Poll: Americans want changes in tax system
IRS wins popularity contest with Gingrich
March 29, 1997
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- According to a CNN/Time poll, 93 percent of 1,018 adults polled said they wanted to see some changes -- ranging from minor reform to installation of a completely new system -- in the federal tax system.
Support for major changes in the system grew from 34 percent in 1995 to the current 41 percent, while the number wanting a complete change remained steady at 22 percent.
One in five Americans said the IRS should be abolished, and over two-thirds said it does a good job of collecting the nation's taxes.
People with unfavorable views of the IRS outnumber those with favorable opinions by 6 percentage points.
Even with the low favorable figures, however, the IRS is more popular than House Speaker Newt Gingrich, viewed favorably by 24 percent of those polled.
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