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Confusion Reigns on Tax Polling

Wording matters.

9:05 AM, Aug 6, 2010 • By GARY ANDRES
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Raise number paying AMT                                    50%

Raise capital gains tax                                                61%

Raise dividend tax                                                79%

Later this fall, Congress will more vigorously engage the tax debate.  Perhaps knowledge will increase as the pending levy increases attract legislative attention and media coverage. In the mean time, voters seem malleable depending on whether questions are framed as letting tax cuts expire, extending tax cuts for the middle class, or whether tax cuts should be repealed.  But when it comes to raising taxes – a majority of voters, at least in these battle ground states – appears solidly opposed.

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