New Poll Shows Voters Oppose Tax Hikes Coming Out of the Pandemic

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Posted on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021, 4:10 PM PERMALINK

Voters believe we should not raise taxes coming out of a pandemic by an overwhelming 80 to 20 margin, according to a new poll conducted by HarrisX and commissioned by Americans for Tax Reform. 

Respondents were asked the following:

As the US comes out of the coronavirus pandemic and economic problems it caused, which comes closest to your view?

  • Now is the right time to raise taxes for new spending projects.
  • Now is not the right time to raise taxes because many businesses and individuals have not yet recovered.


80 percent of respondents answered, “Now is not the right time to raise taxes because many businesses and individuals have not yet recovered,” while just 20 percent answered, “ Now is the right time to raise taxes for new spending projects.”

The poll was conducted by HarrisX overnight online survey between March 31 to April 6 among 4,577 registered voters. The margin of error of this poll is plus or minus 1.45% and the results reflect a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults weighted for age by gender, region, race/ethnicity, and income where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population. 

Nearly every demographic believed now is not the right time to raise taxes:

  • 70 percent of Democrats and 69 percent of Biden voters said that the US should not be raising taxes coming out of the pandemic.
  • So did 82 percent of suburban voters and 79 percent of Independents.
  • 89 percent of Republicans and 92 percent of Trump voters shared this sentiment.


These findings should be instructive to lawmakers as President Biden pushes trillions of dollars in new spending and taxes, even as the country is still recovering from the Coronavirus pandemic.  

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