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Fairness of Federal Taxes

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How fair do you think our present federal tax system is? Overall would you say that our tax system is--very fair, moderately fair, not too fair, or not fair at all?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [Dec, 2011]




How fair do you think our present federal tax system is? Overall, would you say that our tax system is very fair, moderately fair, not too fair or not fair at all?
CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, [Apr, 2010]




Do you regard the (federal) income tax which you will have to pay this year (2007) as fair?
Gallup Poll, [Apr, 2007]



Tax Reform

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(Next, I'm going to read you several elements of the (2010) health reform law. As I read each one, please tell me whether you feel very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable about it.)...The law will increase the Medicare payroll tax on earnings for upper-income Americans.
University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant Poll, [Sep, 2013]




(Members of Congress who oversee the US tax system are studying ways to reform tax law. To start, they might eliminate all tax breaks and then debate which to add back or replace. As I read a list of items please tell me whether it is very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important to keep each.)...Lower tax rates for investment income, like capital gains and dividends
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [Jul, 2013]




(I'm going to read you a list of specific elements or parts of the (2010 health reform) law. For each, please tell me whether you think it is included in the health reform law, or not.) To the best of your knowledge, would you say the health reform law does or does not...increase the Medicare payroll tax on earnings for upper income Americans?
Note: Asked of Form A half sample
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, [Mar, 2013]



Cheating On Income Taxes

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How much, if any, do you think is an acceptable amount to cheat on your income taxes?...A little here and there, as much as possible, not at all
IRS Oversight Board Taxpayer Attitude Survey, [Aug, 2012]




(I'm going to read you some statements. For each one, please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree.)...Everyone who cheats on their taxes should be held accountable.
IRS Oversight Board Taxpayer Attitude Survey, [Aug, 2012]




(I'm going to read you some statements. For each one, please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree.)...It is everyone's personal responsibility to report anyone who cheats on their taxes.
IRS Oversight Board Taxpayer Attitude Survey, [Aug, 2012]



Excise Taxes On Liquor and Tobacco

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If a political candidate were in favor of treating marijuana like alcohol, therefore making it legal and regulating its sale and taxing it, would you be more likely to vote for the candidate, less likely to vote for the candidate, or would it not have much effect on your vote?
Note: Likely voters
Reason-Rupe Poll, [Sep, 2012]




To what extent are you in favor of the following policy initiatives to reduce substance use among young people?...Not at all, a little, somewhat, very much...Increase alcohol taxes to raise the cost of alcohol
CASA 2010 Adolescent Substance Use Survey, [Nov, 2010]




(To what extent are you in favor of the following policy initiatives to reduce substance use among young people?...Not at all, a little, somewhat, very much)...Increase cigarette taxes to raise the cost of smoking
CASA 2010 Adolescent Substance Use Survey, [Nov, 2010]



Sales Tax

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(Do you think each of the following taxes and fees are acceptable or not acceptable to avoid further spending cuts?)...Tax Internet sales
McClatchy/Marist Poll, [Dec, 2013]




Some state and local governments are finding they do not have enough money to fund government employee retirement benefits, including pensions and health care benefits....If your city or state faced this situation, would you favor or oppose this as a way to help fund government employee retirement benefits?...Raising property, sales, or income taxes
Reason-Rupe Poll, [Sep, 2013]




Next, suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law that would...allow each state to collect sales taxes on purchases its residents make online over the internet?
Gallup Poll, [Jun, 2013]



Capital Gains Tax

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(Members of Congress who oversee the US tax system are studying ways to reform tax law. To start, they might eliminate all tax breaks and then debate which to add back or replace. As I read a list of items please tell me whether it is very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important to keep each.)...Lower tax rates for investment income, like capital gains and dividends
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [Jul, 2013]




(I'm going to read you some suggestions that have been made to reduce the size of the federal budget deficit. Please tell me whether you would favor or oppose each of the following.) In order to reduce the budget deficit, would you favor or oppose...increasing the capital gains tax rate on income from investments?
CBS News Poll, [Mar, 2013]




(To achieve major reductions in the deficit, Congress and the president (Barack Obama) will have to consider major policy changes. Each of these policies would either produce increased revenue for the government or reduced spending by the government. For each one, please tell me whether you favor or oppose it.)...Long-term capital gains and dividends are now taxed at only 15 percent. Instead, tax those gains at the same rate as income from wages and salaries, which would add 533 billion dollars in revenue over 10 years....(If Favor/Oppose, ask:) (Is that strongly or somewhat favor/oppose?)
Sample: National voters
Note: Asked of Form A half sample
Democracy Corps Poll, [Jan, 2013]



Property Taxes

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Some state and local governments are finding they do not have enough money to fund government employee retirement benefits, including pensions and health care benefits....If your city or state faced this situation, would you favor or oppose this as a way to help fund government employee retirement benefits?...Raising property, sales, or income taxes
Reason-Rupe Poll, [Sep, 2013]




