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Tax plan has support of Congress and Trump — but not American voters

President Trump gestures at a Saturday fundraising breakfast in New York. (Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)
President Trump gestures at a Saturday fundraising breakfast in New York. (Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)

President Trump insists that the tax cut plan now before Congress will be seen as a boon to the middle class, a popular confirmation of a promise he made to those voters in his 2016 campaign.

It’s not seen that way yet.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found only 29% of voters approve of the tax plan, while 53% disapprove.

Almost two-thirds — 64% — of voters said the plan will benefit the wealthy, compared to 24% who said the middle class would be the winners and 5% who believed low-income Americans would be the beneficiaries.

Strikingly, more than 6 in 10 voters said the plan favors the rich at the expense of the middle class — suggesting that voters are primed for an argument already being put forward by Democrats seeking political advantage in the 2018 elections.

A host of new polls has placed the tax plan in dangerously unpopular territory. In surveys by Reuters/Ipsos, the Huffington Post and Gallup, support was no higher than 30%. Members of the House and Senate are expected to meet in coming days to reconcile somewhat different versions of the plan.

The polls also showed Trump in a difficult position when it comes to boosting the popularity of the tax plan, given that he is nearly as unpopular as the measure.

In the Quinnipiac poll, 35% approved of how Trump is handling the presidency, while 58% disapproved.

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