Poll finds more optimism for Wisconsin economy, mixed opinions on gas tax

A new poll by the state’s largest business advocate finds Wisconsinites are more optimistic about the economy than they were this time last year.

The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Survey of Voter Attitudes shows that 35 percent respondents believe the Badger State economy will improve in 2017 while 42 percent believe it will stay about the same. Last year, 22 percent of respondents expected the economy to improve and 56 percent predicted it would stay the same.

Naysayer numbers are almost unchanged. The latest poll finds 19 percent of those questioned believe Wisconsin’s economy will falter this year, up 1 percentage point from last year.

“Confidence in Wisconsin’s economy continues to grow for Wisconsin voters, a sign that the policies coming out of Madison are moving our state in the right direction,” Kurt R. Bauer, WMC president and CEO, said in a press release.

“However, voters are still wary about ever-increasing health care costs thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the state’s burdensome tax climate and government regulations that will hike the cost of energy. Policymakers should continue to be mindful of this moving forward,” Bauer added.

The poll of 506 Wisconsin voters was taken Dec. 12-14. It was conducted for WMC by the Washington, D.C.-based Tarrance Group. The margin of error, according to the authors, is plus or minus 4.5 percent.

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