Most Idahoans support the GOP tax reform passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds.
But even though most support the “reform,” only 26 percent say they have noticed an increase in their paychecks because of it.
Of course, Trump and his Republican congressional allies have touted the reform as giving tax cuts to the middle class, although others say that isn’t happening.
IPW’s pollster, Dan Jones & Associates, finds:
- 53 percent of Idahoans “strongly” or “somewhat” support the tax changes made by Republican federal leaders.
- 35 percent oppose the changes.
- And 11 percent don’t know.
Asked if they have seen an increase in their paychecks since the reforms took effect Jan. 1:
- 26 percent said yes.
- 41 percent said no.
- 29 percent said the question doesn’t apply to them (perhaps they are self-employed or other kinds of reimbursement, or are not working for a paycheck.)
- And 5 percent don’t know.
Here are some interesting comparisons between what Republicans, Democrats and political independent Idahoans are saying about taxes, and how they have been affected by the changes:
- 81 percent of Republicans like the tax changes, but only 32 percent say their paychecks are larger now.
- Only 8 percent of Republicans oppose the tax changes, and 30 percent say their paychecks are no bigger today.
- 82 percent of Democrats oppose the tax changes, and only 16 percent say they are benefiting by larger paychecks.
- Only 13 percent of Democrats support the tax changes, and 60 percent of Democrats say their paychecks are not larger today.
- Political independents are split on the two findings: 47 percent of independents oppose the tax reforms, 38 percent support them.
- Yet only 23 percent of independents say their taxes have gone down (they have larger paychecks), while 42 percent say they have seen no change in their paychecks.
Jones polled 617 adults from Feb. 26 to March 15. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent statewide.