Republicans have persuaded themselves that keeping control of Congress in 2018 depends on passing their tax-cut plans. And it could work out that way.
But a national poll released today shows that President Donald Trump and his party have an enormous amount of work to do. Right now, the tax bill only adds to their burdens.
The telephone survey of 1,508 voters was conducted by Quinnipiac University from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4 as the Senate pushed through its tax-cut bill, setting up conference committee negotiations on a final version with the House. It carries a margin for error of 3.1 percentage points.
The poll shows Americans oppose the Republican tax-cut effort by nearly two-to-one, as 29 percent approve and 53 percent disapprove. That’s a worse showing than Obamacare ever recorded, and more unpopular than former President Bill Clinton’s tax increase plan when it passed in 1993.
Just as daunting are results showing that most Americans don’t buy the core arguments Republicans have offered for their plans. Moreover, debate over the issue has harmed the party’s reputation. (Read more from “The GOP Isn’t Getting a Political Payoff From Its Tax Plan” HERE)