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Friday, April 19, 2019

Pew: Growing Partisan Divide Over Fairness Of The Nation’s Tax System

Pew Research Center, Growing Partisan Divide Over Fairness of the Nation’s Tax System:

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[O]verall public views of the fairness of the nation’s tax system have changed only modestly since 2017, before passage of major tax legislation. However, partisan differences on tax fairness have increased considerably since then, and now are wider than at any point in at least two decades.

Two years ago, Republicans and Democrats had similar views of the fairness of the tax system. Today, 64% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say the present tax system is very or moderately fair; just half as many Democrats and Democratic leaners (32%) view the tax system as fair. The share of Republicans who say the tax system is fair has increased 21 percentage points since 2017. Over this period, the share of Democrats viewing the tax system as fair has declined nine points.

Two years ago, Republicans and Democrats had similar views of the fairness of the tax system. Today, 64% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say the present tax system is very or moderately fair; just half as many Democrats and Democratic leaners (32%) view the tax system as fair. The share of Republicans who say the tax system is fair has increased 21 percentage points since 2017. Over this period, the share of Democrats viewing the tax system as fair has declined nine points.

About seven-in-ten Republicans (71%) approve of the tax law, including 43% who strongly approve. Early last year, about the same share of Republicans approved of the tax law (75%), but a majority (57%) strongly approved.

Most Democrats continue to express negative views of the tax law. Today, 79% of Democrats disapprove, including 59% who strongly disapprove.

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https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2019/04/pew-growing-partisan-divide-over-fairness-of-the-nations-tax-system.html

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Comments

Ironic, considering Democrats advocate for more progressivity, which the tax law actually caused to happen, primarily in wealthier cities and states that happen to be... largely Democratic.

Not sure why they consider that "unfair". They've been forced to put their money where their mouth is, finally...

Posted by: MM | Apr 19, 2019 7:12:52 AM