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Americans say wealthy citizens, corporations taxed too little

Staff Writer |
As President Donald Trump and Republican leaders strategize about tax reform, the majority of U.S. adults believe that upper-income people and corporations are paying too little in taxes.

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In contrast, about half of Americans say middle- and lower-income people pay too much, while the other half says these groups are currently paying their fair share or are not paying enough.

These results are based on Gallup's 2017 Economy and Finance survey, conducted April 5-9.

The view that middle-income people pay too much in taxes has been higher each of the past two years - at just over 50% - than at any point since the George W. Bush tax cuts went into effect in the early 2000s.

Because few Americans say middle-income individuals pay too little in taxes, the major changes over the years have been shifts between the "too much" and "fair share" categories.

When Gallup began asking this question in the 1990s, the "too much" viewpoint dominated.

By 2003, after the first round of Bush tax cuts and the nation's increased focus on the war on terrorism, the percentage saying middle-income people paid too much fell significantly.

At the same time, the perception that middle-income people's taxes were fair increased.

In 2014, the public once again showed more concern that middle-income taxpayers paid too much. Since then, Americans have continued to be more likely to say this group pays too much, rather than their fair share in taxes.

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