Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Taxes Are Turing Out To Be A Big Problem For Trump

The past week has not been good for the campaign of Donald Trump. It started with Trump exposing himself as a profligate misogynist, and then ended with the revelation that he probably didn't pay any income taxes for 18 or 19 years (and maybe even more).

A fairly recent poll asked respondents three questions about Donald Trump and income taxes. It is the Public Policy Polling survey -- done on September 27th and 28th of a random national sample of 933 likely voters, with a 3.2 point margin of error.

It turns out that 62% of voters want Trump to release his tax returns (which he has adamantly refused to do), and 52% of voters are convinced that he does not pay his fair share of income taxes. Perhaps most important, a plurality (46%) think they pay more in come taxes than Trump does.

This is not going to play well with the public on election day (or in early voting) -- and note, this poll was done before the story broke that he probably hadn't paid any income taxes in at least 18 or 19 years. Trump and his surrogates seem to think that not paying taxes makes him smart, but I seriously doubt that will be the opinion of the general voting public.

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