President Donald Trump’s historic tax reform has grown more popular with the American people since Congress passed the measure and the chief executive signed it into law in December, according to a survey by The New York Times.
The SurveyMonkey poll conducted for The Times found that 46 percent of Americans either strongly support the law or somewhat approve of it. That’s a 9 percent increase from the 37 percent who said the same before the bill’s passage.
With the Dow Jones Industrial Average surpassing 26,000 for the first time Tuesday, unemployment rates decreasing and a growing list of companies offering bonuses and pay raises to employees following passage, Trump’s biggest legislative victory to date is gaining some traction with the public.
“The American people are already feeling the impact of tax reform, even though it hasn’t even fully kicked in yet,” Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Chairman Jenny Beth Martin said in a statement Wednesday.
“The president’s determination to deliver on his conservative campaign promises to reduce regulations and cut taxes is resulting in a growing economy and a much more confident American public,” Martin continued.
“The positive impact of those conservative policies is reflected in the latest NY Times poll that shows growing confidence among taxpayers since the tax reform package was signed into law,” she said.
The survey, which polled 10,509 adults during the first week of 2018, also found 42 percent of those interviewed believe the U.S. economy is faring better now than it was at the beginning of 2017 and Trump’s inauguration.
“After decades of Washington dysfunction and out-of-control growth of government, the American people want results that will make their lives better,” Martin said. “As this poll suggests, if they continue to see these results, they will express their approval for the people they elected.”
A Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted January 11-16 among 1,993 registered voters and released Wednesday also found an uptick in Americans’ support for the new tax law since its passage in December, from 42 percent to 45 percent.
Opposition sank from 39 percent to 34 percent. Politico noted that “after respondents were told about the major provisions of the bill, support rose to 47 percent.”
Republicans attributed much of the opposition to the tax bill prior to its passage to the onslaught of negative coverage in the mainstream media, congressional Democrats, and well-funded liberal activist groups. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told Fox News in late December that media outlets were “lying about the tax cuts” to the American people.
“All of the elite media’s lying about the tax cuts,” Gingrich told “Fox & Friends.” “And then you go to the average American and say, ‘What do you think?’ And they say, ‘Well, gosh — based on what I’ve heard, I guess I’m against it.’ Then the media says, ‘Oh, my gosh — this is an unpopular tax cut.'”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) also blasted the media and the Left during an interview on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” prior to the bill’s passage. Ryan said he thought the people “have sort of been hit on their TV screens by the media and the Democrats that everybody’s getting a big tax increase.”
“That’s just not the case,” Ryan said. “But they’ve been hit on TV with so many different confusing messages that there’s no wonder there’s a little confusion surrounding this.”