Over the past 50 years, Americans have consistently thought
they pay too much taxes. The number who believe they overpay has
risen about 10 percentage points since the early 1990s (currently
65 percent), though it has yet to return to its 1952 high of 71
Despite popular perception, Americans do not have a uniformly
bad opinion of the IRS. Although the majority has a negative
opinion of the agency, those who have had contact with agency
members say they were treated fairly.
The 2001 tax cut fell in popularity after its passage. While 51
percent of Americans initially said they approved of President
Bush's tax plan, after the legislation passed, only 36 percent said
it would be good for the country.