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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  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Apr 18, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    Barlow Explained...this is for all those that want to know the Barlow koolaid...its funny too; http://www.battlefield315.com/2011/02/liberal-taxes-explained.html
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 at 05:07 PM
    everyone should pay exactly the same percentage... now thats fair
  • by Robin Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    What kind of a fool must you be to think that having more than 25% of every dollar you earn is taken from you before you even get to see it is fair! And then being forced to pay over 8% every time you spend YOUR money!
  • by Taxpayer Location: Virginia on Apr 14, 2011 at 06:35 PM
    Since we pay quarterly taxes on my husband's business, I just wrote a big check to the IRS and to the state. Basically, every three months the entire "profit" goes to pay taxes. If EVERYONE had to write that check, they would have a different attitude toward taxes. Taxes are way too high.
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      by James on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:04 AM in reply to Taxpayer
      Taxpayer, I know what you mean. My wife and I run a small business and expenses are NEVER ENDING. Property taxes $ 4000/yr, electricity $ 1100/month, three phone lines $ 400/month, insurance $ 8000/yr, gas... we'll see by year end. And we're over obamas $ 250,000 poor people ceiling so he wants MORE FROM US. When will it ever end ? Hopefully in 2012.
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        by Fact Bringer on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM in reply to James
        I was feeling sorry for you, reading those bills, 4k, 1100, 8k, ... but if your salary is over $250,000 whose pity do you want? Do you need more in order to be happy?
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          by James on Apr 15, 2011 at 12:46 PM in reply to Fact Bringer
          Fact bringer... it's just the price of running a business today. Do you know who pays all of these bills ?? You the CONSUMER. When costs go up, so do our prices. Welcome to obama land. Also the $ 250K is what the business makes, I make no salary... don't feel sorry for me. I do it to grow my business and I enjoy what I do.
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          by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 at 01:58 PM in reply to Fact Bringer
          Faux Bringer, are you saying that they shouldn't be allowed to earn more? Who are you to decide how much someone should make? Who are you to take away someones incentive to make a better life for themselves? Who are you decide what is "rich". I'll tell you what, I just decided what rich means. It means that anyone who makes over $30,000 a year is rich and gets taxed at 45% tax rate. Now how do you feel about that? Kind of takes away your motivation to do better doesn't it.
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          by Fact Bringer on Apr 18, 2011 at 09:12 AM in reply to Fact Bringer
          All I'm saying is people should all pay their fair share of taxes. Profit creates jobs. Demand creates jobs. Tax cuts may increase profit, but so does demand. If a person's business model is to pay proportionally less taxes than those earning less, I'm sorry but that doesn't make any sense to me.
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Apr 18, 2011 at 01:46 PM in reply to Fact Bringer
          No Fact Bringer...then let him set his salary as stand alone income tax. Hey you do it? One in my family has a small business, when he gets done paying employees, materials...he takes home $35K? However, since his company did 250K pre year...he should be taxed at a higher rate? Yeah, you libs got it going on, uninformed with all the answers.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Apr 14, 2011 at 06:16 PM
    Snake, you have it now! No taxes for corps through loopholes! And what do they do? Go overseas! Oh, you'll get some kind of job here, after they do away with the minimum wage. You lapdog fools will work for scraps! Get rid of the unions and the regulations. Work for nothing, your food will be garbage, your water will be slime and you'll be so so grateful for your job. Fool! No guts to fight for your rights.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 at 01:31 PM in reply to Barlow
      That's right barlow, lets tax the rich at 95%. Lets tax all business at 95%. Then when the rich leave the U.S. and take their business with them and the small and medium business fold, we the pepole of the U.S. and eat our government issued garbage and drink our government issued slime and be happy with our government issued pittance of a welfare check. Thank you spendocrats. What would we do without you.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 14, 2011 at 03:54 PM
    Barlow, since GE paid no corporate taxes I have an idea. Suppose we drop corporate and small business taxes period...yep gone. Afterall, we tax the employees and everything else we do on earth. Just drop them period. The greedy corporations you claim can now pay less tax on the "profit" for the company. They would want to make more profit since they are those greedy companies so the would hire more and invest in themselves more to make more money. In the mean time, employees are hired which pay more income tax and companies...those greedy companies make more money and expand. They keep hiring...the point is your idealoge sees this as wrong, mine tells me...hey, I work for someone, I have always worked for someone and all have been richer than me. You see that money is entitled to the government, I see it as innovation and creative people gave me the opportunity. You think the government gives the opportunity...Look at it this way, the government is stealing from the workers who helped make the profit on companies, made them work harder for it and left other potential workers on welfare or unemployment. This is why your hero Jeffrey Imelt went to China and India...little to no tax on corporate taxes for the investers who put into the company. So your idealogy did this, forced them oversea and the EPA just put icing on the cake with over regs on US companies. Conclusion...democrats cannot control their spending problems like teenage girls in a shoe store. By the time republicans take over, they are left with more maxed credit cards than terds in the kiddie pool. I hope this explains the 14 trillion dollars in girls shoes you own.....
