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Poll: Everyone’s Happy To Pay Taxes Now

From those never biases pollsters at Gallup:

Views of Income Taxes Among Most Positive Since 1956

by Jeffrey M. Jones

PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll finds 48% of Americans saying the amount of federal income taxes they pay is "about right," with 46% saying "too high" — one of the most positive assessments Gallup has measured since 1956. Typically, a majority of Americans say their taxes are too high, and relatively few say their taxes are too low.

These results are based on the Gallup Economy and Personal Finance poll, conducted each April, including April 6-9 of this year.

Since 1956, there has been only one other time when a higher percentage of Americans said their taxes were about right — in 2003, when 50% did so after two rounds of tax cuts under the Bush administration.

The slightly more positive view this year may reflect a public response to President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus and budget plans. He has promised not to raise taxes on Americans making less than $250,000, while cutting taxes for lower- and middle-income Americans. The latter has already begun, as the government has reduced the withholding amount for federal income taxes from middle- and lower-income American workers’ paychecks…

As the remaining U.S. tax filers prepare to send their income-tax returns before the April 15 deadline, Gallup finds Americans’ views of their federal income taxes about as positive as at any point in the last 60 years. This may reflect the income-tax cut that was part of the $787 billion economic stimulus plan, as well as a continuing sense of patriotism with the country fighting two wars…

And we believe it, too.

More insights from the same poll:

More Say Low-Income Americans Paying Fair Share of Taxes

by Jeffrey M. Jones

PRINCETON, NJ — Americans’ perceptions of the taxes paid by those with lower incomes have shifted in the past year. Now, 41% say lower-income people are paying their "fair share" of federal taxes, up from 32% last year. At the same time, the percentage who believe lower-income Americans are paying "too much" in taxes has dropped from 51% to 39%.

This marks a new low in perceptions that lower-income people are paying too much in taxes going back to 1992, when Gallup first asked the question. The percentage saying lower-income people pay their fair share is the highest since 1994

The changes may reflect a response to Barack Obama’s plans for federal income taxes. Obama has promised to cut taxes for low- and middle-income Americans, while raising taxes only on the wealthiest Americans. Most working Americans have already begun to receive a tax cut through lower withholding amounts in their paychecks — a provision in the recently passed economic stimulus package…

Americans have consistently said that upper-income people pay too little in taxes. But with Obama promising to increase taxes on those earning $250,000 or more per year to help pay for his domestic policy agenda, the percentage of Americans who hold this view has dipped slightly to 60%, the lowest percentage Gallup has found to date. There has been a slight bump up in the percentage who now say upper-income people pay too much, to a new high of 13%…

We believe this, too.

Indeed, the only thing we would like to know is by how much Gallup oversampled Democrats this time.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

25 Responses to “Poll: Everyone’s Happy To Pay Taxes Now”

  1. Anonymoose says:

    “The slightly more positive view this year may reflect a public response to President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus and budget plans”

    Probably because we’re still running on Bush-era tax rates with the $15 a month “stimulus” by Obomba about to show up soon. Just wait until the rates change…..

    “This marks a new low in perceptions that lower-income people are paying too much in taxes”

    Quick, how much are they paying in taxes? And who’s low-income by this standard? $20,000 a year, $50,000? Without a quantifier or some explanation it’s just another meaningless “how do you feel” assessment.

  2. Colonel1961 says:

    48% think it’s ‘about right’ because 48% of the people have no federal income tax liability! Holy mother of pearl!

  3. wardmama4 says:

    The only way to have gotten these figures is to just ask everyone around them – or perhaps Gallup called the IRS. What a crock of crappola.

    Is every form of media (other than S&L) in the tank for The One ™? It’s disgusting to read something like this – as the infamous words of that one NY liberal in 2000 – I don’t know anyone who voted for him (Bush) – No one around here would vote for the Pay Just Right Income Tax. Ever.

  4. JayDickB says:

    Don’t believe the press. And, definitely, don’t believe polls unless you or someone you trust checks the poll thoroughly. There are many ways polls can give misleading results.

    I like the comment about 46% of people not paying income taxes. That would explain the results, wouldn’t it?

  5. proreason says:

    Writing editorials and calling them news isn’t good enough anymore.

    Now they create editorials masquerading as news by running these polls which any child can see are as easily manipulated as puppies begging for food.

  6. caligirl9 says:

    The contents of an e-mail I just received from my lifetime NRA-member stepdad (spelling and punctuation errors not mine):


    What’s going on under Obama is starting to reminds me of George Orwell’s, “Animal Farm”—what was the chant the animals did and kept modifying to suit the ideology of the pigs, who had moved into the farmer’s house, taken power, and used to demonize any and every animal who stood up to the pigs?

