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Missoulian State Bureau

HELENA - Montanans overwhelmingly support President Bush's proposal for a $1.6 trillion tax cut over the next decade, the latest poll conducted for Lee Montana Newspapers shows.

Sixty-one percent of the registered voters surveyed supported the tax cut plan, while 26 percent opposed it and 13 percent were undecided. Men more strongly support the plan than women, with

61 percent of men and 56 percent of women in favor of the plan. Twenty-three percent of men polled an 29 percent of women opposed to proposal.

The poll, which surveyed 625 registered Montana voters by telephone, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The Bush tax cut is also prone to affect the way Montanans vote in 2002 congressional elections.

Among those polled, 57 percent said they would be more likely to support congressional candidates who favor the tax cut plan. Fifteen percent said such support would make them less likely to vote for a candidate, while 28 percent were undecided. Men and women were about evenly divided on the issue.

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