Most Americans think the tax system is unfair, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. A Pew survey found that 62% of respondents say the federal tax system is either not at all fair (23%) or not too fair (39%), while 37% say it is moderately fair (35%) or very fair (2%).
Opinions are fairly consistent across income levels, but the issue shows a clear partisan divide.
“Democrats are broadly critical of the fairness of the tax system, while Republicans hold more mixed views,” Pew said. “
About half of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (48%) say the tax system is either moderately or very fair, while about as many (51%) say it is not too fair or not at all fair. By contrast, 71% of Democrats and Democratic leaners describe the federal tax system as not too fair or not at all fair; just 29% of Democrats say the system is at least moderately fair.”