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Seven in Ten Americans Blame Big Corporations and the Rich for the Amount of Taxes They Pay

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 By Maryann Cousens
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Poll: Taxes and the Economy

This Navigator Research report contains polling data on Americans’ perceptions around the national economy and economy in their local community, tracking on confidence of Americans’ personal financial situations, and who Americans blame most for the amount of taxes they pay.

The vast majority of Americans blame the rich for the taxes they pay, not poor Americans.


By an overwhelming margin, people believe the rich and big corporations who pay less than their fair share in taxes are more responsible for the amount of taxes they pay than poor Americans who don’t pay taxes. 71 percent say they view “rich Americans and big corporations who pay less than their fair share” as more responsible for the amount of taxes they pay compared to just 29 percent who say they blame “poor Americans who don’t pay taxes and live off government subsidies more. Majorities across party lines blame the rich and big corporations more than poor Americans, including 86 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of independents, and 55 percent of Republicans.

  • Over three in four who are unfavorable to both Biden and Trump blame big corporations and rich Americans who don’t pay their fair share more for the amount of taxes they pay (77 percent), as do nearly four in five Americans working in service industry jobs (78 percent) and seven in ten working in blue collar jobs (70 percent).
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: As Tax Day Approaches, the Vast Majority of Americans Blame the Rich for the Taxes They Pay, Not Poor Americans

Americans remain pessimistic about the economy, but are slightly more positive about the economy in their local community.


68 percent of Americans rate the state of the national economy negatively, though 30 percent rate the economy positively, which is the highest positive sentiment since the beginning of 2023. A slightly higher share — 35 percent — rate the economy in their community positively while 62 percent rate it negatively.   

  • A majority of Democrats believe the economy is either getting better or staying the same (66 percent; 37 percent say it is getting better and 29 percent say it is staying the same). By contrast, three in five independents (60 percent) and seven in ten Republicans (71 percent) believe the U.S. economy is getting worse.
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Views of Personal Financial Situations and the National Economy Remain Steady
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Americans Are More Optimistic About Their Community’s Economy Than the National Economy

Three in five Americans are uneasy about their personal financial situation and most describe themselves as struggling to make ends meet.


57 percent of Americans say they are uneasy about their personal financial situation over the next few months, including 25 percent who say they are “very” uneasy. Similarly, a majority describes themselves as struggling to make ends meet (54 percent), with an additional 11 percent who say they are not making ends meet, a similar finding to our battleground research in closely-divided House districts in November 2023. Women under the age of 55 are experiencing higher levels of uneasiness, with 67 percent feeling uneasy about their personal financial situations,  which is 16 points more negative than men under the age of 55 (51 percent). 

  • Nearly four in five Americans (77 percent) under the age of 55 say they are either struggling to make ends meet (62 percent) or not making ends meet (15 percent) as compared to half of Americans over the age of 55 (50 percent; 43 percent struggling who say they are struggling to make ends meet and 7 percent who say they are not making ends meet).
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: A Majority of Americans Say They Are Struggling to Make Ends Meet or Not Making Ends Meet

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About The Study

Global Strategy Group conducted public opinion surveys among a sample of 1,000 registered voters from March 7-March 11, 2024. 100 additional interviews were conducted among Hispanic voters. 75 additional interviews were conducted among Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. 100 additional interviews were conducted among African American voters. 100 additional interviews were conducted among independent voters. The survey was conducted online, recruiting respondents from an opt-in online panel vendor. Respondents were verified against a voter file and special care was taken to ensure the demographic composition of our sample matched that of the national registered voter population across a variety of demographic variables.

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In a world where the news cycle is the length of a tweet, our leaders often lack the real-time public-sentiment analysis to shape the best approaches to talking about the issues that matter the most. Navigator is designed to act as a consistent, flexible, responsive tool to inform policy debates by conducting research and reliable guidance to inform allies, elected leaders, and the press. Navigator is a project led by pollsters from Global Strategy Group and GBAO along with an advisory committee, including: Andrea Purse, progressive strategist; Arkadi Gerney, The Hub Project; Joel Payne, The Hub Project; Christina Reynolds, EMILY’s List; Delvone Michael, Working Families; Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute; Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO; Jesse Ferguson, progressive strategist; Navin Nayak, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Stephanie Valencia, EquisLabs; and Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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