    Keep in mind, many of us have suddenly made the Department of Homeland Security ‘right-wing terrorist’ list, just by supporting the 2nd Amendment, owning a gun, by not supporting Obamanomics, participating in a tea party, by demanding that government curb its spending and balance the budget and questioning the bailout and stimulus packages. Demonizing has suddenly shifted from banks and bankers to millions of Americans. Where will the next shift be?

    “Conservative, baa-a-ad! Socialism go-o-o-od,” bleat those Orwellian sheep.

    Written by a Pastor’s Wife (brilliant)

    And it came to pass in the Age of Insanity that the people of the land called America, having lost their morals, their initiative, and their will to defend their liberties, chose as their Supreme Leader that person known as “The One”. He emerged from the vapors with a message that had no meaning; but He hypnotized the people telling them, “I am sent to save you. My lack of experience, my questionable ethics, my monstrous ego, and my association with evil doers are of no consequence. For I shall save you with Hope and Change. Go, therefore, and proclaim throughout the land that he who preceded me is evil, that he has defiled the nation, and that all he has built must be destroyed.”

    And the people rejoiced, for even though they knew not what “The One” would do, he had promised that it was good; and they believed.

    And “The One” said, “We live in the greatest country in the world. Help me change everything about it!”

    And the people said, “Hallelujah!! Change is good!”

    Then He said, “We are going to tax the rich fat-cats.”

    And the people said, “Sock it to them! And redistribute their wealth. Show us the money!”

    And then He said, “Redistribution of wealth is good for everybody.”

    And Joe the plumber asked, “Are you kidding me? You’re going to steal my money and give it to the deadbeats??”

    And “The One” ridiculed and taunted him, and Joe’s personal records were hacked and publicized.

    One lone reporter asked, “Isn’t that Marxist policy?” And she was banished from the kingdom!

    Then a citizen asked, “With no foreign relations experience and having zero military experience or knowledge, how will you deal with radical terrorists?”

    And “The One” said, “Simple. I shall sit with them and talk with them and show them how nice we really are; and they will forget that they ever wanted to kill us all!”

    And the people said, “Hallelujah!! We are safe at last, and we can beat our weapons into free cars for the people!”

    Then “The One” said, “I shall give 95% of you lower taxes.”

    And one, lone voice said, “But 40% of us don’t pay ANY taxes.”

    So “The One” said, “Then I shall give you some of the taxes the fat-cats pay!”

    And the people said, “Hallelujah!! Show us the money!”

    Then “The One” said, “I shall tax your Capital Gains when you sell your homes!”

    And the people yawned and the slumping housing market collapsed.

    And He said, “I shall mandate employer-funded health care for EVERY worker and raise the minimum wage. And I shall give every person unlimited healthcare and medicine and transportation to the clinics.”

    And the people said, “Give me some of that!”

    Then he said, “I shall penalize employers who ship jobs overseas.”

    And the people said, “Where’s my rebate check?”

    Then “The One” said, “I shall bankrupt the coal industry and electricity rates will skyrocket!”

    And the people said, “Coal is dirty, coal is evil, no more coal! But we don’t care for that part about higher electric rates.”

    So “The One” said, “Not to worry. If your rebate isn’t enough to cover your expenses, we shall bail you out. Just sign up with ACORN and your troubles are over!”

    Then He said, “Illegal immigrants feel scorned and slighted. Let’s grant them amnesty, Social Security, free education, free lunches, free medical care, bi-lingual signs and guaranteed housing…”

    And the people said, “Hallelujah!!” And they made him King!

    And so it came to pass that employers, facing spiraling costs and ever-higher taxes, raised their prices and laid off workers. Others simply gave up and went out of business and the economy sank as a rock dropped from a cliff. The banking industry was destroyed. Manufacturing slowed to a crawl. And more of the people were without a means of support.

    Then “The One” said, “I am the “The One” – The Messiah – and I’m here to save you! We shall just print more money so everyone will have enough!”

    But our foreign trading partners said unto Him, “Wait a minute. Your dollar is not worth a pile of camel dung! You will have to pay more…”

    And the people said, “Wait a minute. That is unfair!!”

    And the world said, “Neither are these other idiotic programs you have embraced. Lo, you have become a Socialist state and a second-rate power. Now you shall play by our rules!”

    And the people cried out, “Alas, alas!! What have we done?”

    But yea verily, it was too late. The people set upon “The One” and spat upon him and stoned him, and his name was dung. And the once mighty nation was no more; and the once proud people were without sustenance or shelter or hope. And the Change “The One” had given them was as a poison that had destroyed them and like a whirlwind that consumed all that they had built.

