Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Trump Says GOP Tax Plan Is Becoming 'More Popular.' Is He Right?

Trump Says GOP Tax Plan Is Becoming 'More Popular.' Is He Right?

A new national Quinnipiac Poll found about two-thirds of voters (64 percent) believe the Republican tax legislation pending in Congress will benefit wealthy Americans the most. "That's the harsh assessment of President Donald Trump, whose tax plan is considered built for the rich at the expense of the rest", said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. The Gallup and Quinnipiac results both pointed to an American mainstream that believes the Republican tax policy will deliver the bulk of its benefits to the wealthy and big corporations - which happens to be true. "I think people see that and they're seeing that more and more, and the more they learn about it, the more popular it becomes".

CNBC also cited a Reuters/Ipsos poll from late November that similarly saw a 29% approval rating versus a 49% disapproval rating.

Though billed as a tax cut for all, or most, 41 percent said they think the plan will increase their taxes, 32 percent think it will be neutral and 20 percent said they expect tax cut.

"Deeply unpopular and manifestly unfit for the job".

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), however, argued, "Tax cuts are generally unpopular", as if GOP policymakers, desperate to improve their public standing, deliberately set out to do something the public disapproves of. A conference committee tasked with coming up with a compromise bill is expected to kick off later this week, with a goal of getting that bill to President Donald Trump's desk by Christmas. Now, Democrats hold an eight-percentage-point edge, 47 percent to 39 percent. Fifty-six percent, meanwhile, disapproved.

The Senate version would drop the highest personal income tax rate from 39.6 percent to 38.5 percent and, like the House bill, almost double the standard deduction, according to the Associated Press.

This is part of the reason why voters want Democrats in control of Congress, "American voters say 50 - 36 percent, including 44 - 36 percent among independent voters that they would like the Democrats to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018".

Asked which party can do a better job "fighting for the working class", Democrats are ahead, 56% to 34%.

Like this: