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Poll: 46 Percent of Americans Support GOP Tax Law

Poll: 46 Percent of Americans Support GOP Tax Law
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By    |   Wednesday, 17 January 2018 01:51 PM

Support for the Republican tax law has grown significantly over the past month, with 46 percent of Americans strongly or somewhat approving of the law in early January, compared with only 37 percent when the bill was nearing passage in December, according to a new poll conducted for The New York Times by SurveyMonkey and released on Wednesday.

However, despite the increase in support, 49 percent of Americans said they disapproved of it.

Other results from the survey show:

  • 86 percent of Republicans support the tax law, but just 13 percent of Democrats do.
  • There was a rise in the number of those who expect a tax cut this year, with 41 percent of Americans saying they will get one compared to only 33 percent who thought in December they would pay less taxes.
  • However, 55 percent continue to say they do not anticipate a cut in taxes, although that is down from the 63 percent who thought so last month.
  • 42 percent of Americans believe the national economy is better than it was a year ago, while only 23 percent said it has gotten worse.
  • Despite this, however, most Americans said President Donald Trump's policies have either hurt the economy or had little effect on it, while only 38 percent said his policies have made it better.

"The overall story remains that the president is not getting credit for an economy that has been continuing on an upward trajectory," said SurveyMonkey vice president for survey research Jon Cohen told the Times.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has predicted for weeks that the new tax law would become more popular as time went by, touted the poll results, according to The Hill.

His office sent out a release highlighting the survey results and said, "People are starting to get it. And it's no wonder. The good news hasn't stopped rolling in since tax reform became the law of the land."

SurveyMonkey polled 10,509 adults online from Jan. 1-5, and responses were weighted to match the demographic profile of the population of the United States. Its survey results have a modeled error estimate of 1.5 percentage points.

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