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     Budget, Taxes, Economic Policy  (p. 11)


 

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ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 27-29, 2008. N=1,271 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling the economy?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

9/27-29/08

22 74 3    

4/10-13/08

28 70 3    

1/30 - 2/1/08

30 67 3    

1/9-12/08

28 69 3    

12/6-9/07

34 63 3    

9/27-30/07

37 61 3    

5/29 - 6/1/07

40 57 3    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 12-16, 2008. N=1,133 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Many of the tax cuts passed in 2001 were temporary and are set to expire in a few years. Should those tax cuts be made permanent or should they be allowed to expire?"

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Made
Permanent
Allowed to
Expire
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

9/12-16/08

42

36

5

17

1/18-21/07

39

39

7

15


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Neil Newhouse (R). Aug. 15-18, 2008. N=approx. 500 registered voters nationwide. RV = registered voters. Except where noted, results below are among all adults.

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"Do you generally approve or disapprove of the job that George W. Bush is doing in handling the economy?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

8/15-18/08 RV

25 68 7    

7/18-21/08 RV

23 72 5    

6/6-9/08 RV

21 73 6    

4/25-28/08 RV

21 73 6    

3/7-10/08 RV

28 66 6    

1/20-22/08

29 64 7    

1/07

40 53 7    

1/06

39 54 7    

1/05

47 47 6    

1/04

49 45 6    

1/03

44 49 7    

1/02

63 27 10    

4/01

52 27 21    

 

Time Poll conducted by Abt SRBI. July 31-Aug. 4, 2008. N=808 likely voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the job President Bush is doing in each of these areas? Handling the economy."

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

7/31 - 8/4/08

21 73 6    

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. June 19-23, 2008. N=1,233 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Would you say the country is better off because of George W. Bush's economic policies than when he became president almost eight years ago, or worse off, or is the country about the same as it was then?"

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Better Worse Same Unsure  
% % % %  

6/19-23/08

9 75 12 4  

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. May 8-12, 2008. N=1,745 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 2.4.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the economy?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

5/8-12/08

20 75 4    

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. May 1-8, 2008. N=2,208 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the economy?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

5/1-8/08

23 72 5    

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CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. April 28-30, 2008. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"As you may know, President Bush and the Democrats in Congress passed an economic stimulus package earlier this year that will provide a tax rebate check of several hundred dollars to most American families. Based on what you have read or heard about this package, do you think it does enough to help economic conditions, does too much, or does not do enough?"

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Does
Enough
Does
Too Much
Does Not
Do Enough
Unsure  
% % % %  

4/28-30/08

13 3 82 2  

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"As you may know, most taxpayers will receive a rebate check of several hundred dollars from the federal government sometime in the next few months. If you receive a tax rebate, what will you do with that money: spend it on something you need, spend it on something you want but do not need, put it in the bank, invest it or use it to pay off bills?"

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  %      
Pay bills 45      
Put it in the bank 22      
Spend on something need 17      
Spend on something don't need 7      
Invest it 6      
Won't get a tax rebate (vol.) 2      
Unsure 1      

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 25-27, 2008. N=664 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

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"The government is about to send out tax rebates of up to $600 to people at certain income levels. This would be in addition to any tax refunds people receive from their income taxes this year. Do you think these tax rebate checks will help stimulate the economy, or not?"

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Will Will Not Unsure    
% % %    

4/25-27/08

41 56 3    

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"Do you expect to receive a tax rebate check this year?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    

4/25-27/08

75 19 6    

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Asked of those expecting to receive a tax rebate check:
"What do you expect to do with the tax rebate money you receive? Will you spend it, use it to pay bills, or save or invest it?"

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Pay Bills Save or
Invest
Spend It Something
Else (vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

4/25-27/08

51 27 18 1 3

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 10-13, 2008. N=1,197 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"As you may know, the government is making payments to most workers of several hundred dollars and providing new tax breaks for businesses in order to stimulate the economy. Do you think this will or will not be enough to avoid or soften a recession?"

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Will Will Not Unsure    
% % %    

4/10-13/08

17 79 4    

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"Thinking ahead to the next presidential election, do you think a Democratic or a Republican president would do a better job handling the economy?" Options rotated

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Democratic Republican Depends
(vol.)
No Difference
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

4/10-13/08

55 34 2 6 4

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. April 7-9, 2008. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"And when it comes to the economy, do you approve or disapprove or have mixed feelings about the way George W. Bush is handling that issue?"

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Approve Disapprove Mixed Unsure  
% % % %  

4/7-9/08

27 70 2 1  

3/3-5/08

31 67 1 1  

2/4-6/08

29 68 2 -  

1/7-9/08

33 64 2 1  

12/3-5/07

36 60 3 1  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 14-16, 2008. N=1,019 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"As you may know, most taxpayers will receive a rebate check of several hundred dollars from the federal government sometime in the next few months. If you receive a tax rebate, what will you do with that money: spend it, save or invest it, pay off bills, or donate it to charity?"

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Spend Save or
Invest
Pay Off
Bills
Donate to
Charity
Unsure
% % % % %

3/14-16/08

21 32 41 3 2

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Feb. 4-6, 2008. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"How much confidence do you have in [see below]'s ability to turn around the country's economy . . . ?"

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A Great Deal Some Only a Little No Confidence
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

The Federal Reserve

    2/4-6/08

10 45 31 11 3

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The U.S. Congress

    2/4-6/08

8 33 37 21 1

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President Bush

    2/4-6/08

7 21 29 42 1

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"People have suggested various ways that the government could act to try to fix the economy. How much do you think each of the following would help fix the country's economic problems: a great deal, some, only a little, or no help at all? . . ."

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A Great Deal Some Only a Little No Help at All Unsure
% % % % %

Pulling out of Iraq

    2/4-6/08

48 20 13 18 1

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Increasing spending on domestic programs like health care, education, and housing

    2/4-6/08

43 27 16 14 -

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Cutting taxes

    2/4-6/08

36 32 18 13 1

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Putting more money into the hands of poor people

    2/4-6/08

29 27 26 17 1

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"As you may know, the President and Congress are considering providing tax rebate checks of several hundred dollars to people to help improve the economy. If you receive a tax rebate, what will you do with the money? Will you pay off bills, save or invest it, spend it, or donate it to charity?"

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Pay Off Bills Save or
Invest It
Spend It Donate It  
% % % %  

2/4-6/08

45 32 19 4  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Feb. 1-3, 2008. N=1,192 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"As you may know, President Bush and the Democrats in the House of Representatives have proposed an economic stimulus package that would provide a tax rebate check of several hundred dollars to most American families. Based on what you have read or heard about this package, do you think it does enough to help economic conditions, does too much, or does not do enough?"

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Does
Enough
Does
Too Much
Does Not
Do Enough
Unsure  
% % % %  

2/1-3/08

23 4 70 3  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2008. N=1,249 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Which political party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- do you trust to do a better job handling [see below]?" Parties rotated

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Democrats Republicans Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

The economy

   1/30 - 2/1/08

52 33 2 10 3

   12/6-9/07

51 33 2 9 5

   10/29 - 11/1/07

50 35 3 9 4

   9/27-30/07

51 33 2 11 3

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The federal budget deficit Half sample

   1/30 - 2/1/08

52 31 2 10 6

   9/27-30/07

52 29 2 12 5

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Taxes Half sample

   1/30 - 2/1/08

48 40 1 8 4

   10/29 - 11/1/07

46 40 2 8 4

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"As you may know, Bush and congressional leaders are planning payments to most workers of several hundred dollars and new tax breaks for businesses in order to stimulate the economy. Do you think this will or will not be enough to avoid or soften a recession?"

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Will Will Not Unsure    
% % %    

1/30 - 2/1/08

28 67 5    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Jan. 20-22, 2008. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"When it comes to [see below], which party do you think would do a better job: the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or both about the same? If you think that neither would do a good job, please just say so."

