POLL: Public Pulse

August 3, 2010

According to a poll by the Center for American Progress, 66% of adults believe the federal government wastes “a lot” of what Americans pay in taxes.

Also according to the Center for American Progress, 56% of Americans believe they pay “too much” in taxes for what they get from the government. Only 41% said they don’t mind paying what they pay in taxes when they consider what they get.

The Pew Research Center asked adults what course Congress should take on the 2001 and 2003 tax laws. 30% said all of the tax laws should be extended (up from 25% in mid-October 2008); 27% said Congress should extend all but the tax cuts for the “wealthy” (down from 37% nearly two years ago); and 31% said Congress should let all of the 2001 and 2003 tax laws expire (up from 25% in mid-October 2008).

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