Cutting corporate taxes looks like a hard sell for Donald Trump and Republican Party leaders — a new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that 65 percent of Americans feel large corporations pay too little in taxes.
Given what the public knows about it, they opposes Trump’s tax plan by 44-28 percent, with a substantial 28 percent undecided. Half of those polled expect the administration’s plan to reduce taxes on the wealthy, while just 10 percent think it’ll reduce taxes on the middle class. A quarter expect equal treatment.
A tax break for the wealthy would be out of step with public opinion. Overall, a broad 78 percent favor trimming income taxes on middle-and lower-income Americans, while just 33 percent support reducing taxes on higher-income individuals. The public splits when it comes to cutting taxes paid by businesses in general — 45-48 percent, support-oppose.
Seventy-three percent in this poll, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates, also say the current tax system favors the wealthy, up 5 points since 2012; 55 percent feel that way strongly. Just 5 percent say the tax system favors the middle class, down 4 points. Seventeen percent say it treats both groups about equally.
Trump is expected to make an opening pitch for his tax plan in a speech Wednesday.
Views on Trump’s plan divide along party lines. Just 7 percent of Democrats and 5 percent of liberals support the plan, versus 60 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of conservatives. Independents and moderates come in between the two parties and ideologies, with 29 and 25 percent support, respectively.
Household income also factors into support. A mere one in five of those with household incomes less than $50,000 support the plan, vs. 36 percent of those with incomes of $50,000 or more.
In addition to Democrats and liberals, opposition peaks among blacks (70 percent), Hispanics (55 percent), urbanites (51 percent) and adults age 39 and younger (50 percent).
Most of these groups are also more likely than their counterparts to think Trump’s plan will mainly reduce taxes for the wealthy. The exceptions are Hispanics, who are about as likely as whites to say so, and urbanites, who differ from rural residents, but not suburbanites.
There’s a similar gender gap. Men are 13 points more likely than women to support Trump’s plan, and 12 points more likely to think it will treat both the wealthy and the middle class about…