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Democratic
Party
Republican
Party
About the
Same
Neither Unsure
% % % % %

"Dealing with the economy"

   1/20-22/08

43 25 21 8 3

   7/9-11/07

41 26 17 12 4

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"Reducing the federal deficit" Half sample, MoE ± 4.4 (Form A)

   1/20-22/08

42 20 17 15 6

   7/9-11/07

43 18 14 21 4

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"Getting the country out of a recession" Half sample, MoE ± 4.4 (Form B)

   1/20-22/08

41 25 22 8 4

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"Dealing with taxes" Half sample, MoE ± 4.4 (Form A)

   1/20-22/08

36 31 17 12 4

   7/9-11/07

36 27 14 18 5

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"Do you think Congress should or should not pass a tax cut as a way to help stimulate the U.S. economy?" Half sample, MoE ± 4.4 (Form A)

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Should Should Not Depends (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

1/20-22/08

59 26 7 8  

3/01

66 23 6 5  

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"Please tell me which of the following statements comes closer to your point of view when it comes to tax cuts. Statement A: Federal tax cuts have been worth it, because they have helped strengthen the economy by allowing Americans to keep more of their own money. Statement B: Federal tax cuts have NOT been worth it, because they have increased the deficit and caused cuts in government programs." Half sample, MoE ± 4.4 (Form B)

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Worth It Not Worth It Depends (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

1/20-22/08

42 45 8 5  

10/8-10/05

39 53 4 4  

3/31 - 4/3/05

38 54 4 4  

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"Now here are some things that the federal government could do to help boost and improve the economy. Please tell me how much impact you think each one would have in helping the economy: a great deal of impact, quite a bit of impact, just some impact, or not much impact. . . ."

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A Great Deal Quite a Bit Just Some Not Much Unsure
% % % % %

"Lowering taxes for middle- and lower-income taxpayers only"

   1/20-22/08

40 18 28 12 2

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"Lowering taxes for all taxpayers"

   1/20-22/08

31 17 28 22 2

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"Continuing to raise the minimum wage"

   1/20-22/08

32 14 28 24 2

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"Stopping and freezing all subprime mortgage foreclosures for ninety days and creating an automatic rate freeze on subprime mortgages for at least five years"

   1/20-22/08

28 15 27 18 12

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"Extending and broadening unemployment insurance to help Americans who are having difficulty finding work"

   1/20-22/08

29 13 36 19 3

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. Jan. 18-22, 2008. N=1,541 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Which do you think is more effective in stimulating the nation's economy: an economic agenda focused on returning money to taxpayers through tax cuts, or an economic agenda focused on spending on such issues as health care and education?"

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Tax Cuts Spending Unsure    
% % %    

ALL adults

45 41 14    

  Democrats

26 56 18    

  Independents

47 40 13    

  Republicans

66 24 10    

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"As you may know, economic forecasts predict that the economy will slow considerably this year. I am going to read some of the temporary measures the government is considering to stimulate the economy. Please tell me which one, if any, you think would be the most effective. Would it be maintaining George W. Bush's tax cuts beyond 2010, or a one-time tax rebate of $800 for an individual or $1,600 for a family, or temporary tax breaks for business, or government spending on public projects such as roads and bridges?"

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One-time
Tax Rebate
Tax Cuts
Beyond 2010
Government
Spending
Business
Tax Breaks
Other (vol.)/
Unsure
% % % % %

1/18-22/08

27 19 16 10 28

 

Fortune Magazine poll conducted by Abt SRBI. Jan. 14-16, 2008. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Here are some proposals to help the economy. For each one, please tell me whether you favor or oppose it. Let's start with [see below]."

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Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

"Tax cuts just for low and middle income people"

   1/14-16/08

76 21 2    

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"Limiting rate increases on adjustable rate mortgages to keep them more affordable"

   1/14-16/08

75 21 3    

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"Increasing government spending on things like public-works projects to help create jobs"

   1/14-16/08

67 31 3    

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"Helping people who can't afford their mortgages by suspending foreclosures on houses until the economy gets better"

   1/14-16/08

55 39 6    

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"Expanding unemployment benefits and providing additional weeks of benefits"

   1/14-16/08

55 41 4    

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"Extend the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003"

   1/14-16/08

53 37 10    

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"Tax cuts for business"

   1/14-16/08

51 44 6    

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"Regardless of which political party you support, which party -- the Democrats or Republicans -- would do a better job of keeping the economy healthy?" Options rotated

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Democrats Republicans Neither (vol.) Same (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

1/14-16/08

45 35 9 2 8

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Dec. 6-9, 2007. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"When it comes to dealing with the tough choices involved in deciding on the federal budget for next year, whose approach do you prefer: the Democrats in Congress or President Bush?"

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Democrats
In Congress
President
Bush
Neither (vol.) Both (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

12/6-9/07

49 24 23 3 2

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 17-23, 2007. N=2,007 adults nationwide. MoE ± 2.5.

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"Which comes closer to your view about the tax cuts passed under President Bush over the past few years? All of the tax cuts should be made permanent. Tax cuts for the wealthy should be repealed, while others stay in place. OR, All of the tax cuts should be repealed."

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All Made
Permanent
Repeal Cuts
For Wealthy
Repeal All
Tax Cuts
Unsure

%

%

%

%

10/17-23/07

24

31

30

15


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 27-30, 2007. N=1,114 adults nationwide.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling the federal budget deficit?" Half sample

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

9/27-30/07

27 64 9    

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"Which political party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- do you trust to do a better job handling the federal budget deficit?" Parties rotated. Half sample.

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Democrats Republicans Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

9/27-30/07

52 29 2 12 5

 

CBS News. June 26-28, 2007. N=836 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Members of Congress sometimes add provisions to legislation that include government spending projects for their own home states and districts, sometimes known as 'earmarks' or 'pork.' Do you think this practice is generally acceptable or not acceptable?"

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Acceptable Not
Acceptable
It Depends
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

6/26-28/07

23

67

3

7


 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. April 5-9, 2007. N=1,373 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"As you may know, President Bush's tax cuts are scheduled to expire in 2010. Those who want to make the tax cuts permanent say they stimulate the economy and provide more long term growth. Those who oppose making the tax cuts permanent say they increase the budget deficit at a time when billions of dollars are being spent on the war in Iraq. Are you in favor of, or opposed to, making Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Options rotated

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Favor Oppose Unsure

%

%

%

4/5-9/07

44

41

15


 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 1-3, 2007. N=993 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"With the Democrats in control of Congress, do you think your taxes will go up, go down or stay about the same?"

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Go Up Go Down Stay Same Unsure

%

%

%

%

1/1-3/07

39

8

48

5


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). June 9-12, 2006. N=1,002 adults nationwide.

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"I'm going to read you some positions that someone running for Congress could take. For each one, please tell me whether you would be more likely to vote for a candidate for Congress who takes this position, less likely to vote for this candidate, or would it not make a difference to you either way? . . ."

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More Likely Less Likely No Difference Unsure  
% % % %  

"Favors repealing the estate tax" Registered voters, half sample (Form A)

    6/9-12/06 48 18 27 7  

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"Favors making the recent capital gains tax cuts permanent" Registered voters, half sample (Form B)

    6/9-12/06 41 24 25 10  

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. May 11-12, 2006. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling certain aspects of his job. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling [see below]?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

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"The federal budget deficit"

   5/11-12/06 19 70 11
   1/8-9/04 32 53 15

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"Taxes"

   5/11-12/06 39 56 5
   1/8-9/04 45 47 8

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 28-30, 2006. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"As you may know, members of Congress sometimes insert provisions, known as 'earmarks,' into bills that direct federal spending to projects in their home states or districts. What should Congress do about the practice of earmarking? Should it significantly restrict the ability of members to place earmarks in bills, allow members to place earmarks in bills as they do now but require full disclosure of it, or not change the rules on earmarking?" Options rotated

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Significantly
Restrict
Require Full
Disclosure
No Change Unsure

 

% % % %

 

4/28-30/06 41 41 11 7

 


 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 4-5, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think the amount you have paid or will pay in taxes this year is more, less or about the same amount you paid last year?"

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More Less Same Unsure
% % % %

4/4-5/06

32 9 52 7

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"How much of the money you pay in taxes do you think is spent on government programs that you personally favor and support . . . ?"

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Almost All Some Not Much None Unsure
% % % % %
4/4-5/06 7 36 34 11 12

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"After federal taxes are collected from the American public, do you think Congress thinks of the money more as taxpayer money to spend carefully or as their money to spend as they wish?"

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Taxpayer
Money
Their
Money
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
4/4-5/06 10 80 3 1 6

 

Pew Research Center survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Jan. 4-8, 2006. Adults nationwide.

