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Think you pay too much in taxes? 52% of America agrees with you

Think you pay too much in taxes? 52% of America agrees with you
More than half of American taxpayers think federal income taxes are too high, a Gallup poll finds. (Daniel Acker / Bloomberg)

Yes, most Americans think federal taxes are too high. Shocking! Seriously, what's more interesting about the results of a new Gallup poll is that we're much – much --  more at peace now with our taxes than we used to be.

The annual Gallup poll found that 52% of taxpayers say federal income taxes are set too high, an increase from 46% in 2012.

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The percentage of people who think taxes could stand to be reduced has hovered around 50% since 2003, the report said.

Before that, as much as 69% of Americans felt taxes were too high, according to Gallup. It was President George W. Bush's income-tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 that seemed to have a soothing effect on taxpayers, one that lasted.

Americans' perception about taxes has sometimes tracked with historical events. During the 1940s, for example, people overwhelmingly reported that taxes were fair -- probably due to a sense of patriotism during World War II, the report said.

This recent poll shows that these days it all comes down to politics.  The bluer you are, the more OK you are with paying Uncle Sam.  About 55% of Democrats say taxes are "about right," while only 38% of Republicans and 36% of independents think the same.

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