Seventy-nine percent of likely voters believe all Americans should pay some federal income tax – even if it is as little as 1 percent of what they make.
The results of a Fox News poll
of 1,092 likely voters conducted Sept. 24-26 and released on Thursday included 85 percent of Republicans, 83 percent of independents and 71 percent of Democrats.
Last year, approximately 41 percent of tax filers did not pay federal income tax, according to the Internal Revenue Service. The Tax Policy Center estimates that will increase to 46 percent this year, Fox reports.
Most likely voters (73 percent) responded that they are somewhat familiar with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s remarks about “47 percent of Americans” and the number of people paying no federal income tax.
In the clandestine videotape of Romney’s comments at a private luncheon in Florida with wealthy donors, the former Massachusetts governor also discussed his concern that many Americans are too dependent on government.
Journalists and pundits have speculated that the tape would damage Romney’s campaign. Yet a 63-percent majority thinks the substance of Romney’s comment about dependence on government is mostly (36 percent) or somewhat true (27 percent), Fox reports.
Three out of four likely voters also believe the “average American” is at least somewhat dependent on government (76 percent), while less than a third responded that they personally are (31 percent).
But the poll results also show that nearly half of likely voters – 46 percent – believe the federal government now is “trying to do too much,” Fox reports.
That’s more than twice as many as say it’s doing “too little” (22 percent). Just over a quarter, however, say the government is doing “about the right amount” (28 percent).
Voters are sharply divided over which candidate they trust to do a better job managing their tax money: 46 percent say Romney, while 45 percent say President Barack Obama.
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