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"In recent years, President Bush and Congress have made major cuts in federal income tax rates. Do you approve or disapprove of these tax cuts?" N=748, MoE ± 4 (Form 1)

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    
1/4-8/06 50 38 12    
1/05 51 41 8    

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"As you may know, in 2001 President Bush and Congress significantly reduced taxes on investment income such as capital gains and profits from stock dividends. In your view, should these tax cuts be extended into the future, or not?" N=755, MoE ± 4 (Form 2)

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Extended Not
Extended
Unsure    
% % %    
1/4-8/06 50 35 15    

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 6-10, 2005. N=1,500 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Considering what the president and Congress need to deal with, do you think reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority, important but lower priority, not too important or does it not need to be addressed this year?"

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Top
Priority
Lower
Priority
Not Too
Important
Doesn't
Need To Be
Addressed
Unsure
% % % % %
10/6-10/05 42 38 6 10 4
3/05 39 46 6 5 4

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"Would you favor or oppose [see below] as a way to reduce the budget deficit?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

"Raising taxes"

  10/6-10/05 26 70 4
  3/05 31 66 3

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"Lowering defense and military spending"

  10/6-10/05 36 58 6
  3/05 35 60 5

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"Lowering domestic spending"

  10/6-10/05 47 41 12
  3/05 54 35 11

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"And do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party could do a better job of reducing the federal budget deficit?"

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Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both
Equally (vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
10/6-10/05 29 47 6 10 8

 

Gallup Poll. April 4-7, 2005. Adults nationwide.

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"Which do you think is the worst tax, that is, the least fair: federal income tax, federal Social Security tax, state income tax, state sales tax, or local property tax?" Form A (N=503, MoE ± 5)

Federal
Income
Social
Security
State
Income
State
Sales
Local
Property
% % % % %
4/4-7/05 20 10 7 17 42

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"Which do you think is the worst tax, that is, the least fair: federal income tax, federal Social Security tax, state income tax, state sales tax, or local property tax?" Options rotated. Form B (N=507, MoE ± 5).

Federal
Income
Social
Security
State
Income
State
Sales
Local
Property
% % % % %
4/4-7/05 20 12 14 14 35

 

NBC News poll conducted by Blum & Weprin Associates. April 3-5, 2005. N=800 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

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"When it comes to who pays what in taxes, do you think the federal income tax system is basically fair or basically unfair?" Options rotated

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Fair Unfair Unsure
% % %
4/3-5/05 40 54 6

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"Which tax system would you prefer: a system like the one we now have, with higher rates for people with higher incomes, or a flat tax with the same rate for everyone and no deductions allowed?" Options rotated

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Current
System
Flat Tax Unsure
% % %
4/3-5/05 55 39 6

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"How good a job do you think the IRS does in enforcing the tax laws so that everyone pays what they should pay? Would you say it does an excellent job, a good job, not too good a job, or a poor job of enforcing the tax laws so that everyone pays what they should pay?"

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Excellent Good Not Too
Good
Poor Unsure
% % % % %
4/3-5/05 4 48 28 14 7

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"Do you think corporations pay more than their fair share, less than their fair share, or just about their fair share in federal income taxes?"

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More Less Fair Unsure
% % % %
4/3-5/05 4 54 31 11

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"There have been a number of incidents in which the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) is alleged to have behaved unethically or treated people unfairly during audits. Do you believe that these were isolated incidents, or is this something you think occurs fairly regularly?"

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Isolated Fairly
Regularly
Unsure
% % %
4/3-5/05 42 43 15

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"In your dealings with the IRS do you feel you have been treated fairly or unfairly, or have you not had enough experience with the IRS to say?"

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Fairly Unfairly Can't Say
% % %
4/3-5/05 49 5 46

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"Do you think you pay more than your fair share, less than your fair share, or just about your fair share in federal income taxes?"

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More Less Fair Unsure
% % % %
4/3-5/05 35 2 61 3

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"Which of the following best describes how you do your income taxes? You prepare and file them well ahead of the April 15 deadline. You prepare and file them at the last minute. Or, You get an extension from the IRS."

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Well
Ahead
Last
Minute
Get an
Extension
Unsure
% % % %
4/3-5/05 76 19 4 2

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"Do you think most people cheat on their taxes, many people cheat on their taxes, only a few people cheat on their taxes, or do you think almost no one cheats on their taxes?"

.

Most
People
Many
People
A Few
People
Almost
No One
Unsure
% % % % %
4/3-5/05 9 30 51 4 7

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. March 29-30, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"In general, do you think taxes for most Americans are too high, too low, or about right?"

.

Too High Too Low About
Right
Unsure
% % % %
3/29-30/05 56 4 32 8

.

"And thinking about your personal situation, do you think the taxes you pay are too high, too low, or about right?"

.

Too High Too Low About
Right
Unsure
% % % %
3/29-30/05 54 3 40 3

.

"When it comes to paying taxes, which bothers you more -- how much you pay in taxes or how the government spends your taxes?"

.

Amount
Paid
How Spent Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
3/29-30/05 12 71 13 3 2

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 24-28, 2005. N=1,111 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Many of the tax cuts passed in 2001 were temporary and are set to expire this year. Should those tax cuts be made permanent or should they be allowed to expire?"

.

Made
Permanent
Allowed
To Expire
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

ALL

43

40

4

13

Republicans

62

25

3

10

Democrats

30

53

4

13

Independents

41

40

5

14

.

Trend:

1/14-18/05

47

40

4

9

.

"How serious a problem do you think the budget deficit is for the country right now: very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?"

.

Very
Serious
Somewhat
Serious
Not Too
Serious
Not At All
Serious
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

2/24-28/05

52

38

8

1

1


 

Los Angeles Times Poll. Jan. 15-17, 2005. N=1,033 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"As you may know, President Bush has passed income tax cuts totaling more than one trillion dollars over the last four years. These tax cuts will expire unless extended by Congress. Do you think Congress should make the tax cuts permanent, or should Congress allow the tax cuts to expire?"

.

Make
Permanent
Allow To
Expire
Unsure    
% % %    

1/15-17/05

54 35 11    

.

"Generally speaking, who do you think has been helped more by the tax cut: rich people, middle income people or poor people?"

.

Rich Middle
Income
Poor All (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

1/15-17/05

58 25 5 5 7

.

"Which do you think is more effective in stimulating the nation's economy: an economic agenda focused on returning money to taxpayers through tax cuts, or an economic agenda focused on reducing the federal deficit and paying down the national debt?" Options rotated

.

Tax Cuts Reducing
Deficit/Debt
Unsure    
% % %    

1/15-17/05

46 45 9    

.

"Which do you think is more effective in stimulating the nation's economy: an economic agenda focused on returning money to taxpayers through tax cuts, or an economic agenda focused on spending for improvements to the country's infrastructure such as roads, bridges and schools?" Options rotated

.

Tax Cuts Spending Unsure    
% % %    

1/15-17/05

34 60 6    

.

"As you may know, President Bush has said that reforming the tax code will be one of his top priorities during his second term. Do you think Bush should reform the tax code, or not?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

1/15-17/05

59 24 17    

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Nov. 3-5, 2004. N=844 registered voters nationwide.

.

"If you had to choose, would you prefer balancing the budget or cutting taxes?" Half sample (Form A)

.

Balance
Budget
Cut
Taxes
Unsure
% % %
11/04 66 31 3
3/04 61 36 3

.

"If you had to choose, would you prefer balancing the budget or spending more on education, health care and economic development?" Half sample (Form B)

.

Balance
Budget
Spend
More
Unsure
% % %
11/04 44 55 1
3/04 36 62 2

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 2-5, 2004. N=1,029 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you think the tax cuts which Congress passed and George W. Bush signed into law have mostly helped the U.S. economy, have had no effect, or have mostly hurt the U.S. economy in the past year?" Options rotated

Mostly
Helped
No
Effect
Mostly
Hurt
No
Opinion
% % % %
1/04 41 35 20 4

 

CNN/Time Poll conducted by Harris Interactive. Dec. 30, 2003-Jan. 1, 2004. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"Do you think U.S. companies that use off-shore tax shelters should be eligible for U.S. government contracts or don't you think they should be eligible for U.S. government contracts?"

Eligible Not
Eligible
Not
Sure
% % %
1/04 25 58 17

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2003. N=981 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which do you think is better way to improve the national economy: cutting taxes or reducing the federal budget deficit?"

.

