79 pc Americans say ‘everyone’ should pay some taxes

     A large majority of Americans believe everyone should pay some federal income tax, even if it is as little as one percent of what they make. The Fox News Poll found that nearly 79 percent Americans said everyone should pay something. Nearly 85 percent of Republicans, 83 percent of independents and 71 percent of Democrats also said Americans should pay some taxes According to the IRS, last year approximately 41 percent of tax filers did not pay federal income tax. The Tax Policy Center estimates that will increase to 46 percent this year. Most voters, 73 percent, are at least somewhat familiar with the widely-broadcast videotape of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney talking about "47 percent of Americans" and the number of people paying no federal income tax. Romney also spoke about his concern that the country is becoming an entitlement society and that many are too dependent on government. According to the poll, journalists and pundits speculated the tape would damage Romney's campaign. Yet a 63 percent majority thinks that Romney’s comment about dependence on government is mostly (36 percent) or somewhat true (27 percent). Three out of four voters believes the "average American" is at least somewhat dependent on government (76 percent), while less than a third says they personally are (31 percent). The poll also shows nearly half of voters, 46 percent, think the federal government is "trying to do too much" these days. Voters are sharply divided over which candidate they trust to do a better job managing their tax dollars: 46 percent said Romney, while 45 percent said Barack Obama, the report added.

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