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Poll: Majority of Voters Support Border Tax

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By    |   Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 08:14 AM

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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