What’s 9-9-9?: Most Have Heard Of It, But Americans Oppose Cain’s Plan 35% To 24%

October 25, 2011, 5:00 PM GMT+0

Businessman Herman Cain’s top economic proposal is his 9-9-9 tax plan: a 9% federal business tax, a 9% federal payroll tax and a 9% sales tax. Two out of three respondents in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll have heard of this plan — and — more importantly – so have 84% of Republican primary voters.

GOP voters and the public overall hold very different opinions of 9-9-9: Republican voters are twice as likely to favor as oppose it, while the public is negative. However, many people aren’t sure quite what to think of it. 

Republican voters are especially concerned about taxes. Nearly half of them say they pay more than their fair share of taxes, something just a third of Democratic voters say. Democratic voters are more likely to believe they pay their fair share of taxes. 

And Republican voters are much more likely to think that the tax burden falls too heavily on wealthier Americans. Nearly a third of them say the wealthy pay more than their fair share of taxes. That’s not because GOP voters think of themselves as wealthy: only 2% of Republican voters describe themselves that way. 

Economist/YouGov poll archives can found here.

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