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Survey: 3/4 of Estonians against car tax

According to the results of a survey commissioned by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, 76 percent of respondents are against the implementation of a car tax in Estonia, while 19 percent are in favor.

The government aims to introduce a motor vehicle tax in Estonia starting from 2025, and the corresponding bill passed first reading in the Riigikogu this month. The opposition strongly opposes the car tax, and it has also caused disagreements within the coalition. The survey by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues explored current public opinion on the car tax.

When asked about their stance on implementing a car tax in Estonia, 76 percent of respondents indicated they “do not support” or “rather do not support” it, 19 percent were “in favor” or “rather in favor,” and 5 percent said “don’t know.”

Support for the car tax is highest among voters of the Reform Party, with 62 percent in favor and 31 percent against its implementation in Estonia. Conversely, 97 percent of supporters of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE), 94 percent of supporters of the Center Party, 92 percent of Isamaa supporters, 60 percent of supporters of the Estonian Social Democratic Party (SDE), and 54 percent of supporters of Estonia 200 do not support the car tax.

In a survey conducted in July 2023, 72 percent of respondents were against the car tax, while 21 percent were in favor.

Additionally, respondents were asked if they think Kaja Kallas should resign as prime minister. 70 percent said “yes” or “rather yes”, 24 percent said “rather not” or “no”, and 6 percent were undecided.

Among the voters, 98 percent of EKRE, 94 percent of the Center Party, 88 percent of Isamaa, and 61 percent of SDE believe Kallas should resign. Among supporters of Estonia 200, 40 percent believe she should step down while 52 percent do not. The respective proportions among Reform Party supporters are 12 percent and 82 percent.

This question has been a regular feature in the institute’s surveys since the end of August 2023, with the proportion of people supporting Kallas’s resignation remaining between 65 to 71 percent during this period.

Source: BNS

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