state enforcing online sales taxes, though respondents were split on whether the current system is fair to local businesses.

Fifty-five percent said that taxing online sales is a bad idea, while 38 percent said it would be good policy.

The U.S. Senate earlier this month passed a bill to empower states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases, but the measure faces a tough sell in the House. The change is supported by Gov. Bill Haslam and fellow Republican U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.

But Haslam enjoys a 63 percent approval rating among the 813 registered voters surveyed in the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.