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Voters Embrace Congressional Tax Cut

August 26, 1999

Two new polls document growing support among likely voters for the $792 billion tax cut proposed by congressional Republicans. House and Senate Republicans have staged more than 600 events this month to promote the tax cut package, and the strategy seems to be working, say pollsters.

  • Pollster Scott Rasmussen reports that support for the GOP plan actually grew from 43 percent to 50 percent over the course of three weeks.
  • A survey by independent pollster John Zogby found that 67 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of Democrats feel they are paying too much in taxes.
  • Rasmussen says one reason likely voters "support the tax cut bill is that 41 percent believe it will help the economy, while just 23 percent think it will hurt, and 19 percent say it will have no impact."
  • He found that many voters vastly overestimate the size of the tax cut -- thinking it will reduce projected government revenues by 13 percent, while the actual impact will only be about 3.5 percent.

Rasmussen says support for the cut is weakest among those who realize how small it is -- 51 percent in favor, compared to 37 percent opposed. Among those who think the cut is greater than 10 percent, support climbs to 58 percent in favor and 29 percent opposed.

Source: Ralph Z. Hallow, "Polls Find Growing Support for Tax Cuts," August 26, 1999.


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