Idahoans believe GOP President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will fail in their attempt in reforming U.S. taxes, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.
In addition, most Idahoans identify more with the Republicans’ ideas of tax reform than they do with the Democrats’, the Dan Jones & Associates survey finds.
The Senate and House have both passed versions of tax reform. Now the two bodies must appoint a joint committee to reconcile the different provisions.
Trump is putting pressure on congressional Republicans to pass tax cuts before the end of the year. But it may, in fact, take months for GOP senators and representatives to work out the differences between the two measures and get a bill to Trump’s desk.
Some of Jones numbers:
-- 48 percent of Idahoans say Trump/Congress will fail in adopting tax reform.
-- 40 percent say they will pass some kind of reform.
-- And 12 percent don’t know.
As you may expect, Idaho Republicans are more optimistic about tax reform than are Democrats and political independents.
-- Idaho Republicans believe tax cuts/reforms are coming, 61-26 percent.
-- Democrats don’t believe it, 80-13 percent.
-- Political independents, who don’t belong to any political party, also believe tax reform will fail, 61-29 percent.
-- Those who say they are conservatives think Congress will succeed in reworking the nation’s complicated tax system.
-- Those who said they are liberals say it will fail.
-- And those who self-identified as “moderates” politically say it will fail, 55-35 percent.
Republicans are also believing what leaders of their own party in Washington, D.C., are saying about tax reform, while Democrats and political independents are going with what Democrats in Congress are saying about the GOP tax reform efforts.
Independents believe what Democrats are saying about how harmful the GOP plans are, 48-42 percent.
Finally, how much education one has reflects on how one believes that D.C. Republicans are looking out after their interests in tax reform.
Those with just a high school degree believe what Republicans are saying and doing about taxes, 59-32 percent.
But those with college higher degrees, like lawyers, CPAs and PhDs, believe what Democrats are saying about tax reform, 51-43 percent, Jones finds.
Jones polled 619 Idaho adults from Nov. 8-15. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.94 percent.