The GOP isn't getting a political payoff from its tax plan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan.   Evan Vucci  AP Images

Twenty-nine percent of Americans approve and 53 percent disapprove of the Republican plan to overhaul the US tax code, a Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday indicated. That's a worse showing than Obamacare ever recorded, and more unpopular than former President Bill Clinton 's tax increase plan when it passed in 1993.

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.

The poll shows Americans oppose the Republican tax-cut effort by almost two-to-one, as 29 percent approve and 53 percent disapprove.

The new surveys show that distaste with the Republican plan is worsening as its details emerge. "Voters also say 51 - 37 percent, including 45 - 38 percent among independent voters, that they would like Democrats to win control of the U.S. Senate in 2018". Support is low across all income brackets and economic classes. A full 61% of respondents felt that the bill "favors the rich at the expense of the middle class".

Forty-one percent of voters said they expect their taxes to go up under the GOP plan, 32 percent said they think it would not have much impact and 20 percent said they think it would reduce their taxes.

The House and Senate bills must now be reconciled in conference committee before Republicans' tax overhaul effort can be signed into law. Of that, 41 percent of voters who identify as Republican said they disapprove.

The same poll gave President Donald Trump an approval rating of 35 percent and a disapproval rating of 58 percent.

Forty-seven percent of women nationwide say they have been sexually assaulted, according to the poll, compared with 17 percent of men who say they have been sexually assaulted. "That's the harsh assessment of President Donald Trump, whose tax plan is considered built for the rich at the expense of the rest", said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. Another 13 percent of voters list foreign policy, while 11 percent cite terrorism and 10 percent list race relations.

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

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