26 September 2017

New Poll: 7 in 10 Americans Say Passing Tax Reform Should Be A Priority For Congress

Lowering Middle-Class Tax Rate Considered Most Important Reform

WASHINGTON – Ahead of the “Big Six” unveiling details on a tax reform plan, the American Action Network’s Middle-Class Growth Initiative (MCGI) released results from a national survey on Americans’ views on tax reform. The survey finds overwhelming support for passing comprehensive tax reform with 73% of Americans saying it should be a top priority or an important priority for Congress. Additionally, the survey found Americans, across party lines, view lowering middle-class tax rates as the most important tax reform initiative.

“The more Americans hear about tax reform, the more they want Congress to prioritize and pass meaningful pro-growth tax reform. Poll after poll shows that a strong majority of Americans widely support fixing our broken tax system and lowering tax rates for working families,” said Corry Bliss, AAN Executive Director. “Americans recognize that a complex and unfair tax code has caused jobs and companies to flee our country. It’s time for Congress to act and make this right. There’s nothing more important for middle-class families, our country and our economy than seeing lawmakers come together to pass meaningful tax reforms that will fuel growth for all.”

AAN’s Middle-Class Growth Initiative commissioned Paragon Insights to conduct the national online survey of 1,992 registered voters on September 19-21, 2017. The margin of error is +/-2%.

Key Findings:

  • 73% of respondents believe passing a comprehensive tax reform bill should be a ‘top’ priority or ‘important’ priority for Congress.
  • Nearly 60% of Americans support lowering the corporate tax rate to level the playing field for U.S. businesses facing foreign competition, agreement includes nearly half of Democrats and a majority of Republicans and Independents.
  • Across party lines, respondents consider lowering middle-class tax rates as the most important tax reform initiative when compared to simplifying the tax code, closing tax code loopholes, and lowering corporate tax rates.
  • Americans recognize numerous disadvantages of the tax system including: 75% say the tax system has too many loopholes, 72% say it is too complex, and 67% say it is unfair to individuals.
  • A majority of Americans say the tax code fails to keep jobs and companies in America: 56% say the tax code fails to keep jobs in America and 57% say it fails to keep companies in America.
  • A strong majority of Americans say the federal, state and local income tax rates are too high: 65% believe federal income tax rates are too high and 61% say state and local tax rates are too high.

View full survey results here.

PowerPoint format here.


Courtney Alexander

Communications Director