Past Polls

POLL RESULTS: Which is the Most Important Priority for Tax Reform?

November 14, 2017 – The Jack News released the inconclusive results of its online poll attempting to gauge respondents’ priorities for particular tax cut reforms.

In introducing the poll, The Jack News wrote:

Congressional Republicans are currently putting together a tax reform package that has a variety of components. Some of the key features are lower corporate tax rates, lower individual tax rates, and the elimination of deductions and loopholes to offset revenue decreases.

The particular question asked of respondents was, “Which is the most important priority for tax reform?’

Among the responses, in order of popularity among respondents, were:

  • Eliminate loopholes and deductions to offset tax decreases, at 60 percent;
  • Lower taxes for the middle class, at 25 percent;
  • Lower corporate taxes, at 15 percent; and
  • Lower taxes for high-income individuals received zero votes, for 0 percent.

American voters are uncertain, tentative, and learning about tax reform

According to a range of polls on the subject, American voters are still uncertain, tentative, and learning about the possible impact and purpose of tax reform.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on October 24, fewer than a third of Americans support Donald Trump’s tax-cut plan. Reuters reported:

Among Republicans surveyed, 63 percent said deficit reduction should take priority over tax cuts for corporations, while 75 percent said deficit reduction should take priority over tax cuts for the wealthy.

Democrats oppose Trump’s plan, unveiled on Sept. 27, and say it is unfair to the poor and the working class.

The plan is still only a nine-page “framework.” It was drafted in secret by Trump administration and congressional leaders. Formal legislation is in development.

A CNN poll released at roughly the same time found similar results:

A slim majority of Americans (52 percent) oppose President Donald Trump’s recent tax reform proposals, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, while only one-third (34 percent) say they support the Trump plan.

Support is split largely along party lines: eight-in-10 Democrats (81 percent) say they oppose the plans, but seven-in-10 Republicans (70 percent) say they support them. Independents break against the proposals: 50 percent opposed to 35 percent in favor. About 14 percent say they don’t have an opinion.

Indeed, half of Americans disapprove of the way Trump is handling taxes, the highest level in CNN polling so far, while only 36 percent say they approve of his job performance on taxes. This is similar to a 34 percent approve to 47 percent disapprove split on the issue in September.

However, a poll produced by American Action Network, a nonprofit group aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, found that nearly 75 percent of voters consider tax reform an important priority for Congress, with 43 percent calling it the top priority. Real Clear Politics noted:

The survey showed that nearly half of voters considered lowering middle-class taxes to be the most important aspect of reform, and more than half — including a plurality of Democrats — supported lowering the corporate tax rate.


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