A few weeks ago, we marveled at how the GOP has been using populist messaging on their tax reform bill, which is a massive giveaway to wealthy individuals and profitable corporations. We recently stumbled across a poll which sheds some light on exactly why the GOP can't simply be honest about their bill. The poll was conducted by the American Action Network, a conservative nonprofit issue advocacy group. To get an idea of what the AAN is all about, check out this attack ad they ran against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau using Soviet imagery. If you are not familiar with the CFPB, it is a independent agency whose creation was largely the work of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and investigates predatory practices in the financial industry.
Aside from being commissioned by a right wing organization with a habit of comparing basic consumer protections to the gulag, only conservatives from Republican districts were surveyed. So if there is any popular support for tax reform, then this is where we should find it. In this group 77% thought that Congress should cut taxes for individuals and 54% thought that Congress should cut taxes for individuals and businesses. A bare majority of support for tax cuts on individuals and businesses is pretty terrible when the group you are polling is the group that should be the most enthusiastic about tax reform. This number is consistent with recent pew polling which found that only 48% of conservative Republicans and 41% of Republicans overall thought taxes should be lowered on large businesses. The same Pew poll also found that 36% of Republicans want taxes cut for households incomes over 250k.Read More