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Duh! Americans say they're overtaxed

April 6, 2011 at 1:50 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- Two of three voters said they believe U.S. residents are overtaxed and a majority say federal tax hikes should be put on the ballot, Rasmussen Reports said.

Results released Wednesday also indicate respondents think changes to Social Security and Medicare should be submitted to a vote by the public.

The telephone survey indicated 64 percent of likely U.S. voters said they believe the United States is overtaxed, while 24 disagreed with the assessment and 11 percent said they were undecided.

While the results may be good news for budget-cutters, 59 percent of voters said say any federal tax increase should be approved by a popular vote, while 26 percent said such a vote is not necessary. Fifteen percent said they were unsure.

Even more voters -- 68 percent -- said any proposed changes to Medicare and Social Security should be approved by a vote of the American people. Twenty-two percent disagreed, saying a public vote was unnecessary.

Results are based on a nationwide telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted Sunday and Monday. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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