Most Americans Don’t Believe Trump’s Biggest Lie About the Tax Plan

During normal presidencies, this might be problematic.

Dan Anderson/ZUMA

Less than two weeks before the end of the year, President Donald Trump is set to finally score the first major legislative victory of his presidency, with both the House and Senate planning to pass the Republican tax reform bill on Tuesday. But the long-awaited win comes with a downside for the president: it’s one of the most unpopular bills in recent memory and a majority of the public doesn’t believe Trump’s claims about the bill.

According to a new CNN poll released Tuesday, 55 percent of Americans oppose the bill. Despite the president’s repeated claims that he will be a “big loser” under the bill, 63 percent of Americans believe that the plan will indeed benefit Trump and his wealthy family—as numerous non-partisan analyses have also concluded. 

“We will ensure that the benefits are focused on the middle class, the working men and women, not the highest income earners,” Trump told a crowd in Indianapolis in September. He added: “I’m doing the right thing—and it’s not good for me, believe me.”

On Saturday, he described the bill as a “Christmas gift” for the middle class. 

Despite the tanking support, Congress is set to pass the plan today, with Trump expected to sign it as early as Wednesday.

$500,000 MATCHING GIFT

In 2014, before Donald Trump announced his run for president, we knew we had to do something different to address the fundamental challenge facing journalism: how hard-hitting reporting that can hold the powerful accountable can survive as the bottom falls out of the news business.

Being a nonprofit, we started planning The Moment for Mother Jones: A special campaign to raise $25 million for key investments to make Mother Jones the strongest watchdog it can be. Five years later, readers have stepped up and contributed an astonishing $23 million in gifts and future pledges. This is an incredible statement from the Mother Jones community in the face of the huge threats—both economic and political—against the free press.

Read more about The Moment and see what we've been able to accomplish thanks to readers' incredible generosity so far, and please join them today. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $500,000 total, during this critical moment for journalism.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate

We have a new comment system! We are now using Coral, from Vox Media, for comments on all new articles. We'd love your feedback.