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Did President Obama cut your taxes?

Only 12 percent of the public say that the Obama administration has lowered their taxes since coming to office, despite the fact that the White House's stimulus package cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans, a new opinion survey found.

The rather remarkable number was part of a CBS/New York Times poll released on Friday and provides a somewhat dispiriting window into how the recession has altered political preceptions throughout the country. A tax cut of historic nature, passed by Congress last winter, has yielded few political benefits (and, some economists would argue, few economic ones as well).

In addition, the CBS/NYT poll found that 24 percent of respondents said that their taxes had actually increased under the Obama administration -- which is, again, not true. Fifty-three percent said their taxes stayed the same.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 11:28 PM on Feb. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • He didn't cut my taxes.


    Answer by legalmommy101 at 11:30 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • WHERE do you get these.........facts? I get that the POLL is CBS...but the OTHER.....facts?

    Answer by momof030404 at 11:31 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • It's hard for people to gauge their taxes from last year to this when they're comparing their old salary to their unemployment check.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:45 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • No in fact my cost of living has increased and more money is going out of my pocket instead of in my pocket.

    Answer by tyme4me2day at 11:52 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • It's hard for people to gauge their taxes from last year to this when they're comparing their old salary to their unemployment check.

    Good point. With over 10% unemployed, many more under-employed, and others working for much lower salaries, of course they are paying less in taxes.

    If you are living in one of the many tent cities that have popped up all over the U.S., you probably aren't paying any taxes!  Thank you Obama!

    The others are paying maybe $100-$300 less in taxes per year.  Yep, that $10 to $25 a month really helps*sarcasm*


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:00 AM on Feb. 13, 2010

  • When you get a job, one of the first things you learn to do is decipher your check stub. People can read the numbers, and know if they are paying more in taxes than they were before. And yeah, that $7 a week "extra" that I believe O said we could maybe buy cupcakes with......well, if both spouses work, then they get to pay a lot of that BACK! Hardly a cut.

    Answer by 29again at 12:55 AM on Feb. 13, 2010

  • The New York Times article is a scam. If you read the the actual report you will find that the NYTs ad lib and failed to report the "true numbers" in their article. AND the answer to your question is NO.

    Answer by pvtjokerus at 7:53 AM on Feb. 13, 2010

  • Let's put it this way....if Obama cut taxes (LOL), it was only to soften the blow for next year when BUSH'S tax cuts that have been in existence since 2001, EXPIRE...coupled with enormously high unemployment rates, manufacturing continuing to go overseas (green jobs anyone?!), and people losing their homes, businesses, etc.,then watch out--you ain't seen nothing yet!!!

    I have no doubt that the majority of posters and responders in the P&CE have no idea just how much Bush helped with his tax cuts--because so many of them were "in like 7th grade" in 2001!!!

    mmm....mmm...mmm...barack hussein obama


    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:17 AM on Feb. 13, 2010

  • Took the words right out of my mouth LoriKeet

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:21 AM on Feb. 13, 2010

  • Lori forgot to add that once the tax cut and see how much supplies will go up and other such items that people need. The companies are going to pass their "new cost" to the customer. Therefore, the customer gets hit twice.

    Answer by pvtjokerus at 8:25 AM on Feb. 13, 2010

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