As congressional Republicans fight to preserve their majorities, they may need to find a weapon more powerful than the big December tax cuts.
The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that the tax-cut law, never broadly popular, has sagged in public esteem lately. Just 27 percent of Americans call it a good idea, down from 30 percent in January. A 36 percent plurality call it a bad idea, while the rest have no opinion.
Moreover, a majority gives thumbs-down on the plan when asked to consider its potential effects. Just 39 percent foresee a positive impact from a stronger economy, more jobs and more money in their pockets; 53 percent foresee a negative impact from higher deficits and disproportionate benefits for the wealthy and big corporations.
“Not a great starting point” for the fall campaign, said Fred Yang, a Democratic pollster who conducted the survey with Republican counterpart Bill McInturff. The telephone poll of 900 adults, conducted April 8-11, carries a margin of error of 3.27 percentage points.
We saw this in the PA-18 special election, when Republicans gave up on running on their tax ripoff plan after they, to their surprise, found it had no appeal among voters. Why, it’s almost like they aren’t complete idiots. Or many of them anyway. Instead, they went all in on racism, which didn’t work too well either.
The next major special election is AZ-08, which is a really tough seat for Democrats. I mean, this is Trent Franks’ seat. But Republicans are throwing tons of money at this because they now have to do so even for the reddest districts. I doubt Democrats can win, but another close election will say a lot about what will happen in November. And at least one poll calls it a dead heat.