Cut Taxes Reduce
Deficit
Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
9-10/03 28 59 2 11
5/27-28/03 32 55 2 11
5/9-12/03 31 58 2 9
4/03 32 54 3 11
1/03 36 56 2 6

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 23-24, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you think the 2003 tax cuts have helped your family's finances this year?"

.

Have Helped Have Not
Helped
Unsure Didn't
Receive (vol.)
% % % %
9/03 30 61 6 3

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. July 14-Aug. 5, 2003. N=2,528 adults nationwide. MoE ± 2.

.

"In recent years, President Bush and Congress have made two major cuts in federal income tax rates. Do you approve or disapprove of these tax cuts?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
7-8/03 54 37 9

 

The Harris Poll. June 10-15, 2003. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"The Congress passed and the President has signed a new tax cut. Overall do you think this tax cut was a good or bad thing?"

.

ALL Republicans Democrats Independents
% % % %
Good thing 50 70 38 47
Bad thing 35 16 51 39
Not sure 14 14 11 14

.

"Do you think the tax cut is generally fair as to how it is divided between the rich, middle class or poor, or is it generally unfair?"

.

ALL Republicans Democrats Independents
% % % %
Generally fair 34 53 24 31
Generally unfair 54 32 67 59
Not sure 13 15 9 10

.

"Do you think that the tax cut will help the [see below] a lot, some, only a little or not at all?"

.

A Lot Some Only a Little Not at All Unsure
% % % % %
"The rich" 42 30 12 6 10
"The middle class" 11 39 31 11 8
"Low-income workers" 13 21 28 32 7

.

"How much do you think you and your family will benefit from the tax cut: a lot, only a little or not at all?"

.

ALL Republicans Democrats Independents
% % % %
A lot 8 8 5 6
Only a little 51 60 45 51
Not at all 34 25 43 35
Not sure 7 7 6 9

.

"In the long run do you think the tax cut will strengthen or weaken the economy?"

.

ALL Republicans Democrats Independents
% % % %
Strengthen 45 69 29 39
Weaken 36 17 53 37
Neither (vol.) 8 4 7 12
Not sure 11 9 11 12

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 3-4, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the economic policies being passed by the Congress?"

Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure
% % %
6/03 39 38 23

.

"Last week, President Bush signed a new 350 billion dollar tax cut package. Do you think the new tax cuts will help your family's finances this year?"

Yes No Unsure
% % %
6/03 35 59 6

.

"Do you think the new 350 billion dollar tax cut package will help or hurt the nation's economy?"

Help Hurt Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
6/03 48 33 7 12

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 30-June 1, 2003. N=1,019 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Thinking now about taxes: Do you think the tax cuts recently signed into law by George W. Bush were a good idea or a bad idea at this time?"

Good
Idea
Bad
Idea
Unsure
% % %
5-6/03 47 43 10

.

"Do you think the new tax cut law will or will not help your family's financial situation?" Form A (N=514, MoE ± 5)

Will Will Not Unsure
% % %
5-6/03 35 56 9

.

"Do you think the new tax cut law will or will not help the U.S. economy?" Form B (N=505, MoE ± 5)

Will Will Not Unsure
% % %
5-6/03 47 47 6

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. May 20-21, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"In general, do you think the 2001 tax cuts have helped or hurt the nation's economy?"

%

.

Helped 37

.

Hurt 38

.

Mixed (vol.) 11

.

Not sure 14

.

.

"The Bush Administration had proposed a $726 billion tax cut package. It now looks like Congress will settle on a $400 billion dollar tax cut plan. Will you be happy if Congress passes a $400 billion dollar tax cut package?"

%

.

Yes 56

.

No 28

.

Not sure 16

.

.

"Do you think a $400 billion dollar tax cut package will help stimulate the nation's economy?"

%

.

Yes 46

.

No 40

.

Not sure 14

.


 

Los Angeles Times Poll. April 2-3, 2003. N=745 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

"The Senate has reduced President Bush's tax cut in half to 350 billion dollars over the next 10 years. Supporters of the tax cut say that it would stimulate the economy and provide more long-term growth. Opponents of the tax cut say the new tax cuts would not stimulate the economy and would increase the deficit at a time when Bush is requesting an additional 75 billion dollars in immediate funding to finance the war in Iraq. Do you think the U.S. can or cannot afford a 350 billion dollar tax cut under these circumstances?"

.

Can
Afford
Cannot
Afford
Don't
Know
% % %
ALL 29 57 14
Democrats 19 73 8
Independents 34 51 15
Republicans 43 44 13

.

"Do you think the 350 billion dollar tax cut should still go through even if that means money will have to be taken out of Social Security funds to pay for other government programs as a result, or do you think the tax cuts should not go through if that is the case?"

.

Should
Go Through
Should
Not Go
Through
Don't
Know
% % %
ALL 12 82 6
Democrats 8 91 1
Independents 17 76 7
Republicans 20 70 10

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). March 29-30, 2003. N=501 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.4.

.

"Thinking about the war in Iraq and the recent economic slowdown, which of the following statements comes closer to your view? Congress should pass President Bush's tax cut plan because it is needed to stimulate economic growth. OR, Congress should not pass President Bush's tax cut plan because the federal budget is now in deficit and the costs of the war are unknown."

%

.

Should pass tax cut 38
Should not pass tax cut 52
Not sure 10

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 27, 2003. N=508 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.5.

.

"As you may know, Bush has proposed a 726 billion dollar tax cut over the next 10 years. The Senate has voted to reduce that to 350 billion dollars in order to help pay for the war, reduce the deficit and shore up the Social Security fund. Do you support or oppose this reduction in Bush's proposed tax cut?"

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
3/03 65 29 6

.

If support reduction in proposed tax cut:
"
Would you support or oppose eliminating the tax cut entirely?"

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
3/03 45 50 5

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 24-26, 2003. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"As you may know, George W. Bush announced a series of economic proposals earlier this year. Based on what you have read or heard, do you favor or oppose Bush's economic plan?"

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
2/24-26/03 45 40 15
1/31 - 2/2/03 51 39 10
1/23-25/03 46 38 16
1/10-12/03 42 37 21

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 23-25, 2003. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Now, we'd like to ask you a couple of questions about the federal budget. First, which of these statements do you think best describes the fact that the U.S. will have federal budget deficits for the foreseeable future: it is a crisis, it is a major problem, it is a minor problem, or it is not a problem at all?" Options rotated

Crisis Major
Problem
Minor
Problem
Not a
Problem
No
Opinion
% % % % %
1/23-25/03 11 56 28 2 3

.

"How much do you blame George W. Bush for the federal budget deficits: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or not at all?"

Great
Deal
Moderate
Amount
Not
Much
Not
At All
No
Opinion
% % % % %
1/23-25/03 18 29 31 19 3

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Jan. 14-15, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"What is the maximum percentage of a person's income that should go to taxes -- that's all taxes, state, federal and local? Out of every dollar, what's the highest percentage anybody should have to pay?"
1/03 3/01 3/99
% % %
Less than 20% 53 52 65
21-30% 25 27 24
31-40% 6 7 3
41-50% 1 1 1
51-60% - - -

Whatever the government wants to take

1 1 1
Not sure 14 12 6

.

"Based on what you know about the economic plan President Bush proposed last week, do you think the President's proposed tax cuts are fair or unfair to people like you?"
%
Fair 38
Unfair 42
Not sure 20

 

Los Angeles Times Poll. Dec. 12-15, 2002. N=1,305 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

ALL Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
Repub-
licans

%

%

%

%

Order of the following two questions was rotated:
"
Which do you think is more effective in stimulating the nation's economy: [rotate] an economic agenda focused on returning money to taxpayers through tax cuts, OR an economic agenda focused on reducing the federal deficit and paying down the national debt?"

 

Tax cuts

45

35

47

60

 

Reducing deficit and debt

44

54

44

35

 

Don't know

11

11

9

5

.

"Which do you think is more effective in stimulating the nation's economy: [rotate] an economic agenda focused on returning money to taxpayers through tax cuts, OR an economic agenda focused on spending for improvements to the country's infrastructure such as roads, bridges and schools?"

 

Tax cuts

39

29

35

53

 

Infrastructure spending

53

63

60

40

 

Don't know

8

8

5

7

.

"Do you think President Bush's tax cut of more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years is a good thing for the nation's economy, or is it a bad thing for the nation's economy, or will it have no effect on the nation's economy one way or the other?"

