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Tar Heels: Keep the "grave robbers" away from me

Most North Carolina voters say they don't like the estate tax, according to a new poll.

The state levies a tax of up to 16 percent on assets above $5 million including businesses, homes and other assets when a person dies. That is in addition to the 35 percent federal estate tax.

Sixty-six percent said they oppose the estate tax, and 25 percent said they support the tax, according to a new poll conducted for The Civitas Institute, a Raleigh-based conservative advocacy group.

The spin: "Voters across North Carolina widely recognize the inherent immorality of turning revenue department officials into grave robbers," said Brian Balfour, a policy analyst for the institute. "Hopefully, the state lawmakers will recognize the near-universal opposition to the state death tax and act to end this gruesome practice.

The poll of 600 likely 2012 North Carolina voters was conducted Oct. 17-18 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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Will be long gone by then

I think the occupy movements want to strip the rich of all their assets before they die.  Then at death we will all have the same thing, nothing.  The government will already have all the assets. 

Everyone knows poll results

Everyone knows poll results are greatly affected by how the questions are worded.  What were the questions for this poll?  And, were the respondents mostly people with assets valued at a million dollars or more?

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