American voters aren't happy about the GOP's tax plan

Frederick Owens
December 8, 2017

Twenty-nine percent of Americans approve and 53 percent disapprove of the Republican plan to overhaul the US tax code, a Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday indicated.

Only 5 percent of respondents said they expect low income Americans to benefit the most from Republicans' efforts to overhaul the USA tax code.

The approval rating for the tax overhaul, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called a "once-in-a-generation opportunity", was split along party lines, with 67 percent of Republicans approving it and only 10 percent who disapprove.

Sixty-one percent said the tax plan favors the rich at the expense of the middle class.

Though billed as a tax cut for all, or most, 41 percent said they think the plan will increase their taxes, 32 percent think it will be neutral and 20 percent said they expect tax cut.

Americans' current approval of the proposed tax changes is lower than the 39 percent approval Gallup found the last time Congress took on a major overhaul of the federal tax code. Independents joined Democrats in relative distaste, with 25% of those polled approving of the legislation and 56% disapproving.

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From November 29 to December 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,508 voters nationwide with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, including the design effect.

President Trump said the Republican tax plan is "so popular", despite public opinion polls which show very low support.

The Senate version would drop the highest personal income tax rate from 39.6 percent to 38.5 percent and, like the House bill, almost double the standard deduction, according to the Associated Press.

Trump told reporters Tuesday that he views the tax plan as a "tremendous bill for jobs and for the middle class".

It would also essentially end the coverage mandate included in the Affordable Care Act and allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The House and Senate are going to conference to unify their bills and hope to have a plan approved by Christmas.

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