October 12, 2017

Survey Reveals Hoosiers Are Dissatisfied With Current Tax System

A recent survey conducted in Indiana by America First Policies reflects voters' dissatisfaction with the country's federal income tax system.

The survey shows that nearly 7 in 10 of all likely voters in Indiana (69 percent) are dissatisfied with the current federal income tax system. Of these, 39 percent are strongly dissatisfied.

“Our polling reveals that tax reform is a pivotal issue to Americans nationwide. In states like Indiana, voters are keeping a close eye on their leaders in Congress and expecting them to support a tax reform plan that benefits middle America and the middle class,” said Brian O. Walsh, president of America First Policies. 

According to the poll, Indiana men are the most unhappy with the current tax system: 78 percent of men polled said they are dissatisfied with the federal income tax system, with those who labeled themselves as “conservative” and “Republican” being the most dissatisfied (87 percent and 81 percent, respectively). Notably, Democrat men don’t lag too far behind in dissatisfaction levels: 76 percent of Democrat men said they were dissatisfied.

Conservatives of both genders (75 percent) said they were dissatisfied, as did 66 percent of respondents who referred to themselves as “conservative Democrats.”

When respondents were asked if they would be more likely or less likely to vote for Senator Donnelly if he opposed President Trump’s tax reform package, 41 percent of voters stated that they would be less likely to vote for Senator Donnelly if he opposed tax reform. Of these, 29 percent would be “much less likely.” Only 1 in 3 voters (33 percent) said that they would be more likely to vote for Donnelly if he were to oppose the President’s tax reform plan, with only 16 percent being much more likely.

What’s more, almost half (47 percent) of all voters would be less likely to vote for Senator Donnelly if he voted against a plan that cut taxes for the middle class, 18 points more than 29 percent who would be more likely to vote for him. Some groups driving the “less likely” inclination are liberal Independents (67%), liberal Republicans (77%), Republicans (56% less likely), Independents (53%), Republican men (63%), upper income (60%), conservatives (56%), and Trump supporters (56%).

Additionally, there is widespread support for President Trump's plan to allow families and businesses to dedicate a percentage of their taxes to fund education scholarships for low- and middle-income families, allowing them to send their children to the school of their choice. A strong majority (61%) of likely voters support this. Support is driven by men (64%), liberal Republicans (82%), conservative Democrats (73%), Republicans (74%), Independents (62%), and Trump supporters (73%).

Survey Methodology: Indiana Tax Reform Quantitative Research Benchmark was conducted between September 21-24, 2017, among N = 400 Likely 2018 Voters using a split-sample of 1/4 Landline, 1/4 Cell phone, and 1/2 Internet. Margin of error: + 4.9%

To read the Washington Examiner’s story on the poll, click here.  

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