    And the people beat their chests in despair and cried out in anguish, “Give us back our nation and our pride and our hope!!”

    But it was too late, and their homeland was no more.

    You may think this is a fairy tale, but it’s not. It’s happening RIGHT NOW!

  7. Gila Monster says:

    Gallup seldom, if ever, releases the actual demographics of their polls. Based on that fact alone, the credibility of their polls is highly suspect in my mind.
    Why the need for such secrecy? Could it be that Gallup actually manipulates the results of said polls in order to fit the stated needs of their major clientele, namely the MSM? My money would be on yes to that question.

    • canary says:

      right on. A former federal employer of mine, used Gallop and it was so rigged, most refused to it, and the suck-ups made the numbers look good.
      13-16% say too little. Yeah right. The ones Obama chose to lead.

  8. Douglas says:

    A third of the US population pay no Federal taxes, soon to be half. Of course they feel that’s fair.

    • proreason says:

      It’s like asking 7-year olds on Holloween if that’s how candy should usually be handled.

  9. GL0120 says:

    Of course Gallup oversampled the Democrats; it only makes sense that a group that doesn’t bother to pay taxes would have no problem with the amount being taxed!

  10. GetBackJack says:

    (cough) Bullshiat cubed. Extreme Bullshiat. In fact, Bovine Eschatology.

    Article XVI

    The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, 181 The purpose of the Amendment, said the Supreme Court (1916), was, not to extend the taxing power of the government, but only to exclude the source from which a taxed income is derived from being used as the criterion in determining whether it should be apportioned by Congress among the States on the basis of population in obedience to the clause explained by Note 10 10, c55 from whatever source derived,182 without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration. 182 But this does not authorize the taxing of the salaries of the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States and of the judges of the inferior Federal courts, for it is forbidden 98 that they be diminished. Therefore the Supreme Court held (1920) unconstitutional that clause of the Income Tax Act of 1919 which named such salaries as subject to taxation. The command that the salaries of judges be not reduced was given, not in any sense to favor the individuals who receive the salaries, but solely to protect the judicial powers of the Nation from being intimidated by the Legislative and Executive departments out of a state of independence into a condition of fear. But in 1939, the majority of the Supreme Court having been changed by new appointments, it was held that, following the act of 1932 taxing the salaries of judges “taking office after” the enactment, the imposition of an income tax on salaries would not operate to diminish them contrary to the prohibition 98 in Article III. c55, c58

    My only regret?

    That we didn’t get rid of these (one of Lenny Brice’s ten letter words) while we still had our guns.

    • canary says:

      I was trying to explain this to my young son. He said didn’t we have a revolution over the government taking taxes. And I said yes, but can you imagine today if we had a revolution.

      My idea was if “everyone” just refused to pay taxes one year, it would be a peaceful protest. They could only jail a few, which isn’t even like loss of lives that happen in war.
      But, no way “everyone” would stand together. I was thinking at the tea party, that I might be seeing the last generation
      of patriots, or people that really understand America. Cause our schools public schools seems to put social studies, and more time in learning other cultures that will not help our children’s future. There is so much waste, and reading such garbage, especially other cultures, that will not give our children the tools to keep this country going. It’s not just the Lord’s prayer being taken away, but America being taken away in the schools.

  11. U NO HOO says:

    If someone is on the dole and wants more then the tax is too low.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Yeah, but it said ‘their’ taxes were too low, not other folks…

      I don’t get it. You can unilaterally send more in if you want to.

  12. LewWaters says:

    I would have to guess they either went to the welfare office or the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee for their sampling.

  13. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    Gallup Poll? More like F’d up poll.

  14. Liberals Demise says:

    Sign seen at the ALAMO rally:

    If you aren’t angry over this……
    …..you don’t pay taxes!!

  15. BillK says:

    I hope and pray that some future President will have the guts to do the one thing that would create a tax revolt:

    Issue a Presidentail order to abolish federal tax withholding – all US citizens will be required to pay quarterly estimated taxes instead.

    Once even “middle class” Americans have to start writing $5,000 checks to the government 4x per year, it will be amazing how quickly tax protests spread.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      Absolutely true BillK. Most have no idea how much of their paycheck is handed over to the government. All they see is the nice refund check the government graciously gives them every year.

  16. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    The irony here is that most people who get a hefty return on their taxes think that they really screwed over Uncle Sam. But in reality he’s screwed the tax payer over more than they realize and only gave them a portion of the fat he’s living off of.

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