Some new polls out this week suggest that the GOP tax cuts aren’t making much of difference to many Americans. Half the respondents in a Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted between March 1 and March 5 said they haven’t seen an increase in their paychecks, while just 27 percent have. A Gallup poll conducted between February 26 and March 4 found that 64 percent of respondents haven’t noticed a change in their take-home pay, while 32 percent have.
And support for the bill seems to be leveling off, with 46 percent of the Politico/Morning Consult respondents saying they support the bill and 36 percent saying they disapprove, basically unchanged from two weeks ago. While Gallup did detect an increase in support – 39 percent, up from 33 percent in January – a larger percentage disapprove at 48 percent.
It may be that the tax cuts are too small for the average wage earner to notice, much to the disappointment of Republicans who were counting on a political boost from the legislation.
A story in The New York Times Wednesday suggests that some voters, especially blue-collar workers, may just be a bit underwhelmed by the size of the cuts. A machine shop worker from Dayton, Ohio, told the Times he was seeing about $30 more a week in his paycheck, but made it clear that the money was relatively small potatoes: “It’s just a little extra money I can count on. It’s not going to change my life.”