Flat Is Fair: American Public Opinion on Taxes and the Myth of Egalitarianism
By Brian J. Gaines
This article appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of The Independent Review

Although news headlines suggest that wealth inequality weighs heavily on the minds of Americans, public opinion polls indicate a general disapproval of a progressive tax system designed to level the playing field. Most survey respondents support very low (even zero) tax rates for the poorest and only modest increases in rates across the range from median to high incomes.

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