55% Believe Tax Hikes Lead to Job Losses

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters believe tax hikes on businesses and individuals generally lead to job losses. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 20% disagree and 25% are not sure.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of Republicans see a connection between higher taxes and job losses. So do 49% of Democrats and 49% of Independent voters.

More broadly, just 21% of all voters believe tax hikes are generally good for the economy.  Fifty-one percent (51%) see them as bad.

On this, however, there is a significant partisan divide. Democrats, by a 45% to 32% margin, see tax hikes as good for the economy. Republicans reject that view by a 72% to 12% margin. Among Independents, 50% see tax hikes as bad for the economy while 13% see them as good.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of all voters are opposed to tax hikes that lead to job losses.

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Question 1:

Generally speaking, are higher taxes good for the economy or bad for the economy?

21%    Good for the economy

51%    Bad for the economy

10%    No impact

17%    Not sure

Question 2:

Okay, do tax hikes on businesses and individuals generally lead to job losses?

55%    Yes

20%    No

25%    Not sure

Question 3:

If you knew that tax hikes on business and individuals led to job losses, would you support them?

21%    Yes

65%    No

14%    Not sure


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on December 6-8, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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