A poll conducted by South Carolina’s Statehouse Report found 90 percent of the site’s readers want to increase the gas tax by at least 10 cents-per-gallon in order to address the state’s transportation funding shortfall.

The poll received responses from 240 readers over a four day period to the question: “With roads across S.C. failing, should the General Assembly increase the gas tax to pay for billions of dollars of needed maintenance for roads and bridges?” The results, released Oct. 9, showed that:

  • 33.75 percent want to increase the state gas tax by 10 cents-per-gallon;
  • 43.75 percent want to increase the state gas tax by 20 cents-per-gallon;
  • 12.5 percent would increase the state gas tax by $1 per gallon; and
  • 10 percent do not want a gas tax increase.

A larger study released March 4 found 55.4 percent of total respondents would support a 10 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase, a notable shift in the state’s perception of a gas tax increase when compared to an October 2014 Winthrop Poll showing 52.3 percent of respondents opposed a similar proposal.

report released by the South Carolina Department of Transportation August 2014 found South Carolina is facing a $42.82 billion transportation funding gap over the next 25 years.

Other polls conducted this year have indicated voters are receptive to raising state gas taxes. In Georgia, a poll released Feb. 15 found a majority of Georgia voters support a state gas tax increase in order to fund transportation projects. Additionally, 52.8 percent of respondents in a Feb. 3 Iowa survey supported legislation to increase the state gas tax by 10 cents-per-gallon. Legislation in both states to increase their motor fuel taxes have been signed into law.