(Democrats say that it is very important to cut the deficit, but oppose these cuts as much too large, too fast and with the wrong priorities. Let me read you some statements the Democrats are making about the budget cuts. After each statement, tell me whether it makes you much less likely to support these cuts, somewhat less likely, just a little less likely, no less likely or more likely to support these budget cuts.)...This budget passes the bill to state and municipal governments. The costs will be passed down and result in rising property and sales taxes as state and local governments will have to foot the bill.
Sample: National likely voters
Note: Asked of Form A half sample
Democracy Corps Poll, [Feb, 2011]




(Now I am going to read you some of the specific spending cuts proposed in the House Republicans' budget for this year (2011). After I read each one, please tell me whether you favor or oppose it.)...It cuts funding to local government, which will mean further loss of middle class jobs in police, fire and teaching and likely higher local property taxes. (If Favor/Oppose, ask:) (Is that strongly or somewhat favor oppose?)
Sample: National likely voters
Note: Asked of Form A half sample
Democracy Corps Poll, [Feb, 2011]



State and Local Tax Woes: Spending vs. Services

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Some state and local governments are finding they do not have enough money to fund government employee retirement benefits, including pensions and health care benefits....If your city or state faced this situation, would you favor or oppose this as a way to help fund government employee retirement benefits?...Raising property, sales, or income taxes
Reason-Rupe Poll, [Sep, 2013]




As you may know, some state governments are facing budget problems that have forced them to raise taxes or reduce spending. What about in your state? Is your state government currently facing budget problems, or not?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Poll, [Mar, 2013]




(In many states, a consumer advocate independently represents and protects the interests of residential utility customers when utility companies request a rate increase from the state. New York State does not currently have a public utilities consumer advocate.) If such a consumer advocate office was created, funding would be needed to support the office. How strongly would you support or oppose Governor (Andrew) Cuomo including in his upcoming budget the creation of a consumer advocate office that would be funded with taxpayer dollars? Would you strongly support, somewhat support, neither support nor oppose, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose?
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31     Strongly support
29     Somewhat support
9     Neither support nor oppose
8     Somewhat oppose
17     Strongly oppose
6     Not sure
*     Refused
Sample: New York residents age 50+ in the D-SNAP designated areas of New York City and Long Island
AARP The Impact of Superstorm Sandy on Residents Age 50+ in NY Survey, [Dec, 2012]



Taxes on Energy

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(How much do you support or oppose the following policies?...Strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, strongly oppose)...Provide tax rebates for people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels
Yale University/George Mason University Climate Change in the American Mind: Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies Survey, [Apr, 2013]




(How much do you support or oppose the following policies?...Strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, strongly oppose)...Increase taxes on gasoline by 25 cents per gallon and return the revenues to taxpayers by reducing the Federal income tax
Yale University/George Mason University Climate Change in the American Mind: Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies Survey, [Apr, 2013]




Would you prefer to mostly increase revenues such as taxes and fees or mostly cut spending for energy (in order to close the federal budget deficit)?
Note: Registered voters
McClatchy/Marist Poll, [Mar, 2013]



Taxes on Oil Companies (Incentives & Windfall Profits)

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(How much do you support or oppose the following policies?...Strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, strongly oppose)...Require companies that import or produce fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) to pay a tax (a 'carbon tax') even if it costs the average household an average of $180 per year
Yale University/George Mason University Climate Change in the American Mind: Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies Survey, [Apr, 2013]




(Now I'm going to read you a statement that Barack Obama might say about our country. After I read this statement, please tell me whether this statement would make you much more likely to vote for Barack Obama, somewhat more likely, a little more likely, no more likely, or less likely to vote for Barack Obama.)...As a nation we are moving forward again, but we have much more to do to get folks back to work and make the middle class secure again. Let's create a million new manufacturing jobs and give tax breaks to companies that invest in America, not that ship jobs overseas. Let's produce more oil, clean-coal, natural gas, wind and solar energy right here in America. Let's prepare 100 thousand math and science teachers and expand student aid so more Americans can afford college. And let's reduce the deficit by four trillion dollars over the next decade.
Sample: National likely voters
Note: Asked of Form B half sample
Democracy Corps Poll, [Oct, 2012]




Now I'm going to read you a statement that Mitt Romney might say about our country. After I read this statement, please tell me whether this statement would make you much more likely to vote for Mitt Romney, somewhat more likely, a little more likely, no more likely, or less likely to vote for Mitt Romney....Too many Americans are struggling to find work in today's economy. Too many of those who are working are living paycheck to paycheck, trying to make falling incomes meet rising prices for food and gas. We need policies that will make things better for middle class families. We need a plan to create 12 million new jobs. Let's take advantage of our oil, coal and gas reserves to become energy independent. Let's lower tax rates for the middle class and small businesses, expand trade, crack down on China, and improve job training.
Sample: National likely voters
Note: Asked of Form A half sample
Democracy Corps Poll, [Oct, 2012]



