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ARTESIA — An independent poll conducted Saturday of more than 1,000 Eddy County voters showed across-the-board opposition to the Eddy County Commission’s proposed Hold Harmless Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) increase.

BWD Global, a business communications company from Albuquerque, surveyed 1,121 Eddy County voters Saturday evening, with overall results indicating 79 percent strongly oppose the GRT increase with 8 percent in favor and 13 percent undecided.

Broken down by political party, 82 percent of Republicans opposed the ordinance with 5 percent in favor and 11 percent undecided.

Seventy-five percent of Democrats were opposed with 10 percent in favor and 15 percent undecided, and 83 percent of independent voters indicated opposition.

Of Artesia voters, the result was 80 percent against, 5 percent for. Those numbers were 76-9 in Carlsbad, 80-16 in Loving, and 77-13 in rural Eddy County.

Those surveyed were selected from a list of voters participating in the 2012 general election. The poll was conducted between 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday and, according to BWD, has a 2.7-percent margin of error.