Congressional Republicans are trying to rush their tax
legislation to a vote on the Senate floor before the end of the
week. President Donald Trump strongly backs the bill and wants
to sign it into law before the end of the year.
In addition to the 49 percent who said they opposed the
Republican tax bill, 29 percent said they supported it and 22
percent said they "don't know," according to the Reuters/Ipsos
opinion poll of 1,257 adults conducted from Thursday to Monday.
When asked "who stands to benefit most" from the plan, more than
half of all American adults surveyed selected either the wealthy
or large U.S. corporations. Fourteen percent chose "all
Americans," 6 percent picked the middle class and 2 percent
chose lower-income Americans.
The tax bill being crafted in the Senate would slash the
corporate tax rate, eliminate some taxes paid only by rich
Americans and offer a mixed bag or temporary tax cuts for other
individuals and families.
As congressional discussion on the bill has unfolded, public
opposition to it has risen, on average, following Trump's
unveiling of a nine-page "framework" on Sept. 27 that started
the debate in earnest, Reuters/Ipsos polling showed.
On Oct. 24, for example, among adults who said they had heard of
the "tax reform plan recently proposed by congressional
Republicans," 41 percent said they opposed it, while 31 percent
said they "don't know" and just 28 percent said they supported
Trump and his fellow Republicans are determined to make a tax
code overhaul their first major legislative win since taking
control of the White House and Congress in January.
The House of Representatives on Nov. 16 approved its own tax
bill. The Senate is expected to decide on Wednesday whether to
begin debating its proposal, as the measure moves toward a
decisive floor vote later this week.
The two chambers would need to reconcile differences between
their plans before legislation could be sent to the White House
for Trump's signature.
In the Nov. 23-27 poll, 59 percent of Republicans supported the
tax bill, 26 percent said they did not know and 15 percent
opposed it. Among Democrats, 82 percent opposed it, 11 percent
said they did not know and 8 percent supported it.
The online poll has a credibility interval, a measure of
accuracy, of 3 percentage points.
(Reporting by Amanda Becker in Washington and Chris Kahn in New
York; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Peter Cooney)
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