Cut Taxes or Reduce Budget Deficit

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(Now I'm going to read you some things that some people might say about name of House incumbent. After I read each one, please tell me whether this raises very serious doubts, serious doubts, minor doubts, or no real doubts in your own mind about name of House incumbent.)...Name of House incumbent made sure that taxes on those earning over $250 thousand were not raised-and blocked any cut in special interests breaks and subsidies to be used for deficit reduction while taking donations from the wealthiest CEOs (Chief Executive Officer), lobbyists, and special interests.
Sample: National likely voters
Note: Asked of Form D one-quarter sample of those in Republican districts
Democracy Corps Poll, [Oct, 2013]




(Now I'm going to read you some things that some people might say about name of House incumbent. After I read each one, please tell me whether this raises very serious doubts, serious doubts, minor doubts, or no real doubts in your own mind about name of House incumbent.)...Name of House incumbent made sure that taxes on those earning over $250 thousand were not raised-and blocked any cut in special interests breaks and subsidies to be used for deficit reduction.
Sample: National likely voters
Note: Asked of Form C one-quarter sample of those in Republican districts
Democracy Corps Poll, [Oct, 2013]




In your view, what is the best way to reduce the federal budget deficit? Should we mostly focus on cutting major programs, mostly focus on increasing taxes, or should we do a combination of both?
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11     Cutting major programs
7     Increasing taxes
74     Combination of both
1     Deficit is not a priority/Don't focus on deficit (Vol.)
6     Don't know/Refused
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [Dec, 2012]



Tax Dollars Wasted by the Government

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For every dollar you pay in federal taxes, about how many cents do you think are wasted by the government?
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    Mean= $0.60
Reason-Rupe Poll, [Sep, 2013]




For every dollar you pay in federal taxes, about how many cents do you think are wasted by the government?
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    Mean = $0.47
Reason-Rupe Poll, [Jan, 2013]




In the next two months, the president (Barack Obama) and Congress will decide how to reduce the deficit by up to 2 trillion dollars over the next 10 years. If the president and Congress don't reach an agreement, there will be drastic and immediate cuts in defense and domestic programs, so there will very likely be an agreement. Let me read you what both parties are saying now and then ask you a question afterwards....Democrats say: We've already cut government spending by a trillion dollars in the 10-year budget agreement last year and we've only raised 600 billion dollars in taxes on the rich. The next deal has to be balanced. Half from closing special-interest tax loopholes for top earners. And half from cutting wasteful domestic and military spending, but no cuts in Medicare or Social Security benefits. Republicans say: We've already agreed to raise taxes on the wealthy and millionaires, but we don't need any further tax increases. We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem and we just have to cut spending. Our spending addiction is killing the economy by weighing us down with debt. So, we must seriously cut spending, which means reforming and adjusting the unsustainable trajectory of government entitlement programs, or they're not going to be there at all. After hearing those statements, who do you agree with more when it comes to the next budget agreement--Democrats or Republicans? (If Democrats/Republicans, ask:) (Is that much more or somewhat more?)
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33     Democrats much more
17     Democrats somewhat more
13     Republicans somewhat more
31     Republicans much more
3     Both (Vol.)
2     Neither (Vol.)
2     Don't know/Refused
Sample: National voters
Note: Asked of Form A half sample
Democracy Corps Poll, [Jan, 2013]



From the Archives


Based on what you have read or heard, do you think too much, too little, or just the right amount of attention has been paid to the issue of... state income tax or sales tax will go up within the next few years... during the (1992 presidential election) campaign?
Note: See note
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Oct, 1992]




According to a recent study, U.S. corporations donate more than $3 billion annually in charitable contributions to support health and other community services, education, and the arts. This card contains three descriptions of how much it actually costs corporations to make charitable donations after taxes. Please read the card and tell me which version comes closest to your own personal view of how much these donations actually cost most U.S. corporations. Which description comes closest to your own view?
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    B. Charitable contributions actually don't cost most corporations anything, because
48     they can deduct them from their income taxes C. Like individual taxpayers, corporations can deduct charitable contributions from their taxable income. Thus, if a corporation makes a $1000 contribution and is in a 40% tax bracket, its tax payment is reduced by $400, and the net cost of the contribution
22     is actually $600 A. Most corporations are actually able to increase their after tax profits by making
14     charitable contributions
16     Don't know
Note: Asked of 'X' half sample
Roper Report 86-1, [Dec, 1985]




Do you think that your property taxes will go up, go down, or stay the same?
Note: Those who pay property taxes
Americans & Their Money 1992, [Nov, 1992]




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