- Two new polls released Tuesday found that the GOP tax bill was deeply unpopular with the American public.
- A Gallup poll found that 29% of Americans approved of the bill, while 56% disapproved.
- A Quinnipiac poll found that 29% approved and 53% disapproved.
The Republican tax bill is getting dismal reviews from the American public as it moves closer to becoming law.
Two new polls released Tuesday found that the plan was deeply unpopular with most Americans, with many voters saying they believe it would not benefit them and would mostly assist wealthier people.
Among Republicans, 70% approved, compared with 7% for Democrats. Independents joined Democrats in relative distaste, with 25% of those polled approving of the legislation and 56% disapproving.
And a poll from Quinnipiac University also found that 29% of those surveyed approved of the bill while 53% disapproved.
Additionally, 64% of Americans said the bill would mostly benefit wealthy people, while 24% said the middle class would see the most benefit.
The two surveys line up with several released since the start of Republicans’ tax push.
The data-journalism site FiveThirtyEight found that the current legislation was one of the least popular tax-related bills dating to 1981 – even less so than two bills that hiked taxes in the 1990s.
As of Wednesday, the bill had average ratings of 32% approval and 46% disapproval, based on polls from five organisations.
Despite the distaste for the bill among the public, Republicans have passed legislation separately through the House and Senate. A conference committee tasked with coming up with a compromise bill is expected to kick off later this week, with a goal of getting that bill to President Donald Trump’s desk by Christmas.
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