September 21, 2012

Most Democrats Say Rich Pay Too Little in Taxes

78%

While most Democrats say upper-income people pay too little in federal taxes, just a third of Republicans agree

Partisans have widely different views about whether upper-income Americans pay their fair share of federal taxes.

Among Democrats, a strong majority (78%) say upper-income people pay too little in taxes. Only 33% of Republicans agree. A solid majority of Republicans say upper-income people pay either their fair share (44%) or too much (14%). Some 13% of Democrats say upper-income people pay their fair share in taxes, while 4% say the rich are paying too much.

Looking at the public as a whole, 58% say that upper-income people pay too little in federal taxes. One-in-four (26%) say upper-income people pay their fair share in taxes, and 8% say they pay too much in taxes. Read More