 

Good thing

40

22

38

67

 

Bad thing

26

38

29

9

 

No effect

19

24

20

12

 

Don't know

15

16

13

12


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). Dec. 7-9, 2002. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

 

.

"Which comes closer to your view? The President and Congress need to adopt a set of policies to stimulate the economy. OR, The economy is recovering on its own and we do not need government programs to stimulate the economy."

    %      
  Need to stimulate economy 64      
  Economy recovering on its own 28      
  Depends (vol.) 4      
 

Not sure 4      
 

.

"Which do you think would help most at this point: trying to stimulate the economy with tax cuts, trying to stimulate the economy with additional spending on domestic programs, or do you think that neither tax cuts nor additional domestic spending are necessary at this point?" Form A (N=500)

    %      
  Stimulate with tax cuts 29      
  Stimulate with additional spending 20      
  Neither are necessary 42      
 

Not sure 9      

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Nov. 20-24, 2002. N=996 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you think the government can reduce the federal budget deficit and cut taxes at the same time?"

Can Cannot Don't
Know
% % %
11/02 42 48 10

.

"If you had to choose, would you prefer reducing the federal budget deficit or cutting taxes?"

Reducing
Deficit
Cutting
Taxes
Both
(vol.)
Don't
Know
% % % %
11/02 45 44 4 7

.

"Overall, do you think the tax cuts enacted in 2001 have been good for the nation's economy, bad for the economy, or haven't they made much difference one way or the other?" Half sample (N=488)

Good Bad Not Much
Difference
Don't
Know
% % % %
11/02 20 12 61 7

.

"From what you have heard so far, who do you think has benefited the most from the tax cuts: rich people, poor people, or middle income people?" Half sample (N=488)

Rich Poor Middle
Income
All Three
(vol.)
Don't
Know
% % % % %
11/02 62 3 20 3 12

.

"The tax cuts passed in 2001 are scheduled to take effect over a nine year period and then taxes will go back to where they were before the tax cuts. Which comes closer to your view: (1) the country should continue cutting taxes right now and should consider making all the tax cuts permanent; OR, (2) the country should not continue to cut taxes right now and not consider making the tax cuts permanent?" Half sample (N=488)

Consider
Making
Permanent
Shouldn't
Consider
Making
Permanent
Keep Cuts/
Don't Make
Permanent
(vol.)
Don't
Know
% % % %
11/02 45 44 1 10

.

"When the tax cuts were passed, there was a budget surplus. Do you think using a significant portion of the budget surplus to cut taxes was the best thing to do, or would it have been better to have spent the money on programs like Social Security and Medicare?"

  %
Using for tax cuts was the best thing 23
Better to have spent on Social Security/Medicare 69
Don't know 8

 

Investor’s Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor poll conducted by TIPP, the polling arm of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence. Aug. 5-9, 2002. N=903 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.3.

 

.

"Some members of Congress have suggested that taxes be increased or that tax cuts that are scheduled to take effect be partly revoked to help the economy. Do you agree or disagree with this approach?"

%      
Agree 42      
Disagree 53      
Not sure 4      

 

ABC News.com Poll. April 10-14, 2002. N=1,043 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Out of every dollar the federal government collects in taxes, how many cents do you think are wasted?"

MEAN
Amount

None
(vol.)

%
All
(vol.)

%
No
Opinion

%
4/02 47 cents n/a n/a 13
4/00 46 cents 4 4 4
1/98 56 cents 1 3 9
1/95 51 cents 1 3 7

.

"In enforcing the nation's tax laws, would you say the Internal Revenue Service is too harsh on average people, about right, or not tough enough?"

Too
Harsh

About
Right
Not
Tough
Enough
No
Opinion

%

% % %
4/02

44

43 7 6
2/98

61

29 4 5

 

Associated Press Poll conducted by ICR. March 22-26, 2002. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Thinking about the federal income tax cuts Congress passed last year, do you expect your taxes to go down a lot, go down a little, or not go down at all?"
%
Go down a lot 4
Go down a little 36
Not go down at all 54
Don't know 6

.

"Do you expect to get a tax refund this year or will you have to pay more money than the amount withheld from your paycheck?"
%
Get a refund 59
Have to pay 27
Retired/Don't pay taxes (vol.) 4
Don't know 10

.

"Would you be willing to give up some deductions to make the tax system simpler, or would you not be willing to give up some deductions?"
%
Willing 36
Not willing 53
Don't pay taxes (vol.) 2
Don't know 10

.

"Generally speaking, when politicians talk about tax cuts, do you think those tax cuts are aimed at helping you or helping someone else?"
%
Helping me 15
Helping someone else 80
Don't know 5

.

"Would you be more likely to vote for a congressional candidate who thought it was more important to cut taxes, or for a congressional candidate who thought it was more important to balance the budget?"
%
Cut taxes 23
Balance the budget 72
Don't know 5

 

The Gallup Poll. Jan. 7-9, 2002. N=1,015 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Thinking about the economy: In general, do you prefer the Republicans' or the Democrats' approach to deal with the country's current economic problems?"
Repub-
licans'
Demo-
crats'
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Not
Sure
% % % % %
1/02 43 37 3 8 9
12/01 44 35 4 5 12

.

"As you may know, Congress is considering a bill to stimulate the economy. In this bill, do you think most of the money should be spent on new tax cuts, or do you think most of the money should be spent on increased government spending on such things as benefits for recently unemployed workers and construction projects?"
New
Tax Cuts
More
Spending
Both/
Neither
(vol.)
Not
Sure
% % % %
1/02 41 46 8 5
11/01 32 56 7 5

.

"As you may know, Congress passed a tax cut last year. Some of the tax cuts were scheduled to go into effect this year. Just your opinion, should Congress postpone or repeal the tax cuts, or go ahead with the tax cuts as planned?"
Postpone/
Repeal
Go
Ahead
Not
Sure
% % %
1/02 28 67 5

 

Investor's Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor poll conducted by TIPP, the polling arm of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence. Nov. 7-11, 2001. N=920 adults nationwide.

.

"Now I am going to read different actions the government could take to stimulate the economy. As I read each one please tell me if you favor or oppose the action. Okay? How about [see below]?"
Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
"Increasing the minimum wage to stimulate the economy"
75 23 2

.

"Increasing infrastructure spending to stimulate the economy, e.g., building or improving roads, bridges and railroads, etc."
72 22 6

.

"Cutting federal income taxes to stimulate the economy"
66 31 4

.

"Cutting capital gains taxes to stimulate the economy"
61 28 11

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). Nov. 9-11, 2001. N=809 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

.

"Which of the following options do you think should receive greater emphasis in an economic stimulus plan? Option A: Extend unemployment benefits and help pay health care premiums for laid-off workers and fund public works programs to create jobs. OR, Option B: Provide tax cuts for individuals to stimulate spending and especially for businesses to encourage investment and create jobs."
%
Option A: Extend benefits, fund public works 43
Option B: Tax cuts for individuals and businesses 50
Not sure 7

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Sept. 27-28, 2001. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which of the following, if any, would you personally favor to try to stimulate the economy and avoid a long recession? Would you favor or oppose [see below]?"
Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
"Major new government spending for security and infrastructure improvements, and to help New York City"
89 8 3

.

"Accelerated depreciation for new buildings and equipment that would reduce taxes for many businesses"
61 26 13

.

"Cutting capital gains taxes on profits from the sale of real estate, stocks and other investments"
54 32 14

.

"Another tax rebate to almost all Americans who pay income taxes, as large or larger than the last one"
42 50 8

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Aug. 24-26, 2001. N=814 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

"As you may know, the federal government currently has a budget surplus, which means the government takes in more money than it spends. Recent reports indicate that the size of the federal budget surplus has decreased by more than $100 billion since April of this year. Please tell me whether you think each of the following is very responsible, somewhat responsible, not very responsible, or not responsible at all for the decrease in the budget surplus. How about [see below]?"
Very Some-
what
Not
Very
Not
At all
No
Opinion
% % % % %
George W. Bush 33 39 11 13 4
The Republicans in Congress 24 47 12 10 7
The Democrats in Congress 15 46 18 13 8

.

"Do you think the decrease in the budget surplus is a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a serious problem at all?"
%
Very serious 34
Somewhat serious 39
Not very serious 15
Not serious at all 10
No opinion 2

.

