Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

American voters aren't happy about the GOP's tax plan

A Democratic aide carries a chart past the U.S. Senate chamber that senators used to argue against the Republican tax bill on Capitol Hill in Washington Friday night Dec. 1 2017 Letters: GOP tax bill will hurt people with medical problems | The Sacramento Bee
Stacy Diaz | 06 December, 2017, 18:24

As President Donald Trump sees it, the GOP tax plan is growing in popularity.

"Deeply unpopular and manifestly unfit for the job".

Trump told reporters Tuesday that he views the tax plan as a "tremendous bill for jobs and for the middle class".

Republicans have persuaded themselves that keeping control of Congress in 2018 depends on passing their tax-cut plans. Trump and Congressional leaders say they designed their plan to benefit middle-class families.

The opposition of the public, according to the polls, is that the bill gives massive tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, while offering only token and temporary breaks to the middle class and increases to the poorest citizens. Republicans don't even like it" (Editorials, Nov. 4): "I am writing to draw attention to the negative impact the Republican tax plan would have on chronically ill Americans.

And a poll from Quinnipiac University also found that 29% of those surveyed approved of the bill while 53% disapproved. As a result, consideration of the matter has handed Democrats a fresh advantage over Republicans.

Frequently cited by journalists, public officials and researchers, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll regularly surveys residents in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and nationwide about political races, state and national elections, and issues of public concern, such as schools, taxes, transportation, municipal services and the environment. Fifty-six percent, meanwhile, disapproved. Those same swing voters favor Democrats over Republicans for control of the House and Senate next year by 15 percentage points.

Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said the findings suggest voters consider President Donald Trump and Republicans' efforts to overhaul the US tax code as being "built for the rich at the expense of the rest". Overall, Americans favor Democrats over Republicans to win the House by 50 percent to 36 percent, and to win the Senate by a statistically identical 51 percent to 37 percent. In addition to attracting donations from beneficiaries of their proposals, it could help them hold off primary challenges from fellow Republicans.