Americans’ Opinions on Taxes

opinions on taxesAmericans for Tax Fairness compiled the results of numerous studies to get an understanding of how Americans feel about taxes and government spending. Here are some interesting nuggets:

  • By 62% to 32%, 2014 Election Day voters favor “raising taxes on the wealthy and large corporations to fund priorities like education, job training, and deficit reduction.”
  • By 82% to 9%, voters believe that “reform[ing] the tax system by closing corporate loopholes and limiting deductions for the wealthy” should be used to “reduce the budget deficit and make new investments” rather than to “reduce tax rates on corporations and the wealthy.”
  • Two-thirds (65%) of Americans believe that corporations pay too little in taxes, when asked “Overall, do you think large business corporations pay their fair share in taxes, pay too (little), or pay too (much).”
  • By 73% to 25% voters want to “close loopholes that allow corporations and wealthy individuals to avoid paying U.S. taxes by shifting income to overseas tax havens.”
  • 90% of small business owners think “big corporations use tax loopholes to avoid taxes that small businesses have to pay,” and 92% think that “tax loopholes for big corporations” is a problem.

The document Americans for Tax Fairness put together includes links to all of the surveys quoted. It’s worth looking at out how the surveys ask similar questions but with minor changes in the wording, and how that affects the responses.

 

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