"What do you think is more likely to happen to the federal budget by next year: the government will have a budget surplus, or the government will have a budget deficit?"
%
Surplus 40
Deficit 54
No opinion 6

.

"Do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party would do a better job of dealing with each of the following issues and problems? The federal budget."
%
Republican Party 44
Democratic Party 45
No opinion 11

 

The Gallup Poll. Aug. 16-19, 2001. N=1,013 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Finally, as part of the tax cut that became law earlier this year, the federal government is sending checks for about $300 to $600 to most people who paid taxes this year. Do you think that the new tax cut law will be a good thing for the country, will not make much difference, or will be a bad thing for the country?"
8/16-19 7/19-22
% %
Good thing 36 40
Not much difference 44 39
Bad thing 17 18
No opinion 3 3

.

"Just your opinion: Do you think the tax cut should have been bigger than it was, smaller than it was, or was it about right the way it was passed into law?"
%
Bigger 29
Smaller 17
About right 47
No opinion 7

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 26-30, 2001. N=1,352 adults nationwide. MoE ± 2.5.

.

"As you may know, Congress has approved a tax cut of nearly one-point-four trillion dollars over the next 10 years. In general, do you think this tax cut will be good for the economy, bad for the economy, or won't it make much difference?"
%
Good 37
Bad 20
Won't make much difference 42
No opinion 1

.

"Do you think this tax cut will or will not leave enough money to keep the federal budget balanced and provide enough money for programs such as Social Security, education and health care?"
%
Will 45
Will not 52
No opinion 3

 

The Gallup Poll. April 6-8, 2001. N=1,025 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"All in all, which of the following best describes how you feel about doing your income taxes: you love it, you like it, you dislike it, or you hate it?"
4/01 4/00
% %
Love it 3 3
Like it 21 15
Dislike it 35 39
Hate it 31 32
None of these (vol.) 6 9
No opinion 4 2

 

CBS News Poll. April 4-5, 2001. N=660 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

ALL Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
% % % %
"Some lawmakers are saying there will be a budget surplus in the coming years. If that happens and you had to choose among the following things, how would you like the money to be used: 1. To cut income taxes; 2. To pay down the national debt; 3. To preserve programs like Medicare and Social Security; OR, 4. Something else?"
Cut income taxes 21 40 7 22
Pay down debt 14 12 15 13
Preserve Medicare/Social Security 47 30 65 44
Something else (vol.) 8 5 5 12
Combination (vol.) 8 11 8 6
Don't know 2 2 0 3

.

"Given the way things are going right now, do you think a large tax cut would be good for the economy, bad for the economy, or wouldn't it make much difference one way or the other?"
Good for economy 38 62 24 35
Bad for economy 20 8 28 21
Wouldn't make much difference 37 28 41 38
Don't know 5 2 7 6

.

"Do you favor or oppose George W. Bush's $1.6 trillion tax cut for the country over the next 10 years?"
Favor 51 78 31 51
Oppose 37 12 60 34
Don't know 12 10 9 15

.

"Do you favor or oppose the tax cut proposed by the Democrats in Congress, which is smaller than George W. Bush's, but would take effect immediately?"
Favor 43 18 60 43
Oppose 37 63 25 32
Don't know 20 18 15 25

.

"Who do you think is more likely to have a tax plan that is fair to people like you: George W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress?"
Bush 38 82 13 32
Democrats in Congress 45 10 79 38
Both (vol.) 1 0 0 3
Neither (vol.) 4 3 3 5
Don't know 12 5 5 22

.

"Do you think it is possible or not possible to preserve programs like Social Security and Medicare, increase spending on education, AND implement the $1.6 trillion income tax cuts George W. Bush has proposed -- at the same time?"
Possible 44 67 25 44
Not possible 44 19 65 43
It depends (vol.) 2 5 2 1
Don't know 10 9 8 12

.

"If Bush's proposed tax cut is adopted, do you think it will or will not make a significant difference in the amount of money you have after taxes?"
Will 36 45 28 36
Will not 58 51 69 55
Don't know 6 4 3 9

.

"From what you've heard so far, who do you think would benefit most from George W. Bush's tax cut plan: rich people, poor people, or middle-income people?"
Rich people 55 26 81 52
Poor people 4 5 2 5
Middle-income people 26 48 11 25
Rich and middle (vol.) 1 1 2 0
Poor and middle (vol.) 1 1 1 1
Everybody (vol.) 7 13 1 8
No one (vol.) 1 0 0 1
Don't know 5 6 2 8

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. March 28-29, 2001. N=905 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Based on what you know about it, do you favor or oppose President Bush's proposal for a 1.6 trillion dollar tax cut over the next 10 years?"
Favor Oppose Not
Sure
% % %
3/28-29/01 55 33 12
3/14-15/01 55 32 13
2/7-8/01 54 29 17

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 22-25, 2001. N=903 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which of these do you think should be the top priority for any surplus money in the federal budget: cut federal income taxes, put it toward reducing the national debt, strengthen the Social Security system, or increase spending on other domestic programs such as education or health care?"
3/01 2/01
% %
Education/Health care spending 37 35
Strengthen Social Security 24 25
Cut federal income taxes 20 22
Reduce the national debt 18 17
No opinion 1 1

.

"As you may know, Bush has proposed cutting taxes by one-point-six trillion dollars over 10 years. Do you think this tax cut is too big, too small or about right?"
%
Too big 36
Too small 10
About right 48
No opinion 6

.

"As you may know, the federal government is forecasting a budget surplus of five-point-six trillion dollars over the next 10 years. Just your best guess, do you think that budget surplus is a realistic expectation, or unrealistic?"
%
Realistic 26
Unrealistic 69
No opinion 5

.

"Would you support or oppose a proposal to reduce the tax cut in future years if the federal budget surplus turns out to be lower than expected?"
%
Support 68
Oppose 28
No opinion 4

.

"Do you think the tax cut Bush has proposed would benefit you personally, or not?" If "Yes": "Do you think it would benefit you a great deal, or only somewhat?"
%
Would -- a great deal 11
Would -- only somewhat 37
Would not 49
No opinion 2

 

CNN/Time Poll conducted by Yankelovich Partners. March 21-22, 2001. N=1,025 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"Based on what you have heard or read, do you favor or oppose George W. Bush’s tax cut plan?"

.

3/01 2/01
% %
Favor 51 49
Oppose 40 36
Not sure 9 15

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 9-11, 2001. N=1,015 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Thinking for a moment about taxes: As you may know, on Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a plan to cut federal income taxes that had been proposed by President Bush. Do you approve or disapprove of that vote?"
%
Approve 61
Disapprove 33
No opinion 6

.

"Now, the Senate will consider the tax cut plan passed by the House. Do you think the Senate should pass the tax cut plan substantially as the House passed it; pass the tax cut plan, but only with major changes; or reject the tax cut?"
%
Pass as House passed it 41
Pass with major changes 35
Reject the tax cut 17
No opinion 7

.

"Looking ahead to the debate on the tax bill in the U.S. Senate, would you favor or oppose each of the following changes to the tax cut plan passed by the House? How about . . . ?"
Favor Oppose No
Opinion
% % %
"Significantly lowering the total amount of the tax cuts"
59 36 5

.

"Stopping the tax cuts if it looks like they will create a budget deficit in the future"
63 33 4

.

"Adjusting the plan so that more of the tax cuts go to lower income taxpayers"
75 22 3

.

"Do you think the federal government has enough money for education and Social Security, paying down the federal debt, as well as the tax cut which the House of Representatives passed on Thursday?"
%
Yes 51
No 43
No opinion 6

.

Asked of Form A (N=530, MoE ± 5):
"If the tax cut plan is enacted, how likely is it that each of the following would happen: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely? How about . . . ?"
Very
Likely
Some-
what
Likely
Not
Too
Likely
Not At
All
Likely
No
Opinion
% % % % %
"It would cause a federal budget deficit"
23 33 23 16 5

.

"It would take money away that is needed to protect Social Security"
33 23 21 19 4

.

"It would mostly benefit the rich"
47 28 12 10 3

.

Asked of Form B (N=485, MoE ± 5):
"If the tax cut plan is enacted, how likely is it that each of the following would happen: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely? How about . . . ?"
Very
Likely
Some-
what
Likely
Not
Too
Likely
Not At
All
Likely
No
Opinion
% % % % %
"It would provide you and your family money to spend and save"
28 34 19 18 1

.

