Poll says GOP voters strongly support issue on which Trump, McCain and Flake agree: Tax Reform


Arizona U.S. Senators John McCain (R) and Jeff Flake (R) have publicly disagreed with President Donald Trump on a number of issues.

A new poll out this week, however, shows that Republican voters are support at least one policy where the three Republican elected officials agree: Tax reform.

It's an issue the president is expected to address in his speech to a joint session of Congress tonight, and a survey conducted for the American Action Network (AAN) shows GOP voters nationally strongly support reform.

“America’s tax code is unfair, too complicated, and rates are too high. That’s precisely what a strong majority of Republicans believe, according to our latest survey," said Corry Bliss, executive director of AAN

The survey was conducted February 18-22, 2017 for the AAN by The Tarrance Group among 1,000 likely Republican voters nationwide.

According to the survey, 31 percent of respondents said tax reform is an "extremely important issue," with 46 percent saying it is "very important." Further, respondents indicated their two main concerns about the current tax system is that it's "too complicated" and "tax rates are too high."

“We’re going to massively lower taxes on the middle class, reduce taxes on American businesses and make our tax code more simple,” Trump told attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week. The president indicated that his full proposal would be released following the plan to rollback Obamacare. 

Some, however, are expecting the president to provide a glimpse of his tax reform plans during his speech tonight.

His reform plans are likely to find agreement from Sens. McCain and Flake, who have publicly advocated for similar tax reforms in the past.

"Congress must consider tax reform that will lower both personal and corporate tax rates, as well eliminate tax loopholes, and insist upon responsible federal budgeting in order to fully enable Americans to pursue financial success," reads McCain's current Web site.

Flake's Web site contains similar language, indicating the senator "supports a complete overhaul of the code, which includes reducing tax levels, collapsing the number of progressive tax brackets, and the elimination of 'tax earmarks' and other unproductive tax rules and exclusions."

When asked for their thoughts on the "broad principles" contained in Congressional Republicans' tax reform plans, respondents in the AAN poll indicted strong support, with 85 percent approving of these principals. 

Respondents also indicated strong support for a tax reform proposals that "makes it easier to create jobs, raise wages, expand opportunity" and a "tax code that grows the economy, encourages job creation."

The president and Arizona's U.S. Senators also have another key point in common: They enjoy strong support within their party. According to the survey of GOP voters, 89% approve the job President Trump is doing, with 77% approving of the "leadership of the majority party in Congress."

President Trump's address to the joint session of Congress will take place tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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