The Top Five Tax Polling Questions Anyone Would Ever Need to Know


Posted by Rushad Thomas on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012, 3:46 PM PERMALINK


Tax questions are among the most commonly polled issues by America’s opinion survey industry. It is important that conservatives use this positive tax polling data to our advantage, since the American people are generally supportive of the conservative message on taxes.

  • "Do you favor or oppose completely eliminating the estate tax, that is, the tax on property left by people who die?" When the Kaiser Family Foundation, National Public Radio and Harvard University asked about the "death tax," 60% favored eliminating it; 54% favored eliminating the tax when it was called the "estate tax" in another question on the same poll.
  • “What is the maximum percentage of a person’s income that should go to taxes – that is, all taxes, state, federal, and local?” The mean percentage for 2009 was 15.6 percent, up slightly from 14.7 percent in 2007. A plurality of those polled, 42 percent, felt that the maximum income tax rate should be between 10 and 19 percent. In 2007, a whopping 47 percent of those polled said that the maximum income tax rate should be between 10 and 19 percent.
  • “Do you believe that the amount you pay in taxes is too high?” A poll he took in April 2011 showed that 64% of voters believe that Americans are overtaxed.
  • “Do you prefer a government with fewer services and lower taxes, or more services and higher taxes?” 68% of voters said they prefer a government with fewer services and lower taxes.
  • “Are you willing to pay higher taxes to help reduce the federal budget deficit?” 71% of Americans answered no.

 

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