The poll, which was completed in early September by the Republican company Public Opinion Strategies, found that 44 percent of Americans were in favor of the tax reform overall while 45 percent opposed it.
“Voters are evenly divided on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” the internal report said. “But, we’ve lost the messaging battle on the issue.”
Pollsters explained that Americans believed the tax cuts would eventually lead to Social Security and Medicare cuts. “Most voters believe that the GOP wants to cut back on these programs in order to provide tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy,” it said.
The $1.5 trillion cut, however, has so far disproportionately benefited the country’s richest citizens. In 2025, a quarter of tax benefits will go to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans, and 66 percent will go to the top 20 percent of earners, according to the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.
Trump repeatedly told voters that they would see the benefits of decreased corporate tax rates in their paychecks. But an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that compensation for top executives grew by 17.6 percent in 2017. Real average hourly earnings for workers, meanwhile, remained relatively stagnant.
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Trump’s Tax Cuts Benefit Rich Americans, Not Middle-Class Families, Voters Say by 2-1 Margin in Republican Poll