If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.


63% Oppose Taxing Online Transactions

Monday, April 04, 2011

Americans are used to being taxed for good and services they purchase in person, but they remain opposed to carrying that over to the online world.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of American Adults oppose the federal government taxing goods and services on the Internet. Twenty-four (24%) favor online taxation, while 13% are undecided about the idea. (To see survey question wording, click here.)  

Findings have not changed much from a year ago, when 61% opposed such taxes, while 20% approved.  

Majorities of Americans across all demographic categories oppose taxing goods and services on the Internet. But Democrats (31%) like the idea more than Republicans (19%) and adults not affiliated with either of the major political parties (22%).

Men are more supportive of a tax on online transactions than women are. Unmarried adults and adults without children at home support online taxation more than married adults and adults with children living with them.

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 27-28, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


Become a member and get full access to all articles and polls starting at $3.95/month.

Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.

We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.

Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $3.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.

To learn more about our methodology, click here.