The GOP isn't getting a political payoff from its tax plan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan.   Evan Vucci  AP Images

In Quinnipiac's poll, Republicans viewed Trump 15 points more positively than they view the tax bill.

The Republican tax plan pending in the U.S. Congress benefits the wealthy the most, 64 percent of American voters say, while 24 percent say the tax plan benefits the middle class and 5 percent say it benefits low-income people, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

The telephone survey of 1,508 voters was conducted by Quinnipiac University from November 29 to December 4 as the Senate pushed through its tax-cut bill, setting up conference committee negotiations on a final version with the House.

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Although voters, on the whole, expressed negative takes on the GOP-backed proposal, which would make sweeping changes to the tax code, Republicans were much more supportive of the effort with almost seven in 10 saying they approve of the plan. But 53 percent of Americans in the Quinnipiac poll say it won't. Republicans don't even like it" (Editorials, Nov. 4): "I am writing to draw attention to the negative impact the Republican tax plan would have on chronically ill Americans. In August, Americans split evenly over which party handles tax issues better. Now, Dems have an eight-point advantage. Most significant is Trump's historic weakness. With just 35 percent approval in the new Quinnipiac poll, he is the least popular first-year president since polling began.

Majorities of blacks (83 percent), Hispanics (70 percent) and whites (52 percent) disapprove of the president's job performance. "Voters also say 51 - 37 percent, including 45 - 38 percent among independent voters, that they would like Democrats to win control of the U.S. Senate in 2018". Those findings don't mean supporting the tax-cut effort holds no political benefit at all for Republican lawmakers.

The trouble is, the evidence to the contrary is unambiguous: tax cuts are generally popular with the American mainstream.

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