Majority of voters disapprove GOP tax plan, says helps wealthy

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

Twenty-nine percent of Americans approve and 53 percent disapprove of the Republican plan to overhaul the USA tax code, a Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday indicated.

The Republican tax bill is getting dismal reviews from the American public as it moves closer to becoming law. Both parties got failing grades for their handling of the matter in politics: 21 percent approve of Republicans' efforts, while 60 percent disapprove, versus 28 percent approval to 50 percent disapproval for Democrats.

Americans' current approval of the proposed tax changes is lower than the 39 percent approval Gallup found the last time Congress took on a major overhaul of the federal tax code.

The House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have passed different versions of the sweeping tax overhaul, but Republicans in Washington say they are optimistic that reconciled, same-as legislation will pass before the end of the year. Within this, 67% of Republicans approve of the legislation, making them the only demographic along party, race, gender, education or age lines to approve.

Notably, Democrats have been following the news about congressional debate over the tax bill more closely than other party groups have, according to Gallups polling.

The Quinnipiac poll found that 47 percent of women nationwide said they have been "sexually assaulted, meaning someone touched [them] in an inappropriate, sexual manner without [their] consent".

Under House Republicans' tax plan, the income tax brackets for individuals would be cut down to just four: 12 percent, 25 percent, 35 percent and 39.6 percent.

When asked about the most important issue facing the United State right now, 18 percent of voters chose health care as the biggest priority, while 17 percent listed the economy.

The survey of 1,508 voters was conducted from November 20-Dec.

The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 70 percent cellphone respondents and 30 percent landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by time zone within region.

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