"It would provide others in the country money to spend and save"
31 42 14 11 2

.

"It would help the economy"
29 39 17 11 4

 

The Los Angeles Times Poll. March 3-5, 2001. N=1,449 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you think President Bush’s policies will make the country’s economy stronger over the next four years, or will they make the economy weaker, or will the economy remain about where it is today?"
%
Stronger 33
Weaker 22
Remain about where it is 33
Don't know 12

.

"During the presidential campaign George W. Bush proposed using the budget surplus for an across-the-board tax cut of $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years for all taxpayers as part of his economic program, rather than a targeted tax cut for low- and middle-income families. Do you approve or disapprove of Bush’s tax cut proposal?"
%
Approve 52
Disapprove 40
Don't know 8

.

"Do you think using the budget surplus for a $1.6 trillion tax cut over the next 10 years is a good thing for the nation’s economy, or is it a bad thing for the nation’s economy, or will it have no effect on the nation’s economy?"
%
Good 43
Bad 25
No effect 19
Don't know 13

.

"Do you think you or your family would get additional income from the proposed tax cut or not?" If "Yes": "What would you personally do with the additional income you would receive from a tax cut? Would you put all of it in savings, or would you use all of it to buy things for yourself or your family, or would you do a little of both?"
%
Would not get income 48
Put all in savings 8
Use all to buy things 7
A little of both 26
Don't know 11

.

"Generally speaking, who do you think would be helped more by the tax cut: rich people, middle-income people, or poor people?"
%
Rich 53
Middle-income people 19
Poor people 11
All (vol.) 10
Don't know 7

.

"George W. Bush has proposed a tax cut of $1.6 trillion and eliminating about two-thirds of the national debt over the next 10 years, which is about $2 trillion. Democrats say the tax cut should be about half as big with more money devoted to spending on domestic programs such as Medicare and education and reducing the debt. Which comes closer to your view?"
%
Bush's proposal 30
Democrats' proposal 55
Neither (vol.) 4
Don't know 11

.

"Which one of these statements comes closer to your view? [Rotate:] The government should pay down as much of the national debt with most of the budget surplus as it can over the next 10 years. OR, The government should pay down a smaller amount of the national debt to leave money from the budget surplus for tax cuts and spending in areas like education and Medicare."
%
Pay down debt 35
Tax cuts/Spending 58
Don't know 7

.

"President Bush proposed to limit the growth of federal spending next year to four percent, slightly above the rate of inflation and much less than government spending has grown in the last few years. [Rotate:] Bush says that this limit of growth to four percent is enough money to fund priorities like education and medical research while preventing spending from growing too fast. Democrats say Bush’s proposal to limit growth to four percent is imposing cuts in needed programs in order to pay for his $1.6 trillion tax cut. Which argument comes closer to your view?"
%
Bush's argument 44
Democrats' argument 38
Don't know 18

 

Reuters/Zogby Poll. Feb. 27-28, 2001. N=601 likely voters nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

"President Bush has proposed a $1.6 trillion tax cut. Do you support or oppose such a cut?"

Support

Oppose

Unsure

%

%

%

2/27-28/01 51 39 10
2/9-14/01 57 33 10

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Feb. 21-25, 2001. N=1,050 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which of these would you prefer: [rotate] a large tax-cut plan that provides an across-the-board tax cut for everyone, OR a smaller tax cut plan that provides targeted tax cuts mainly for lower- and middle-income people?"
%
Large tax cut 43
Smaller tax cut 53
No opinion 4

.

"As you may know, Bush has proposed cutting taxes by one-point-six trillion dollars over 10 years. Do you think this tax cut would or would not leave enough money to keep the federal budget balanced and provide enough money for programs such as Social Security, education and health care?"
%
Would 40
Would not 42
No opinion 18

.

"Do you think the tax cut Bush has proposed would mainly benefit lower-income people, middle-income people, upper-income people, or all people about equally?"
%
Lower 4
Middle 8
Upper 47
All about equally 33
No opinion 8

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Feb. 14-19, 2001. N=1,513 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

Split sample (N=728, MoE ± 4.5):
"As you may know, the federal government now has a budget surplus. In your opinion, which ONE of the following should be done with the available money? Should the money be used [rotate] for a tax cut; to pay off the national debt more quickly; for increased spending on domestic programs such as health, education, and the environment; or to help make the Social Security and Medicare programs financially sound?"
2/01 2/00
% %
Social Security and Medicare 37 44
Domestic programs 23 24
Tax cut 19 12
Pay off national debt 17 18
Don't know 4 2

.

Split sample (N=785, MoE ± 4.5):
"Now thinking specifically about the debate over taxes: Do you approve or disapprove of George W. Bush's tax proposal?"
%
Approve 43
Disapprove 34
Don't know 23

.

"People have differing views on why we should cut taxes. In your view, what's the better reason for a national tax cut? To provide tax relief for people like yourself or to stimulate the economy to prevent a recession?"
%
To provide tax relief 32
To stimulate the economy 49
Both (vol.) 10
Neither/No good reason (vol.) 5
Don't know 4

.

"If George W. Bush's tax bill becomes law, do you think the tax cuts will generally be fair to everyone, or will the tax cuts mainly benefit some people much more than others?"
%
Generally fair 26
Benefit some more than others 65
Other (vol.) 1
Don't know 8

.

Asked of those who answered "Benefit some more than others" (N=1,001):
"Who will mainly benefit from the tax cuts: the wealthy, the middle class, or the poor?"
%
Wealthy 79
Middle class 12
Poor 4
Other (vol.) 1
Don't know 4

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Feb. 8-9, 2001. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"As you may know, the federal budget now has a surplus -- which means the government in Washington collects more money from taxes and other sources than it spends. In general, would you prefer to see the federal surplus used MAINLY to cut people's taxes, or to pay down the federal debt and make Social Security and Medicare more financially solvent?"
%
Cut taxes 28
Pay down debt, etc. 65
Neither/Other (vol.) 2
Don't know 5

.

"Considering talk that the U.S. economy may be headed toward recession, do you think Bush should continue to push hard for across-the-board tax cuts, or compromise in favor of more limited tax cuts?"
%
Push hard 37
Compromise 52
Delay/Reject tax cut (vol.) 1
Don't know 10

.

"If the across-the-board tax cuts Bush proposes are passed into law, how much effect -- if any -- do you think they will have in improving the economy and avoiding recession: a major effect, a minor effect, or no effect at all?"
%
Major effect 24
Minor effect 54
No effect at all 15
Don't know 7

.

"Please tell me how much you think each of the following groups would be helped financially by the proposed Bush tax cuts. What about [see below]? Do you think this group would be helped a lot, somewhat, only a little, or not at all?"
A Lot Somewhat A Little Not at all Don't
Know
% % % % %
Wealthy families 58 21 11 6 4
Middle income families 19 36 32 10 3
Poor families 21 23 29 23 4
People like you 16 33 28 20 3

.

"We're interested in people's views on the accuracy of recent projections about the size of the federal budget surplus -- about 6 trillion dollars over the next 10 years. Do you feel it is PRETTY SAFE to rely on these projections in making decisions about government spending and tax policy, OR do you think there is a good chance that the surplus will be A LOT LOWER than has been projected?"
%
Pretty safe to rely on 18
Good chance a lot lower 70
Don't know 12

 

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Feb. 7-8, 2001. N=901 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"How likely do you think it is that Congress will pass a major tax cut this year?"
%
Very likely 25
Somewhat likely 39
Not very likely 20
Not at all likely 10
Not sure 6

.

"Some people say a major tax cut would help families by spurring economic growth, while other people say it would hurt families by decreasing the funds available for programs such as education and health care. Which is closer to your view? Would a tax cut help families or hurt families?"
%
Help families 54
Hurt families 28
Mix (vol.) 9
Not sure 9

.

"Which of the following do you think would be better for the country: if the government decides how to spend the current budget surplus, or if there are tax cuts and taxpayers decide how to spend it?"
%
Government decides 20
Taxpayers decide 66
Not sure 14

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). June 14-18, 2000. N=1,740 registered voters nationwide.

.

