Less than seven months until the 2018 midterm elections threaten to wipe Republicans out of Congress, the GOP was given more reason to worry.
According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, just 27 percent of the American people think the tax bill is a “good idea.”
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Just 27 percent of Americans call the tax overhaul a good idea, while 36 percent disagree and 34 percent say they don’t yet know enough about the bill to have an opinion.
That’s similar to results in January, when 30 percent called it a good idea, 38 percent called it a bad idea and 30 percent did not know enough to respond either way.
And more than half of Americans — 53 percent — also say the bill will be more of a negative because it will increase the federal deficit and mostly benefit the wealthy and big corporations. That includes 56 percent of those who are poor or working class, 49 percent of middle-class Americans and 54 percent of the country’s highest earners.
GOP chances in 2018 hinge on the tax argument
Even though the American people were opposed to the GOP tax scam as it was being rushed through Congress at the end of last year, Republicans moved ahead in passing it.
They believed that if they were just able to get it signed into law by Trump, enough people would be convinced that it’s good for the middle-class, even though it’s designed largely to benefit the wealthiest individuals and corporations.
In other words, the GOP has put all of its eggs in one basket for the tax scam, and it doesn’t appear to be working. The American people aren’t buying what they’re trying to sell.
Add the continued unpopularity of the tax plan to the still historically low approval rating of Donald Trump and the enthusiasm among Democratic voters, and 2018 is shaping up to be a blue wave election year.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.