GOP tax plan is deeply unpopular, according to new Quinnipiac poll

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

Fifty-three percent of American voters are rejecting the tax plan while 29 percent approve, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll finds.

Sixty-seven percent of Republicans tell pollsters they approve of the plan — the only party, gender, education, age or racial group surveyed that gives it a thumbs up.

Only 6 percent of Democrats and 27 percent of independent voters approve of the tax plan. Support is low across all income brackets and economic classes.

In a separate question, American voters say 61-to-34 percent that the tax plan favors the rich at the expense of the middle class.

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.

If it does pass, it would be the most sweeping change to the U.S. tax system since the Reagan era.

Of the 1,500 American voters polled by Quinnipiac in the last week, 41 percent say it will increase their taxes, while 20 percent say the plan will reduce their taxes and 32 percent say the plan will not have much impact on their taxes.

Meanwhile, American voters give President Donald Trump a negative 35-to-58 percent job approval rating, which has slipped three points compared to the 38-to-55 percent approval rating Trump got in a November 21 Quinnipiac University poll.

Voters say 56-to-40 percent that Trump is not fit to be president, tying his all-time low score.

Fifty-two percent of the voters surveyed say they are “embarrassed” to have Donald Trump as their president while 25 percent say they are “proud.” Another 20 percent say they don’t feel either.

“Deeply unpopular and manifestly unfit for the job. That’s the harsh assessment of President Donald Trump, whose tax plan is considered built for the rich at the expense of the rest,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

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. Another 13 percent of voters list foreign policy, while 11 percent cite terrorism and 10 percent list race relations.

From November 29 to December 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,508 voters nationwide with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers called landlines and cell phones.