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GOP Tax Bill Isn’t Getting Any More Popular

Michael Rainey

A congressional aide places a placard on a podium for the House Republican's legislation to overhaul the tax code on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Public support for the Republican tax law is falling, according to a new poll from Politico and Morning Consult.

Just 37 percent of the 1,989 registered voters polled June 22-24 said they support the new tax rules that went into effect this year, while 39 percent said they were opposed and 24 percent were undecided or had no opinion. Back in April, 44 percent said they supported the bill, while 17 percent were undecided or had no opinion; the percentage opposed was unchanged.

Support is dropping even among Republicans, 70 percent of whom supported the bill in the most recent poll, down from 80 percent in April. The percentage of Republicans who were undecided nearly doubled, from 10 percent in April to 19 percent in June.

The promised benefits of the tax cuts aren’t drawing much notice either, at least as far as paychecks are concerned. The majority of respondents — 52 percent — said they haven’t seen an increase in their take-home pay as a result of the cuts, a slight improvement over the April number of 55 percent. Just 25 percent said they had noticed an increase, up from 22 percent two months ago.

The poll is consistent with other surveys taken over the last few weeks. RealClearPolitics’ poll average of seven major polls shows that 43 percent of Americans disapprove of the tax law, compared to 36 percent who approve.

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