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55% Say Wealthy Americans Pay Less Than Fair Share in Taxes

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The so-called “Buffet rule”, which would require millionaires to pay a 30% minimum tax rate, was defeated in the Senate yesterday, but President Obama continues to push the plan on the campaign trail. Most Americans think the wealthy pay less than their fair share in taxes, while nearly half feels the middle class pays more than its share.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% of Adults nationwide believe most wealthy people in this country pay less than their fair share in taxes. One in four (25%) believe wealthy Americans generally do pay their fair share, while 13% think they pay more than their fair share. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on April 13-14, 2012 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.

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