That’s the way I interpret the result of the Gallup poll that found that the American people have the most positive view of the income tax that they’ve had at any time since 1956:
PRINCETON, NJ — A new Gallup Poll finds 48% of Americans saying the amount of federal income taxes they pay is “about right,” with 46% saying “too high” — one of the most positive assessments Gallup has measured since 1956. Typically, a majority of Americans say their taxes are too high, and relatively few say their taxes are too low.
When you examine the details of the polling method you realize they polled adults. All adults. Not adults who paid income taxes. The number of Americans who have zero income tax liability is the highest it’s been in over a half century.
If the sample used in the poll was really representative of Americans generally, that means that nearly 40% of those polled pay no income taxes. Unsurprisingly, the overwhelming preponderance of these believe that they’re paying a fair amount.
What do Americans who actually pay income tax think of the fairness of the present system? The world may never know.