WASHINGTON – Recent national and state polls that tested several provisions of the House and Senate tax reform plans consistently show that voters overwhelmingly oppose eliminating or restricting the state and local tax (SALT) deduction. SALT, part of the federal tax code since 1913, is claimed by 44 million households and supports middle-class homeownership, along with essential public services including education and public safety.
- A newly-released POLITICO/Morning Consult poll found that restricting SALT was the least popular provision in the congressional tax reform plans, with 44% of voters believing it should not be in a final bill passed by Congress. Additionally, the poll found that by a margin of 41-24%, voters prefer full preservation of SALT when compared to the proposal passed by the House of Representatives, which fully eliminates the deduction for state and local income and sales taxes and capped the property tax deduction at $10,000.
- A Quinnipiac University National Poll released earlier this month found that voters thought that eliminating SALT was a bad idea by nearly a 2-1 margin (59-30%), including 62% of independents and nearly 40% of Republicans. Again, the poll found that eliminating SALT was the least popular provision of any tested.
- Recent Hart Research Associates polling found that support for SALT is also strong in states which are not among the group often referred to as high tax states. The poll found very strong majorities of voters in Maine (73%), Arizona (70%) and Tennessee (65%) viewed the Senate tax plan less favorably due to its elimination of SALT.
“These polls demonstrate Congress’ rush to complete tax reform runs counter to the very strong desires of voters to preserve the most widely claimed deduction in the tax code for individuals and families, the deduction for state and local taxes,” said Bob Chlopak, Co-Director of Americans Against Double Taxation. “The middle class is sending a strong message to the Senate and House that they want their SALT deduction fully preserved.”
The full Quinnipiac survey results and methodology can be found here. More information about the Hart Research Associates results and methodology can be found here. For the POLITICO/Morning Consult results and methodology, click here.
About Americans Against Double Taxation
Americans Against Double Taxation is a coalition of state and local government organizations, service providers and other stakeholders dedicated to protecting the state and local tax deduction (SALT), a federal tax deduction claimed by 44 million American taxpayers that supports vital investments in infrastructure, public safety, home ownership and education. For more information, visit AmericansAgainstDoubleTaxation.org.