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Here are some poll numbers released earlier today by Rasmussen Reports -- "an electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information."


18% Favor National Sales Tax, 68% Oppose


Friday, May 29, 2009

To raise additional money for the government, just 18% of Americans nationwide favor a national sales tax . The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 68% oppose such a tax.

There is more support for the concept if sales tax revenue is used to provide health insurance for all Americans. In that scenario, 40% favor a national sales tax and 49% are opposed.

Democrats strongly support a national sales tax to provide universal health insurance coverage. Republicans are opposed by a three-to-one margin, and those not affiliated with either major party are opposed two-to-one.

A plurality of Americans would support a national sales tax if it meant getting rid of the federal income tax : 43% favor that trade-off, but 38% are opposed. Pluralities of Republicans and unaffiliateds like the idea, while a plurality of Democrats are against it.

Forty-eight percent (48%) say a national sales tax is fairer than an income tax while 26% hold the opposite view. The sales tax is viewed as fairer by 52% of Republicans, 44% of Democrats and 49% of unaffiliateds.

According to recent news reports, some in Washington say adoption of a national sales tax on all goods and services would lead to a reduction in income tax rates. However, Americans are skeptical that the nation's politicians would actually go through with such a trade-off.

Only 20% of Americans think it's even somewhat likely that the government would actually cut income tax rates once the national sales tax was approved. Just eight percent (8%) say it's Very Likely income tax rates would come down.

A Washington Post article this week said a national sales tax ranging from 10% to 25% is being discussed. In the Rasmussen Reports survey, no specific levels of taxation were mentioned. However, since the tax rate would be much higher than existing state sales taxes, it is likely that support for a national sales tax would decline as specific numbers became known.

An earlier survey found that 34% were generally willing to pay higher taxes to provide health insurance for all . But there was strong opposition to taxing health insurance benefits provided by companies. Fifty percent (50%) are willing to tax alcohol products to generate revenue for health care, but there is little support for a "sin-tax" on non-diet sodas.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters prefer a government that offers fewer services and has lower taxes . Seventy-seven percent (77%) say the bigger problem in the United States is the unwillingness of politicians to control government spending rather than Americans' unwillingness to pay higher taxes.

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To view a copy of the original report, please use this link: No National Taxing of Sales