(National Sentinel) Winning: A solid majority of Americans now support the Republican tax cut and reform law that President Donald J. Trump signed in December, up 18 percent since it was passed.
After weeks of negative press and mischaracterization of the reform measure by much of the U.S. media and Democrats, when the law was passed just 33 percent of Americans supported it, while 52 percent disapproved.
However, the perception of the law has reversed, especially after tax cuts took effect this month and Americans are seeing more money in their paychecks. The New York Times reported:
Overall, 51 percent of Americans approve of the tax law, while 46 percent disapprove, according to a poll for The New York Times conducted between Feb. 5 and Feb. 11 by SurveyMonkey. Approval has risen from 46 percent in January and 37 percent in December, when the law was passed.
“Public opinion is moving in the direction of this bill,” Jon Cohen, chief research officer for SurveyMonkey, told the Times. “Considering where it was, it is dramatically different.”
The paper noted that even some Democrats have now voiced approval for the cuts.
New poll find narrow majority supports GOP tax cuts. That's a big shift from December, and welcome news for Republicans heading into the midtermshttps://t.co/HBNFiQJH54
— Axios (@axios) February 19, 2018
The Times said when the law was passed just 9 percent of Democrats approved of it; that has risen to 19 percent now.
Cohen said it has become politically risky for Democrats to campaign against the law.
“It’s less of a sure bet than it seemed in December,” he said. “This isn’t a problem yet for Democrats, but the movement isn’t a positive one.”
The Times noted that Democrats have not had an answer for the tax cuts politically, but that they are gearing up to rebrand it “as disproportionately helping shareholders and the wealthy, and they contend the boost from bonus announcements will fade.”
“In other words,” The National Sentinel‘s editor-in-chief J. D. Heyes said, “they’re going to lie about it because that’s all they’ve got.”
He added: “Good luck with that. It’s a hard sell to people who are actually seeing more money in their paychecks that the tax cut law isn’t really helping them.”
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