Questions - Capital Gains - December 27-28, 2012
National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted December 27-28, 2012
By Rasmussen Reports
1* If someone buys stock in a company and sells it for a profit a few years later, that profit is called a capital gain. Under current law, are capital gains taxed at a higher rate than other income, a lower rate, or at the same rate as other income?
2* Regardless of the current law, should capital gains be taxed at a higher rate than other income, a lower rate, or at the same rate as other income?
3* If someone buys stock in a company and owns it for a very long time, part of their reported profit is just keeping up with inflation. Should people pay capital gains taxes on gains that are just keeping up with inflation?
4* If someone sets aside stock in their retirement account, should their profits from the sale of stock be tax-free?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence