We posted earlier on the potential for using a significant gasoline tax as a part of a broad-based energy policy. The main point was that almost every economist is on board with the viability of just such a policy.

Menzie Chinn at Econbrowser posts some information on a poll that provides limited support for a gasoline tax. Only when respondents believe that a gasoline tax would help in reducing global warming or increasing energy independence does the majority support an increased levy.

We found the poll data surprising, in a positive way. Now all we need is a far-sighted politician to be the first to speak in favor of a simple solution to some of our economic and geopolitical problems.