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Poll: Are Your Taxes Fair? Most Say Yes

People love to complain about paying taxes, but an Associated Press-GfK poll suggests most Americans actually think the taxes they pay are fair.

Fifty-four percent of those surveyed said they think their tax bills are either somewhat fair or very fair. That compares with 46 percent who say they're unfair.

The poll found most whites thought their tax bills were fair but most non-whites didn't. Women were more likely to think so than men, Democrats more likely than Republicans, and liberals and moderates more likely to think so than conservatives.

Adults under 30 and seniors 65 and over were much more likely to say their taxes were fair than those in their prime earning years. There was little difference in the perception of fairness across income levels.

As for whether taxes should be raised to reduce the federal deficit, 29 percent said yes. Sixty-two percent said they'd rather cut government services.

The poll of 1,001 adults has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.


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