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Sunday, March 11, 2012

56% Think America Is Overtaxed

Rasmussen Reports, 56% Think America Is Overtaxed:

Most voters still say this country is overtaxed, and half think any federal tax increase should be submitted to the public for a vote.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters believe America is overtaxed. But that’s down from 66% two years ago and 64% last year. One-out-of-three (33%) now believe the country is not overtaxed, while another 12% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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If the public gets to vote on tax increase, it would be nice if only people who actually paid taxes could vote on it.

Over the decades, I've watched middle-class families flee from central cities when a voter majority made up of renters and residents in government-subsidized housing regularly approved property tax increases, because they figured that someone else was paying the taxes for things that they wanted. We're almost at that point with income taxes.

Posted by: Woody | Mar 11, 2012 10:06:21 AM

And 47% pay no Federal income taxes.

Oh, if only for a Venn diagram that would cover what people think and whether they pay.....

Posted by: bob | Mar 11, 2012 1:11:54 PM

Down 8 pc in one year? The Pres push to redistribute by demonization of the 'rich' is having the desired effect on the teachers unions dumbed down graduates.

Useful idiots, indeed.

Posted by: swift boater | Mar 11, 2012 1:12:28 PM

That's interesting, because only 49% of Americans are net federal tax payers.

Posted by: drew | Mar 11, 2012 1:16:31 PM

That decline seems to match the decline in people who actually pay taxes. Coincidence?

Posted by: Brock | Mar 11, 2012 1:34:48 PM

...the other 44%, pay no taxes at all, and are quite happy with the current level of taxation.

Posted by: Big D | Mar 11, 2012 1:38:13 PM

56% think we are overtaxed.

44% pay no tax.

Posted by: Chester White | Mar 11, 2012 2:07:27 PM

Not too surprising as the number of Americans paying income taxes decreases every year I am surprised that there are 6% of folks who do NOT pay income taxes thinking that we're overtaxed...Maybe they mean gas tax, health tax, sales tax, etc. ad infinitum.

Strangely, I don't think that's a sign of economic health...


Posted by: Orion | Mar 11, 2012 2:19:21 PM

Insofar as the top 1% pay a disproportionate share of taxes, yes they are overtaxed. The almost 50% who pay NO taxes are under taxed. Hey, even a buck is better than being a complete leech.

Posted by: Fred17 | Mar 11, 2012 3:13:32 PM