Fifty-two percent of U.S. adults are not willing to pay any more in taxes each year to fund a major federal plan to rebuild infrastructure in the United States that President Donald Trump has promised, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national survey released on Monday.
Trump has vowed to propose a trillion-dollar infrastructure improvement program, but has not yet presented a plan to Congress or specified what that means, CNBC reports.
If Trump intends to keep his spending on the project anywhere close to the trillion dollars he has mentioned, he is expected to have substantial Republican opposition to the plan, but could find enough Democratic allies on the issue to pass the legislation.
Details of the Rasmussen poll include:
- Only 45 percent are willing to pay more taxes annually to fund the upgrade in infrastructure.
- However, that number includes 14 percent who are only willing to pay $50 more in taxes and 15 percent who would agree to pay an additional $100. Only 10 percent say they would be willing to shell out an additional $250 in taxes annually and just 6 percent would pay $500 more.
- Of the 52 percent saying they do not want to pay more, 33 percent say that the cost for the project should be offset by other spending cuts.
The plan has more support among Democrats than Republicans, even though it is a GOP administration proposing it.
Among Democrats, 51 percent are willing to pay more taxes annually to fund the infrastructure program, while 45 percent are not willing to pay anything more. Among Republicans, only 39 percent are willing to have their taxes raised to fund the project, while 58 percent are unwilling to pay any additional taxes.
The survey of 1,000 American adults was conducted on February 14-15. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points, with a 95 percent level of confidence.
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