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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Listokin, Listokin & Mesele: Americans' Preferences for Tax Increases and Spending Cuts

Tax AnalystsSiona Robin Listokin (George Mason), Yair Listokin (Yale) & Samson Mesele (J.D. 2013, Yale), Americans' Preferences for Tax Increases and Spending Cuts, 139 Tax Notes 188 (Apr. 8, 2013):

We conducted a survey to assess Americans’ preferences for revenue increases and spending cuts. A representative sample of 1,000 Americans completed the survey in December 2012. Respondents had a specific deficit reduction goal: cut the projected 2022 deficit by $900 billion, or by two-thirds. Approximately $2.1 trillion in savings were available. Our results suggest that Americans are willing to accept higher taxes and significant cuts to military and non-defense discretionary spending but are much more protective of Social Security and Medicare. This article explains the design of the survey, discusses the results, and compares those results with current deficit reduction proposals.

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Which Americans were willing to 'accept' tax increases? Just under half of all Americans are paying little to no income taxes, with most of these being net receivers of government money. Their willingess to 'accept' higher taxes is irrelevant to me - they think they're not the ones who will have to pay the taxes.

Posted by: Lily | Aug 7, 2013 10:13:00 AM