American voters aren't happy about the GOP's tax plan

A Democratic aide carries a chart past the U.S. Senate chamber that senators used to argue against the Republican tax bill on Capitol Hill in Washington Friday night Dec. 1 2017

The Republican tax plan pending in the U.S. Congress benefits the wealthy the most, say 64 percent of American voters, while only 24 percent say the tax plan benefits the middle class.

A Gallup poll completed on Friday and Saturday as the Senate rushed to pass its version of the bill found that 29% of American adults approved of the proposed plan.

This is part of the reason why voters want Democrats in control of Congress, "American voters say 50 - 36 percent, including 44 - 36 percent among independent voters that they would like the Democrats to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018".

Republicans overwhelmingly approve of the plan by 67 to 10 percent, the only party, gender, education, age or racial group listed to approve.

Of GOP voters, 70 percent approve.

Voters, meanwhile, split 40 to 53 percent, over whether they believe the tax overhaul plan would lead to an increase in jobs and economic growth - benefits Republican leaders have touted in their efforts to drum up support for the House and Senate bills. A conference committee to come up with a compromise bill is expected to kick off its work later this week, with a goal of getting the legislation to President Donald Trump's desk by Christmas.

Just 5 percent of Americans say it benefits low-income people, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Tuesday.

While congressional Republicans have spearheaded this tax overhaul movement, the survey revealed that more voters (47%) think Democrats would do a better job of handling taxes than Republicans (39%). Only 25 percent said Trump shouldn't be investigated.

Congressional and White House Republicans have set a goal of December 31 for the bill to become law.

“While the 29 percent of Americans favoring the current tax plan isn't markedly different from the 39 percent who favored Reagan's tax cut plan in 1986, today's plan sparks much more disapproval, leaving fewer Americans uncertain about the plan, ” Gallup says.

The survey of 1,508 voters was conducted from November 20-Dec.

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