Most Americans disapprove of GOP tax plan

Democrats independents oppose GOP tax plan poll

Greg Nash

Additionally, 64% of Americans said the bill would mostly benefit wealthy people, while 24% said the middle class would see the most benefit.

As the Senate version of the Republican tax reform bill made its way through the legislative process this past weekend, Gallup documented a highly partisan imbalance in Americans' reactions.

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

By contrast, just 27 percent of independent voters and six percent of Democrats said they favor the Republican tax legislation, the poll found.

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While congressional Republicans have spearheaded this tax overhaul movement, the survey revealed that more voters (47%) think Democrats would do a better job of handling taxes than Republicans (39%).

Mostly as a result of weak support from Democrats and independents regarding the proposed tax changes, only 29 percent of US adults as a whole approve of the plan, while 56 percent disapprove and 16 percent have no opinion.

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 overwhelmingly approve of the plan by 67 to 10 percent, the only party, gender, education, age or racial group listed to approve. The bill is so long and complicated that few of the Republicans who voted for it have even read it; they're unaware of the devils lurking in the details.

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When asked how the tax plan would affect their own taxes, 41 percent said they would pay more, 20 percent said they would pay less and 32 percent predicted it would not have much impact.

Voters also say by a margin of 56 percent to 40 percent that Trump is not fit to be president, tying his all-time low score.

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.

Despite the distaste for the bill among the public, Republicans have passed legislation separately through the House and Senate.

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