Forty-one percent (41%) of voters believe they pay more than their fair share of taxes while only 5% believe they pay less than their fair share. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 44% believe they pay about the right amount and 11% are not sure.
Voters aged 35-64 are more likely than others to believe they are paying more than their fair share. So do those who earn more than $75,000 a year. There is no significant difference along partisan lines (see crosstab results).
The survey also found that just 30% believe that the U.S. income tax is fair to most Americans. Fifty-two percent (52%) disagree.
Sixty-two percent (62%) believe the fairest approach to taxation is a system where lower-income Americans pay a lower percentage of their income in taxes and upper-income Americans pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes. Thirty-eight percent (38%) believe it would be more fair to have everybody pay the same percentage of their income in taxes.
People are evenly divided as to whether the income tax (41%) or the sales tax (40%) is more fair.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted April 10-11, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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