Most Americans are in favor of a 20-percent border tax on goods made outside the U.S., according to a Harvard-Harris poll, The Hill reported on Thursday.
House Speaker Paul Ryan's tax reform plan includes the border tax as a key provision and it would also reduce taxes on exports.
The poll's results:
- Border tax support: 62 percent.
- Against border tax: 38 percent.
Breaking down that result by party affiliation:
- Republicans who support the tax: 77 percent.
- Independents: 61 percent.
- Democrats: 51 percent.
A majority of voters believe the tax would help the economy, but some were unconvinced. Fifty-three percent say the tax would expand jobs and economy, while 47 percent said it would raise prices on imports and would not help the economy.
More than 9 out of 10 voters who took the poll believe President Donald Trump and Republicans should reach out to Democrats, while only 9 percent think Trump and GOP should not.
A majority believes that Trump's plan will be beset by politics.
- Will hit political roadblocks: 61 percent.
- Trump will get tax reform done: 39 percent.
Four out of five voters believe that a 10 percent surcharge should be placed on income over $5 million. That could be a positive for Democrats.
"Democrats might bargain for a ten percent surcharge on incomes over $5 million, which is favored by 80 percent," said Mark Penn, Harvard-Harris poll co-director.
Breaking down the survey's results by party affiliation, 36 percent of those who took it were Democrats, 31 percent Republicans, 30 percent independent, and 3 percent other.
The Harvard-Harris Poll surveyed 2,027 registered voters between April 14 and April 17.
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