Who Supports a Property Tax in Croatia?

Marko Grdešić


This article analyses public support for a property tax in
Croatia. Who supports this tax and who opposes it? The
analysis uses public opinion polls conducted by the Faculty of
Political Science in 2016 and 2020. This makes it possible to
compare the structure of public opinion before and after the
large public debate from 2017 which resulted in a
postponement of the tax. The article relies on previous work
that showed a link between party identification and support
for property taxation and extends this analysis with new data.
The article shows that this link still existed in 2016 but that it
disappeared in 2020. The article also examines the nature of
citizens' economic views and asks if a new liberal orientation
arose in the structure of public opinion in Croatia, following
the debate on the property tax. The analysis suggests that
moderately left-wing opinions still prevail in Croatia, but
following the turbulent public discussion of the property tax,
new combinations of economic views appear in which liberal
and interventionist views intermingle.


property tax; public opinion; liberalism; taxation

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