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      by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 at 06:04 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      The truth may set you free, but not if you're a Republican and the subject is taxes. After all, 95% of American families as promised received a tax cut from the Obama stimulus package. And while three-quarters of Americans support President Obama's proposal to roll back the Bush tax cuts for those earning over $250,000 to their Clinton-era levels. Making matters worse, a Gallup poll Monday revealed that Americans' "views of income taxes among most positive since 1956."
  • by Really? on Apr 14, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    Who in the world did they poll? It certainly wasn't the tax payers and with the dribble coming from the White House more taxes are coming. Don't people get it...Half of the citizens of this country DO NOT PAY taxes and as Gregory so nicely put it there are "payments" on the federal tax form that aren't payments they are ways for people to get credit and get money back that they didn't pay in! We need to wake up and stop drinking the kool-aid before it's too late!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 at 06:16 PM in reply to Really?
      Really, They do pay taxes. As FactCheck among others noted, Republican conveniently ignore sales, excise and most of all, payroll taxes. Starting with the first dollar people earn, virtually all American workers pay the 6.2% Social Security tax (on income up to $97,000) and another 1.45% for Medicare. An analysis by the Tax Policy Center concluded, "three quarters of filers pay more in payroll taxes than in income taxes." Sean Hannity and Rudy Giuliani echoed the "welfare" charge in January, deeming Obama's middle class tax cuts a "moral problem" when "50% of the country gets benefits without paying for them." As a Gallup poll suggests, the American people seem to agree, in the wake of the new Obama tax cuts, Gallup found, "more say low-income Americans are paying their fair share of taxes."
  • by john Location: greenville on Apr 14, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    if people sat down and figured out all the taxes they pay not just income tax and social security they would get a real shock as it amounts to about 60% they see how many think there taxes are fair
  • by Gregory on Apr 14, 2011 at 01:44 PM
    Considering the fact that almost 50% of Americans pay NO taxes (in fact, most of them get a so-called refund of money they never earned) it is really so surprising they think the tax code is fair? From all of us who actually "carry the water" : "You're welcome - NOT!!!"
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Apr 14, 2011 at 01:25 PM
    What I think is funny is how the Repugs are constantly complaining about the taxes on business when alot of them pay nothing at all. In fact, on top of paying NO TAXES, big oil gets subsidies from the government! They have indeed realized the Greedy Old People Something for Nothing Dream. I need a deal like that to complain about.
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      by James on Apr 14, 2011 at 01:57 PM in reply to Barlow
      Blame your buddy obama Barlow... he and his pal Jeffry Imelt of GE. He liked GE's tax deal so much he hired Imelt to work for the government. lol Something you do need to realize, there are LOT'S more small to medium sized businesses that pay LOT'S of taxes and can't afford the lawyers to "find the loopholes" I agree with you 100% that all businesses should be paying a flat tax... 11 - 15% If they make $ 5 billion they pay $ 750 million. If they make $ 2 million they pay $ 300,000. Absolutely fair. If I only make $ 250,000... I only pay $ 37,500. But see, obama says I'm rich making $ 250,000 and he wants me taxed at 35%... $ 87,500. See why we hate obama ???
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      by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 at 04:45 PM in reply to Barlow
      What about all of those who recieve welfare because they are too lazy to work, they sit at home all day doing nothing, have numerous kids and are given everything they have. Yet how much do they pay in taxes? maybe a little because a few of them are willing to work but only get minimum wage, then come tax time, they qualify for earned income credit, get $1000 per child. I am all for helping people but enough is enough. I am tired of my tax money going to free loaders, planned parent hood etc. Taxes on those evil, evil businesses that create jobs. What happens when those small businesses are taxed higher than they already are? they are forced to lay more people off. And to set it straight Barlow, many of those small businesses are claimed under the owners individual income tax. Yes those small business owner place themselves in the higher tax bracket by doing so. Arent they so evil? Your right lets tax the crap out of them so the unemployment numbers go up.
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      by Look to your own Barlow on Apr 15, 2011 at 01:26 PM in reply to Barlow
      Look to your own. Obama only payed a portion of the full amount of taxes he owed. How?? He used those nasty line item deduction loopholes. Warren Buffett, who practally payed no taxes, did the same. George Soro, yep he took advantages of tax codes to keep that bad old money to himself. If these spendocrats were so good and so concerned with the U.S., they would take the standard deductions and forfited all that money, that they got, to the IRS and help save the U.S. Oh and don't forget Jeffry Imelt. Now there is a nasty one who used the tax codes to his advantage, but according to you spendocrats, that makes him (and all the rest.)evil.
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