The political divide in American widens. The Trump administration recently unveiled its long-awaited tax plan, one that would be the biggest overhaul of U.S. tax code in decades. President Donald Trump has said the tax cuts would help fuel U.S. economic growth, increase investment, and create greater wealth for all Americans. Unfortunately, most voters do not think it will happen and most believe it is because of the Democrats in Congress.
According to the latest poll, 36% of likely U.S. voters believe it is somewhat likely” that Congress will make big changes to the U.S. tax code in the next six months. This number includes 11% of optimistic voters who believe it is “very likely.” However, a majority of American voters (57%) do not think it is likely to pass, with a full 20% saying it is “not at all likely.”
If Congress doesn’t change U.S. tax code, though, 39% of likely voters say it’s because the Democrats got in the way; that’s twice as high as those who would blame the Republicans at 20%. One-quarter (25%) of American voters will blame wealthy special interests, four percent will blame the media if Congress fails to change the tax code, and five percent will pin the blame on someone else.
The blame game falls along party lines. Almost half of all Republicans (48%) will lay the blame at the feet of the Democrats if the tax code doesn’t change. Among Democrats, just 23% say it will be the Republican’s fault if the tax overhaul fails (which makes sense since it’s a Republican initiative. Meanwhile, 36% of Democrats admit their own party will be to blame if the tax code changes stall.
Those voters not affiliated with either Republicans or Democrats are twice as likely to blame the Democrats in Congress over Republicans.
Even if Congress does approve changes to the tax code, not everyone thinks it will benefit them. Just 38% of all voters believe it is just “somewhat likely” that their own taxes will be lower; 14% think it is “very likely.”
At the other end of the scale, 22% of voters think their personal taxes will actually go up under the Trump administration; only 17% think their taxes will go down.
“Voters Blame Democrats If New Tax Code Doesn’t Pass,” Rasmussen Reports, October 3, 2017.