October 17, 2017

Survey Reveals West Virginians Are Dissatisfied With Current Tax System

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

The survey shows that nearly 6 in 10 of all likely voters in West Virginia (58 percent) are dissatisfied with the current federal income tax system. Of these, 42 percent are strongly dissatisfied.

“Our polling reveals that tax reform is a pivotal issue to Americans nationwide. In states like West Virginia, voters are keeping a close eye on their leaders in Congress and expecting them to support a tax reform plan that provides much needed relief to middle- and working-class families,” said Brian O. Walsh, president of America First Policies. 

According to the poll, dissatisfaction with the current federal income tax system is driven by key voter groups, including:

  • Independents (64% dissatisfied), especially Independent men (69%)
  • Republican men (76%)
  • Strong Trump Approvers (70%)
  • College Education or higher (67%)
  • Younger voters (63%)

When respondents were asked if they would be more likely or less likely to vote for Senator Manchin if he opposed President Trump’s tax reform package, 38 percent of voters stated that they would be less likely to vote for Senator Manchin if he opposed tax reform. Of these, 25 percent would be “much less likely.”

What’s more, 38 percent of all voters would be less likely to vote for Senator Manchin if he voted against a plan that cut taxes for the middle class. Some groups driving the “less likely” inclination are conservative Independents (68%) and Independent men (55%).

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 of likely voters (63%) support this. Support is driven by conservatives (78%), especially conservative men (82%), conservative Independents (79%), conservative Republicans (77%), and conservative Democrats (77%). Among other supportive groups are Republicans (71%), Republican men (82%), and Strong Trump Approvers (82%).

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

To read The Federalist’s story on the poll, click here.

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