Majority of voters disapprove GOP tax plan, says helps wealthy


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.

Overall, voters disapproved of the tax plan 53-29 percent.

Although voters, on the whole, expressed negative takes on the GOP-backed proposal, which would make sweeping changes to the tax code, Republicans were much more supportive of the effort with almost seven in 10 saying they approve of the plan. That's driven largely by Democrats and independents, who overwhelmingly disapprove, while Republicans approved of the bill by 70% in that same poll. Support is low across all income brackets and economic classes.

However, the big difference between the two efforts is that far fewer Americans opposed the 1986 tax bill than oppose the proposals being debated today, 34 percent vs. 56 percent, respectively, Gallup says.

Republicans plan to implement the tax plan incrementally, giving small breaks to the middle-class ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections and delaying the full impact of the bill until after the 2020 elections.

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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. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

Mostly as a result of weak support from Democrats and independents regarding the proposed tax changes, only 29 percent of USA adults as a whole approve of the plan, while 56 percent disapprove and 16 percent have no opinion. Just 39 percent of Republicans say they think Congress should look into the allegations against Trump, compared to 86 percent of Democrats who feel the same way. Seventeen percent of men said they had been.

Two new polls released Tuesday found that the GOP tax bill was deeply unpopular with the American public.

Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said the findings suggest voters consider President Donald Trump and Republicans' efforts to overhaul the USA tax code as being "built for the rich at the expense of the rest". Other voters say the economy (17 percent), foreign policy (13 percent), terrorism (11 percent) and race relations (10 percent) are most important. Live interviewers called landlines and cell phones.