Taxes: What’s fair?
Do you believe the U.S. government should tax income from investments at the same rate as ordinary income, or should investment income be taxed at a lesser rate?
When we asked that question in our national scientific survey, here’s how Americans responded: 43% said investment income should be taxed as a rate less than ordinary income, 38% said investment income should be taxed at the same rate as ordinary income, and 19% expressed no opinion.
The issue is a hot topic in the wake of presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s disclosure that his effective tax rate is 14% – far less than his GOP competitors and President Obama because all of Romney’s income comes from investments.
The U.S. government taxes investment earnings less than ordinary income in part because it wants to encourage and reward investments, which create jobs.
Most Republicans (63%) felt investment income should be taxed less than ordinary income.
Democrats disagreed, with 49% calling for investment income to be taxed at the same rate as ordinary income, with 23% dissenting.
Independents sided with Democrats by a 46%-38% margin.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,113 registered voters nationwide was conducted January 24, 2012 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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