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.