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61% Say Tax Hikes Hurt Economy

Saturday, November 11, 2006

There are many reasons that Republicans lost control of Congress last week. On one level, people just didn’t think Congress was doing its job very well. However, it is also clear that the GOP lost its edge on an issue that Ronald Reagan once claimed solely for the Republicans--taxes.

Americans today still hold views similar to those that brought Reagan to the White House--61% believe that tax hikes are bad for the economy. Just 16% believe they help the economy. But, in the Reagan era, Republicans were seen as the protector of tax cuts while Democrats were painted as always seeking more revenue for government. A Rasmussen Reports survey finds that the distinction is no longer clear in the public mind.

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