PackPoll Spring 2018

Tax & Income Poll Toplines

(Maximum N = 291)

February 14 - February 17

NCSU Undergraduates enrolled in panel


Respondents were asked either Q1(a) or Q1(b) -

Q1(a). In December, Congress passed a new tax plan called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In this survey, we'll ask you a few questions about your knowledge and opinions of this bill. Prior to taking this survey, how much had you heard about the new tax plan?”

A great deal        15%

A lot        15%

A moderate amount        31%

A little        24%

None at all        16%

Q1(b).  “In December, Congress passed a Republican tax plan called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In this survey, we'll ask you a few questions about your knowledge and opinions of this bill. Prior to taking this survey, how much had you heard about the Republican tax plan?”

A great deal        15%

A lot        19%

A moderate amount        36%

A little        24%

None at all        5%


Respondents were split into three groups and asked Q2 and Q3 after being shown different levels of information about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act -

Group A: shown no information

Group B: shown basic information about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,

Group C: shown information about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with additional context


Q2. “Based on what you know, who do you think benefits most from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?”

The average American

The wealthiest Americans

Don’t know enough to say

Group A

14%

64%

22%

Group B

14%

70%

15%

Group C

17%

74%

9%

Q3. “Based on what you know, do you favor or oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - or do you not know enough to say?”

Favor

Oppose

Don’t know enough to say

Group A

16%

46%

38%

Group B

21%

54%

24%

Group C

19%

62%

19%


Q4.  “If you were asked to use one of these commonly used names for the social classes, which would you say your family belongs in?”

Lower class                3%

Lower-middle class                17%

Middle class                40%

Upper-middle class                37%

Upper class                1%

Prefer not to answer                2%

Q5. “To the best of your knowledge, what was your family's total household income in 2017 (before taxes)?”

Less than $24,000        3%

$24,000 - $45,000        14%

$45,000 - $75,000        18%

$75,000 - $120,000        27%

$120,000 - $225,000        19%

$225,000 or more        5%

I don’t know        7%

I prefer not to answer        6%


Q6-9. Respondents were asked to guess the median income of parents to students at NC State, UNC - Chapel Hill, Duke University, and East Carolina University. The table shows the median value of total respondent guesses for each school.

 “The median household income in the U.S. is $59,039. To the best of your ability, please guess the median household income of parents to students at....”

School

Median guess

NC State

$70,000

UNC - Chapel Hill

$80,000

Duke University

$100,000

East Carolina University

$60,000