New poll shows majority of small businesses oppose GOP tax plan

With the Senate poised to begin consideration of the Republican-authored proposal this week, a new coalition of small business leaders wants to put lawmakers on notice that most of them don’t like the proposal.

Businesses for Responsible for Tax Reform is touting a poll today, shared first with McClatchy, showing 51 percent of oppose the plan, while 34 percent expressly support it. The Nov. 17-18 survey of 794 small business owners nationwide was conducted through automated telephone interviews.

Just over half of respondents — 52 percent — agreed with the statement that current proposals favor large corporations over small businesses. Fifty-eight percent said it felt wealthy corporations would benefit the most.

Sixty percent said they did not believe the current tax proposals in the House or the Senate would help level the playing field for small businesses.

Thirty-six percent of respondents identified as Republicans, 29 percent as Democrats and 35 percent as independents or “other.”

North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling, which conducted the study, has a reputation for being sympathetic to left-leaning groups.

In this case, members of the coalition that commissioned the survey were already on the record as having problems with House and Senate Republicans’ vision for overhauling existing tax law.

The House passed its tax plan November 16. The Senate hopes to complete work on its version next month. If it does, House and Senate negotiators would iron out a compromise and the two chambers would vote again. Republicans want those final votes by the end of the year.



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