WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — As the April 15 tax deadline passes, more than half of Americans say that their federal taxes are too high and the lowest percentage since 2001 say they’re paying a fair amount.
A new Gallup poll revealed that while 52 percent of Americans think the amount of federal income tax they pay now is “too high,” the percentage of people who complained prior to the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts during the President George W. Bush administration was far greater. As many as 69 percent of Americans said their taxes were too high prior to the Bush presidency, and today, the lowest percentage (54 percent) of Americans say their taxes are fair.
Americans’ views on federal taxes are parallel to their thoughts on state taxes. Recent Gallup surveys of all 50 states showed that an average of 50 percent of all state residents believe their taxes are too high.
The view that one’s taxes are fair has become less common, hitting its lowest point since 2001 after reaching the highest point of 64 percent in 2003.
Upper-income Americans are also the least likely to say their taxes are fair, with 61 percent of those earning more than $75,000 annually saying their taxes are “too high.” Compare this to just 46 percent of those making between $30,000 and $74,999 who say their taxes are too high – the lowest of the three income brackets.
Democrats are the only political group that show a majority, 55 percent, who say their taxes are “about right.”
On the other hand, majorities of Republicans (57 percent) and independents (58 percent) report that their taxes are “too high.” Only 37 percent of Democrats say that their taxes are “too high.” In addition, Democrats (69 percent) are significantly more likely than Republicans (46 percent) and independents (51 percent) to say their taxes are fair.
Last year’s same Gallup survey produced similar results, but the partisan divide in tax fairness has widened significantly over the course of President Barack Obama’s presidency.
“In 2006, for example, 47 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of Democrats reported their taxes were too high, while 50 percent of independents said the same,” notes Gallup.
But if there’s one thing nearly all Americans seem to agree on, it’s that their taxes are never “too low,” with at most 4 percent saying that in the nearly 60 years of the Gallup tax poll.