Whatever your tax bracket, majority of Americans say they pay too much

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A top polling group asked Americans what they think of the amount in federal taxes they must pay this year — and surprise, not too many think it is too little.

A majority, 52 percent, told Gallup their federal tax is “too high,” while 42 percent said it is “about right.”

The too-high camp usually hovers around 50 percent, yet the current mark is up 6 percentage points from two years ago.

“Few Americans have ever described their taxes as being ‘too low,’ with at most 4 percent saying this in the nearly 60 years Gallup has asked the question,” the pollsters said.

Americans were more likely to say their taxes were too high prior to 2003; Gallup said the dip “most likely reflects the effect of the 2001 and 2003 income tax cuts passed during George W. Bush’s administration.”

Even as many Americans said the government is extracting too much of their income, roughly the same percentage said their taxes were fair.

Gallup said Democrats were more likely to see their taxes as fair than Republicans and independents.

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