Independents not on board with GOP tax plan


Mostly as a result of weak support from Democrats and independents regarding the proposed tax changes, only 29 percent of USA adults as a whole approve of the plan, while 56 percent disapprove and 16 percent have no opinion.

Seventy percent of Americans believe that Congress should investigate President Trump for sexual harassment, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.

A Gallup poll showed 29% of Americans approve of the bill, while 56% disapprove. A conference committee to come up with a compromise bill is expected to kick off its work later this week, with a goal of getting the legislation to President Donald Trump's desk by Christmas.

National contempt for the GOP tax plan could be, in part, a manifestation of the yearslong trend the Quinnipiac poll has identified that the public has soured on the Republican Party in general.

Sixty-seven percent of Republicans tell pollsters they approve of the plan - the only party, gender, education, age or racial group surveyed that gives it a thumbs up. By contrast, just 7 percent of Democrats have no opinion about the GOP tax proposals.

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While congressional Republicans have spearheaded this tax overhaul movement, the survey revealed that more voters (47%) think Democrats would do a better job of handling taxes than Republicans (39%).

Congressional and White House Republicans have set a goal of December 31 for the bill to become law.

Of the 1,500 American voters polled by Quinnipiac in the last week, 41 percent say it will increase their taxes, while 20 percent say the plan will reduce their taxes and 32 percent say the plan will not have much impact on their taxes.

Voters, by a 61 to 34 percent margin, further said they think the Republican tax plan will favor the rich at the expense of the middle class, the survey found. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting. Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods.