27 February 2017

New Poll: Massive Support for Tax Reform Among President Trump’s Key Constituency

WASHINGTON – Ahead of President Donald Trump’s first address before a joint session of Congress, the American Action Network (@AAN) released survey results on Republicans’ views on tax reform, one of four legislative priorities the President is expected to highlight during the speech, and an active priority of AAN. The survey finds an overwhelming number of Republicans view the issue of tax reform as very important and support the broad principles of tax reform being advanced by conservatives in and out of Congress.

“America’s tax code is unfair, too complicated, and rates are too high. That’s precisely what a strong majority of Republicans believe, according to our latest survey. As President Trump and conservatives in Congress work on tax reform, this constituency is strongly behind them and overwhelmingly supports center-right tax reform. It’s clear, now is the right time to deliver on a simple tax code with lower rates for all Americans,” said Corry Bliss, AAN Executive Director.

Among the key findings of the survey:

•    Three-quarters of those surveyed believe that the issue of tax reform is
very important:
31% believe that tax reform is an extremely important issue,
another 46% indicate it is very important.

•    The two main worries or concerns about the current tax system: tax
code is too complicated and tax rates are too high.

 •   When presented with broad principles of Congressional Republicans’
tax reform plan, respondents overwhelming support the plan:
approve, 8% disapprove.

•    When respondents were presented with several tax reform goals and
objectives, the following two statements generated the highest level of
make it easier to create jobs, raise wages, expand opportunity
and a tax code that grows the economy, encourages job creation.

•    Respondents view President Trump and the leadership of the
majority party in Congress very favorably:
89% approve of the job
President Trump is doing, 77% approve of the job the leadership of the
majority party in Congress is doing.

View the entire polling memo here.

AAN surveyed this constituency because of its likely influence on legislative priorities, including tax reform, in a Republican-led government. The Tarrance Group survey of 1,000 likely Republican voters nationwide was conducted February 18-22, 2017 and the margin of error is +/-3.1%.

Courtney Parella

Communications Director