April 12, 2007
Public Opinion on Taxes
Using available polling data, Bowman examines how attitudes toward paying taxes have changed over the past half century and what those attitudes are today. Among the highlights:
- The personal property tax is a bigger headache for most people than the federal income tax.
- Today, Democrats lead Republicans as the party better able to handle taxes, a significant change from the past.
- Pluralities of Americans think their taxes will go up under a Democratic or Republican president.
- When asked how much of total income should go to taxes, people put the number at 10-25%.
- Americans don't like the estate tax.
- Ratings of the IRS are up.
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