Public opinion on taxes: Holding steady

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Although pollsters have asked relatively few questions about taxes during the past year, the limited available data indicate that public opinion on tax issues is holding relatively steady over the last few years. Americans remain more at peace with their federal income taxes than they were in previous decades. However, many do view their state taxes as being too high, but those attitudes differ greatly across states, correlating with variations in the states' tax burdens. Americans continue to express support for tax reform, but do not consider that issue the highest priority. They are roughly evenly split on whether the Democratic or Republican parties do a better job on taxes.

Attitudes Toward the IRS

Last year's On the Margin survey of public opinion focused on attitudes regarding the IRS. The authors hoped to provide a comprehensive update about that topic this year. Unfortunately, major polls only asked five questions regarding the IRS between July and December 2013, and only one of them - a question asked by the Pew Research Center - updated an earlier question. As shown in Table 1, the responses to that question revealed that attitudes toward the IRS in October 2013 were somewhat more unfavorable than in March 2010, but more favorable than attitudes in October 1997. 

 

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