And four-fifths of typical, normal, average people believe government seizes too much of their income. But three-quarters of the political class thinks current tax levels are just fine, thank you very much for their salaries, grants, and other forms of liberal welfare.
When thinking about all the services provided by federal, state and local governments, 75% of voters nationwide say the average American should pay no more than 20% of their income in taxes. However, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most voters (55%) believe the average American actually pays 30% or more of their income in taxes.
Sixty-six percent (66%) believe that America is overtaxed. Only 25% disagree.
Lower income voters are more likely than others to believe the nation is overtaxed.
Not surprisingly, the tax issue provokes a wide gap between the Political Class and Mainstream Americans. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Mainstream American voters believe the nation is overtaxed, while 74% of those in the Political Class disagree (see more about the Political Class and Mainstream Americans).
If Americans really believe they are overtaxed, they have an obvious remedy come November. If they don’t exercise their power to vote the bums out of office, they have no one to blame but themselves.