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US Taxpayers Warming To Tax Reforms: Poll

Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

02 February 2018


New poll results from the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute show that support for the new tax plan has increased significantly since December 2017, with attitudes towards President Trump also improving as a result.

"Opinion is currently divided on the landmark tax reform plan – 44 percent approve and 44 percent disapprove," said Monmouth on January 31. "But this marks a significant increase in public support from December, when just 26 percent approved of the bill and 47 percent disapproved."

Perhaps more importantly, fewer Americans (36 percent) believe that their own federal taxes will go up under the plan than felt the same when the bill was in its final legislative stages last month (50 percent). Still, the number who believe that their taxes will go up (36 percent) outnumber those who believe that their taxes will go down (24 percent) or stay the same (32 percent) under the new system.

The poll also found that a majority (55 percent) of Americans say that Trump has been at least somewhat successful at getting Congress to pass his legislative agenda, while 41 percent say he has not been successful. This marks a reversal from December - before the tax reform bill was approved - when only 42 percent said Trump had been successful with Congress and 53 percent said he had not been successful.

"While there is still some way to go to really win over the public, it looks like the needle has moved in the Republicans' direction since passage of the tax bill," said Patrick Murray, Director of Monmouth University Polling Institute.

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