Poll: Financial crisis will force states to raise taxes

While tax increases are expected, 77 percent of respondents think it is better to cut spending than raise taxes. Only 12 percent thought it best to raise taxes. 

Some state legislators, to avoid voter anger over tax increases, have resorted to raising less noticeable taxes, such as fines, fees or tolls, the poll found. 

Of those surveyed, 78 percent, a 19 point increase from last year, say their home state is having a budget crisis.

The poll tapped the opinion of 1,000 adults between Oct. 19-20.