An ABC News/Washington Post Poll just announced that 60% of Americans are not in favor of President Donald Trump’s new tax reform. According to the results, people believe the tax plan will benefit the wealthy. However, the poll was conducted October 29 through November 1, 2017, which was one day before details of the plan were released.
Was this poll even necessary? Why go to so much trouble to gather an opinion before the facts were available for the people to go over first? Perhaps this is an attempt to cast a bad light on a tax plan that may be beneficial for everyone, instead of only profiting the wealthy, as the poll results suggest.
Spinning the Facts
The survey was produced by Langer Research Associates of New York and conducted by landline and cellular phones on a national level. They collected information from 1,005 people, of which they said the partisan divisions were“31-23-38 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents.”
According to the results, only 16% of those polled think the tax system will benefit everyone, while 13% believe it will just help the middle class.
The tax plan itself had varying numbers of support and opposition, depending on the party of those polled. Republicans overall approved of the president’s plan at 75%. The opposing Democrats came in at 79% against.
As with everything else during the Trump Administration, there seems to be no middle ground. Lines are drawn clearly in the sand with Republicans on one side and Democrats the other.
Among the Republicans, 65% think the president’s tax system will treat “all people equally,” and 56% of conservatives agree. On the other side, only 9% of Democrats and 10% of liberals favor the plan for all castes.
“Among other groups, opposition peaks at 66 percent among non whites, 64 percent among young adults and urban residents and 60 percent among those with advanced degrees and Northeasterners. Support, while lower, peaks at 43 percent among those living in rural areas and about four in 10 older Americans, whites, middle and higher income-earners, and men.”
ABC News said: “As details – albeit still scarce – have emerged, support and opposition have grown essentially in tandem,” and “responses could shift as components become better known.”
The Nefarious Purpose
The question isn’t what do these results mean, but why survey before details of the tax plan was officially released? It’s like asking you to rate a product you purchased from Amazon before you’ve even received it and had a chance to test it.
Unless there will be a follow-up survey to use as a comparison before the tax information was available and after results, this poll appears to be just another excuse to cast gloom and upset upon the current administration. It is a growing trend that puts beliefs over facts in the interests of creating a negative news cycle and creates division where none should exist.