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63% Oppose Taxing Online Transactions

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.

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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.

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