Independents not on board with GOP tax plan

Carla Harmon
December 7, 2017

Additionally, 64% of Americans said the bill would mostly benefit wealthy people, while 24% said the middle class would see the most benefit.

The Senate, in turn, approved its own almost $1.5 trillion tax overhaul bill Saturday - legislation which Republicans contended would benefit Americans of all incomes and jumpstart the economy.

Two new polls released Tuesday on the Republican overhaul of the federal tax code showed similar majority levels of disapproval.


A full 61% of respondents felt that the bill "favors the rich at the expense of the middle class". "Voters also say 51 - 37 percent, including 45 - 38 percent among independent voters, that they would like Democrats to win control of the U.S. Senate in 2018".

Under House Republicans' tax plan, the income tax brackets for individuals would be cut down to just four: 12 percent, 25 percent, 35 percent and 39.6 percent.

The Republican tax plan is broadly unpopular in recent polls, with just 29% of USA adults saying they approved of it and 56% disapproving in a recent Gallup poll.


Sixty-seven percent of Republicans tell pollsters they approve of the plan - the only party, gender, education, age or racial group surveyed that gives it a thumbs up. “Further, intensity seems to be on the side of the opposition, with Democrats paying closer attention to news about the tax proposals and appearing more unified in their opposition to the plan than Republicans are in support of it.”. Voters said by a margin of 56-40 percent that Trump is not fit to be president, tying his all-time low score on that question.

Of the 1,500 American voters polled by Quinnipiac in the last week, 41 percent say it will increase their taxes, while 20 percent say the plan will reduce their taxes and 32 percent say the plan will not have much impact on their taxes.

The poll, involving 1,120 adults nationwide, was conducted by telephone on December 3-5.


The House and Senate bills must now be reconciled in conference committee before Republicans' tax overhaul effort can be signed into law.

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