Asked of half the sample:
"The federal government will have a surplus of funds in the next few years. For which one of the following would you like to see the surplus funds used: reducing the national debt, improving funding for needed government programs, or providing an across-the-board tax cut?"
6/00 1/97
% %
Tax cut 38 34
Reducing debt 32 41
Improving funding 22 18
All (vol.) 3 3
None/Other (vol.) 4 3
Not sure 1 1

 

Bloomberg News Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. May 25-June 4, 2000. N=1,208 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"As you may know, the federal government is running a budget surplus this year. In your opinion, which one of the following should be done with the money from the surplus? Should the money be used to cut federal taxes; to help make Social Security more financially sound; to pay off part of the federal debt; or to spend more on defense, education, health care and other domestic programs?"
%
Make Social Security sound 32
Spend on defense, domestic programs 32
Pay off federal debt 18
Cut federal taxes 14
None of these/Something else (vol.) 2
Don't know 3

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). April 29-May 1, 2000. N=500 registered voters nationwide.

.

"As you may know, George W. Bush recently proposed a major tax cut plan that reduces the personal income tax rate and eliminates the inheritance tax.

"Supporters say that this is a responsible plan because it is paid for by the budget surplus we will have from a growing economy, it stops Washington from more spending because it gives taxpayers back their own money, and it cuts income tax rates for low- and middle-income families. Opponents say that this is an irresponsible plan that will use up the entire budget surplus over five years, will result in major cuts to needed domestic programs such as education, and gives most of the benefits to the wealthiest Americans.

"Who do you think has the more convincing case on this matter: the supporters of the tax cut plan or the opponents of the tax cut plan?"

%
Supporters more convincing 43
Opponents more convincing 44
Neither (vol.) 3
Not sure 10

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. April 7-9, 2000. Nationwide.

.

Split sample, Form A (N=487; MoE +/- 5):
"What is your overall opinion of the Internal Revenue Service, also known as the IRS? Is it very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable?"
%
Very favorable 5
Somewhat favorable 35
Somewhat unfavorable 35
Very unfavorable 21
No opinion 4

.

Split sample, Form B (N=519; MoE +/- 5):
"Regardless of how you personally feel about the Internal Revenue Service, also known as the IRS, what kind of job do you think it is doing collecting the nation’s taxes. Do you think it is doing a very good job, a good job, a poor job, or a very poor job?"
%
Very good job 8
Good job 58
Poor job 21
Very poor job 7
No opinion 6

 

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 5-6, 2000. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which of the following best describes you during tax season? (1) You dream about spending your tax refund money. (2) You have nightmares about paying what you owe. OR, (3) You can't sleep at all worrying about finishing your return."
%
Dream about spending refund 37
Have nightmares about what you owe 16
Worry about finishing return 6
Not sure 41

.

"If you had a choice, do you think you would rather have a root canal at the dentist, or be audited by the IRS?"
%
Root canal 51
IRS audit 34
Not sure 15

 

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 8-9, 1999. N=904 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"The federal government currently has a budget surplus. Because of the surplus, Republicans want to give money back to the taxpayers in the form of tax cuts while Democrats want to spend the money on social programs. Republicans say the Democrats waste too much money. The Democrats say the Republicans only want to help the rich. From what you've heard about the tax cut debate, who do you think will win the debate: the Republicans or the Democrats?"
%
The Democrats 37
The Republicans 36
Neither (vol.) 9
Don't know 18

.

"How likely do you think it is that congressional Republicans and the President will reach a compromise on tax cuts this year: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not at all likely?"
%
Very likely 10
Somewhat likely 29
Not very likely 33
Not at all likely 21
Not sure 7

.

"Would you personally rather see the current federal budget surplus go: mostly to tax cuts, but spend some on social programs; or spend most on social programs, but give some to tax cuts?"
%
Mostly tax cuts 37
Mostly social programs 38
All tax cuts (vol.) 10
All social programs (vol.) 3
Not sure 12

.

"If the federal budget surplus is spent primarily on social programs, do you think it will do good things for people, or will most of it be wasted?"
%
Will do good things 35
Most will be wasted 56
Not sure 9

.

"Which political party’s tax cut proposal do you think will be better for you personally: the Republicans' or the Democrats'?
%
The Republicans' 44
The Democrats' 32
Not sure 24

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. July 16-18, 1999. N=1,031 adults nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

.

"Who do you think the Republicans in Congress are most interested in benefiting with their proposed tax cuts: the rich, the middle class, or both about equally?"
%
The rich 51
The middle class 13
Both about equally 30
Neither (vol.) 1
No opinion 5

.

.

"Who do you think the Democrats in Congress are most interested in benefiting with their proposed tax cuts: the rich, the middle class, or both about equally?"
%
The rich 26
The middle class 33
Both about equally 32
Neither (vol.) 3
No opinion 6

.

.

"Suppose that a family of four making $50,000 per year were to pay $5,000 per year in federal income taxes. Would you consider that amount of federal income taxes to be too high, about right, or too low?"
%
Too high 34
About right 52
Too low 10
Depends (vol.) 1
No opinion 3

 

Associated Press Poll conducted by ICR. March 26-30, 1999. N=1,012 adults nationwide.

.

"Do you think the federal tax system is too complicated, or not?"
%
Too complicated 66
Not too complicated 28
Don't know 6

.

"Would you be willing to give up some deductions to make the tax system simpler, or would you not be willing to give up some deductions?"
%
Willing to give up deductions 34
Not willing 56
Don't know 11
Refused 1

.

"Which tax system do you think is fairer: the system we have now, with higher tax rates for people with higher incomes, or a flat tax with the same rate for everyone?"
%
Present system 39
Flat tax 51
Don't know 9
Refused 1

.

"Do you do your own taxes or do you pay to have someone do them for you?"
%
Pay someone to do them 56
Do own taxes 40
Don't know 2
Refused 1

.

"Do you expect to get a tax refund this year or will you have to pay more money than the amount withheld from your paycheck?"
%
Expect refund 59
Will have to pay more 26
Don't know 10
Refused 3

 

The Harris Poll. March 19-23, 1999. N=1,008 adults nationwide.

.

"Do you think we should keep the existing income tax system, change it but not substantially, or change to a completely different system of income tax?"
Keep It Change It
A Little
Change
To New
System
Don't
Know
% % % %
ALL 21 31 44 5
Republicans 18 27 50 5
Democrats 26 33 35 6
Independents 15 36 47 3
Income:
$15,000 or less 32 33 26 9
$15,001 - $25,000 27 30 42 1
$25,001 - $35,000 18 38 41 3
$35,001 - $50,000 23 25 47 5
$50,001 - $75,000 13 38 49 -
$75,001 & over 9 32 59 -

.

"Would you favor or oppose a flat tax whereby everybody, whatever they earned, would pay income taxes on the same percentage of their income over some minimum level?"
Favor Oppose Don't
Know
% % %
ALL 60 35 5
Republicans 68 29 3
Democrats 46 49 5
Independents 66 29 5
Income:
$15,000 or less 58 37 5
$15,001 - $25,000 60 36 4
$25,001 - $35,000 58 38 3
$35,001 - $50,000 58 37 5
$50,001 - $75,000 57 40 3
$75,001 & over 70 30 -

.

"Would you favor or oppose replacing part of the income tax with a nationwide sales tax?"
Favor Oppose Don't
Know
% % %
ALL 34 57 9
Republicans 36 57 7
Democrats 31 59 10
Independents 36 56 8
Income:
$15,000 or less 34 58 7
$15,001 - $25,000 43 54 4
$25,001 - $35,000 34 61 5
$35,001 - $50,000 23 66 11
$50,001 - $75,000 40 57 2
$75,001 & over 44 52 5

 

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. March 10-11, 1999. N=900 registered voters nationwide.

.

"Which of the following bothers you most about taxes: the large amount you pay in taxes, the complexity of the tax system, or the feeling that some rich people get away not paying their fair share?"
%
Large amount you pay 21
Complexity of the system 26
Rich people not paying fair share 46
Not sure 7

.

"Do you believe politicians when they promise to lower tax rates?"
%
Yes 9
No 87
Not sure 4

.

"If you could choose one plan to collect all federal taxes, which federal tax plan would you prefer: a national sales tax, a flat-rate income tax with no deductions, or the current graduated income tax with deductions?"
3/99 10/97
% %
National sales tax 20 16
Flat-rate income tax 43 46
Graduated income tax 27 25
Not sure 10 13

.

"If you could choose one person to have audited by the IRS, who would it be: your mother-in-law, your boss, or your congressman?"
%
Mother-in-law 3
Boss 8
Congressman 68
Someone else (vol.) 11
Don't know 10

 


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