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Fate of Tenn. income tax prohibition amendment uncertain

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  New poll numbers suggest another amendment issue on Tennessee’s November 4 ballot is too close to call.

In data released Friday morning, the latest Middle Tennessee State University Poll suggests the fate of a proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting a personal income tax in Tennessee is uncertain.

Amendment Three would constitutionally ban the State from ever imposing a personal income tax on residents. The MTSU Poll shows that just 30 percent of registered voters surveyed support the ban, while 25 percent oppose it.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, meaning the issue is a statistical dead heat.

Dr. Ken Blake notes that twenty-four percent of voters say they’re still undecided just four days ahead of the election.

“There hasn’t been quite as much publicity about Amendment Three as there has been about some of the other amendments on the ballot. I think people are probably just going to make up their minds when they step into the voting booth.”

Earlier this week, the MTSU Poll revealed numbers that indicate Tennesseans are equally divided on Amendment One, the so-called abortion amendment. That ballot issue is also a near statistical dead heat.

The MTSU Poll surveyed 600 registered voters across the state.