Poll: Americans Have Historically-High Positive Attitudes About Their Own Taxes

April 13, 2009 12:47 p.m.

A new Gallup poll finds a surprising attitude among the American people regarding taxes, as we head towards April 15: Amazingly high satisfaction.

The question asked is: “Do you consider the amount of federal income tax you have to pay as too high, about right, or too low?” The numbers: About right 48%, too high 46%, and too low 3%.

This is the second-highest “about right” number since Gallup began asking this question over 50 years ago, beat out only by 50% in 2003, after successive rounds of Bush tax cuts. And since the early 1960s, this question has almost always shown a significant gap between “too high” on top and “about right” on the bottom.

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