Plurality of Americans support keeping income tax

Voters are evenly divided over whether their state taxes are too high or about right, and they aren’t enthusiastic about proposals by several governors to eliminate state income taxes in exchange for higher sales taxes.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 31% of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s a good idea to swap income taxes for sales taxes. But 41% disagree and don’t think it’s a good idea to eliminate a state’s income tax in exchange for a higher sales tax. Twenty-eight percent (28%) are not sure.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Kevin Flanagan

    Most people don’t pay income taxes, they are freeloaders.

  • Guest

    That’s because most people are freeloaders.

  • Clairvoyant

    Too bad the special interest infested Democratic and Republican parties will never let a flat tax or consumption tax, happen.

    • Kevin Flanagan

      That threatens their power. It’s also an invitation to chicanery.

  • sbark

    The progressive Income tax is the best way to protect the Mega Wealthy and Ruling Class Elites position in society.

    Phil Mickelson case in point—supposedly worth 45 million, had hopes of buying into the SD Padres, and yet at 62% taxe rate he got blasted for making a comment that enough is enough.

    Bill Gates and Buffet run around blowing smoke up everyones arse with crap like “we arent taxed enough”, our Sect pays a higher tax rate, Dont ever see the Left/ Media attack them like Mickelson did.
    Its a closed club as long as the progressive income tax is in place.