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Majority US Citizens Believe Taxes for Low-Income Earners Too High

The Gallup's annual Economy and Personal Finance poll revealed that almost half of US citizens think that lower-income Americans pay too much in their federal taxes.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Almost half of US citizens think that lower-income Americans pay too much in their federal taxes, the Gallup's annual Economy and Personal Finance poll found.

“Forty-five percent of US adults believe lower-income earners pay too much," the Gallup said on Wednesday. “This sentiment is up roughly five percentage points from recent years, but is still lower than a decade ago.”

The poll, conducted April 9-12, revealed that 30 percent of US citizens think low-income earners pay a fair share of federal taxes, while 21 percent argued that they pay too little.

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“The increase in the belief that lower-income people pay too much is largely attributable to Republicans, a third of whom now hold this view,” the Gallup explained.

The percentage of Democrats sharing the same view increased by 5 points from 52 percent in 2014, according to the poll.

The Gallup also found that 62 percent of US citizens think upper-income Americans pay too little in federal taxes.

In February 2014, Obama proposed the 2016 fiscal year budget, suggesting tax increases primarily on businesses and the wealthy.

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have recently reported on their tax returns and revealed that they made $477,383 in 2014.

The Obamas earned 9 times more than an average US family. In 2013, the US median household income was $51, 939, according to the US Census Bureau.

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