Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters nationwide believe that the tax cuts passed by Congress have helped the economy while 24% believe they hurt the economy. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 17% think they had no impact and 24% are not sure.
Not surprisingly, there is a massive partisan divide on this question. Republicans, by a 66% to 6% margin, believe the tax cuts have helped the economy. Forty percent of (40%) of Democrats, however, believe they hurt the economy. Just 12% of Democrats believe the tax cuts helped. Independent voters are evenly divided–30% believe they helped while 24% believed they hurt (see question wording and results).
The survey also found that 73% of voters believe the federal government should do more to help the economy. Among those who want the government to do more, 43% want to see more cuts in government spending. Thirty percent (30%) want more tax cuts.
Twenty-two percent (22%) mistakenly believe that federal spending has gone down during the Trump Administration. In fact, the president’s budget does not include a single year of projected spending cuts. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters recognize that spending has gone up while 41% believe it has stayed about the same. While spending has gone up, the increases have been about the same as increases over recent decades.
This national survey of 999 Registered Voters was conducted August 12-13, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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