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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tax Polls

The American Enterprise Institute has released a 97-page report, Public Opinion on Taxes, 2010 -- "[t]he most comprehensive collection of polls ever compiled on the subject of taxes":

The 2010 Public Opinion Study on Taxes brings together up-to-date trends from major survey organizations and commentary on the tax burden, value for tax dollars, tax fairness, progressivity, taxes and the deficit, politicians' credibility on taxes, and finally, views of the Internal Revenue Service, and preparing taxes. The document includes a new section on President Barack Obama handling taxes and a new section on Obama, taxes, and the deficits.

Do you approve/disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling taxes?

  • Mar. 2009:  62% approve, 37% disapprove
  • Jan. 2010:  44% approve, 53% disapprove

Under the Obama administration do you think your taxes will go up or down, or do you think they will stay about the same?

  • Jan. 2009:  35% go up, 13% go down, 50% stay the same
  • Jan. 2010:  59% go up,  5% go down, 35% stay the same
(Hat Tip: Dorothy Brown.)

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These and other polls prove to me that a large part of the people polled are either totally uninformed or just plain STUPID.

Just how that 35% who believe their taxes are "going to go down" is divided depends only on the polling demographic.

Posted by: CrypticGuise | Apr 14, 2010 3:13:42 PM

Well Obama did claim that he was going to lower people's taxes while increasing spending and keeping the deficit under control. Any reporter that had any integrity AND mastered elementary school math should have called him on it, but apparently there wasn't anyone who met both those requirements.

Posted by: jvon | Apr 14, 2010 6:24:23 PM

My military retirement stayed the same--no COLA. However, my withholding went up for 2010--not voluntarily. My taxes have already gone up under Obama.

Posted by: ken in sc | Apr 14, 2010 6:47:58 PM

The oldest political promise is to decrease taxes and increase public works.

Posted by: M. Report | Apr 14, 2010 7:13:26 PM

So this year 59% say their taxes will go up versus 35% last year?

I suggest the increases, in dozens of fees, penalties and hidden costs, as well as those which are obvious, have only just begun.

Posted by: Spendulus | Apr 15, 2010 5:01:15 AM