Half of Utah voters support a lower sales tax rate and a strong majority favor taxing services currently not subject to a sales tax, according to a new survey undertaken by AARP.

The survey of Utah registered voters 18 and older indicates that 50 percent support a sales tax of 3.1 percent, down from the current 4.85 percent. It also shows that while 84 percent of those surveyed oppose a new sales tax on medical insurance premiums and 79 percent oppose such a tax on rent, at least three of five voters would tolerate the state taxing elective medical services such as plastic surgery (67 percent), dry cleaning services (66 percent), lodging services like hotels or home/accommodation sharing (65 percent) and professional consulting services (60 percent).

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