Politico and Morning Consult released a poll Wednesday that claimed the majority of American voters have not seen an increase in their monthly paychecks since President Donald Trump signed the Republican’s comprehensive tax reform bill into law. The poll, however, includes some very misleading demographics.
The poll states that 51 percent of voters have not seen an increase in their pay following the tax bill, while only a quarter reported an uptick in their paychecks.
Political and Morning Consult included the responses of students, retirees and those who are unemployed, which skews the polling data. Some 26 percent of respondents were students, 7 percent of percent were unemployed and 4 percent were retired. That means that upwards of 37 percent of respondents had no job at the time.
Unemployment and retirement compensation is taxable income, so including those respondents could make some sense. On the other hand, students are rarely full-time employees and are often not even counted in the labor force. Even if they have jobs, students often work minimum-wage, part-time jobs while pursing a degree as a full-time student.
The poll has a sample size of 1,989 people with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. Pollsters conducted the survey from Feb. 15-19.
A recent New York Times poll conducted by SurveyMonkey shows that 51 percent of Americans approve of the tax bill, compared to just 37 percent when the bill was entering the final stages of debate in late December.
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