Just 16% of U.S. voters believe that tax increases help the economy. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds most voters (54%) say tax increases hurt the economy, a number that has been fairly consistent for more than a decade. Fourteen percent (14%) say tax increases have no impact, and 16% are not sure.
The survey was taken late last week, prior to Sunday TV appearances by top White House officials who, for the first time, refused to rule out middle class tax increases as a way to pay for the health care reform plan now working its way through Congress.
Even before the comments on Sunday, 41% of voters expected their own personal taxes to go up under the Obama administration.
During the campaign season, then-candidate Obama heavily publicized his commitment to cut taxes for 95% of Americans. Today, just 11% expect their taxes will go down during President Obama’s time in office. Thirty-four percent (34%) think they will stay the same and 14% aren’t sure.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of the nation’s entrepreneurs expect their taxes to go up.
While 41% currently expect their own taxes to go up, 78% say that if health care reform passes, middle class taxes are likely to go up.
Just 28% say they are willing to pay higher taxes so that all Americans can have health insurance.
Here is the conundrum though: Given the amount of taxes we are seeing go up right now, would any of you be willing to pay more taxes if it meant the end of the Obama presidency on January 20th, 2013?
That is some "change" I could believe in...