By huge majorities, Idahoans want federal tax cuts for low- and middle-income folks, but they are split on whether high-income individuals and corporations should share in those tax cuts, an Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
IPW’s pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds that:
- 80 percent of Idahoans support a tax cut for low-income folks and families.
- Only 17 percent oppose and 3 percent don’t know.
- 86 percent favor tax cuts for middle-income people, only 12 percent oppose and 2 percent don’t know.
But then opinions change, dramatically in some demographics.
- 53 percent of Idahoans oppose tax cuts for the high income.
- Still, 44 percent favor them, while 3 percent don’t know.
Corporations actually do better than do high-income people. Jones finds:
- 49 percent of Idahoans oppose tax cuts for corporations.
- 47 percent favor tax reductions for corporations, while 4 percent don’t know.
As might be expected, Republicans in Idaho support tax cuts in all the areas:
- For those considered low-income, Republicans say give tax cuts, 76-20 percent.
- For middle-income, they support tax cuts 89-7 percent.
- Those in the high-income brackets, they favor tax cuts, 60-35 percent.
- And for corporations, Republicans say give tax cuts, 65-30 percent.
Democrats and political independents say give tax cuts to low- and middle-income folks, but not to high-income and corporations:
- Democrats favor low-income tax cuts, 87-11 percent; for middle-income give the cuts, 80-17 percent.
- But Democrats oppose tax cuts for the high-income, 86-11 percent; and oppose the cuts for corporations, 83-13 percent.
Political independents are not as strident as the Democrats, but the still on the same side:
- Independents favor tax cuts for low-income folks, 79-20 percent; and favor the cuts for middle-income people, 85-14 percent.
- But independents oppose tax cuts for higher-income people, 57-41 percent; and they oppose tax cuts for corporations, 56-43 percent.
Some interesting comparisons:
- More Idahoans are in favor of tax cuts for the middle class than they are for poor or lower-income folks: Maybe that’s because more people in Idaho are in the middle than the bottom of the economic scale.
Republicans are the only political group that favor tax cuts for the well-to-do and for corporations – likely because more of the wealthy in Idaho are Republicans, and more Republicans own stock in corporations or run them.
In any case, if Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate go along with the tax cutting ideas of GOP President Donald Trump, corporations and the wealthy are in store for some big tax cuts over the next few years.
Jones polled 649 adults from May 4-18. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.85 percent.