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When it comes to what the average American believes about the role of the government in society, the public has a tendency to overestimate the effectiveness of the tax system, the importance of the safety net, and the influence of the media. It’s the same for many major public policy debates in recent years, including on race, gun control, and climate change.
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released a report titled “U.S. Economic Policy: The Role of Tax Policy” on Monday that examines all the ways governments manipulate the economy in order to enhance their own profit margins or to provide services to a wider society. The NAS reports that “the typical American believes that government spends too little (46%) or too much (33%). However, the typical American believes that the federal government spends too little (22%) or that it spends too much (20%) on many areas of the American economy, including education, health care, retirement security, and infrastructure.”
The NAS also found that about 80% of Americans believe the wealthy pay “too high a corporate tax rate” and that “the wealthy, as a group, pay the highest federal income tax rates in the industrialized world.” But the U.S. doesn’t have a “rich taxpayer,” and it’s not “the wealthy that pay the top income tax rates.” About 20% of the country’s taxpayers (2.6 million people) pay over half their income in federal taxes, for an additional $2,800 in taxes per person.
The report looked at how public policy affects both employment and economic growth, what public opinion can shape the actions of state and local policymakers, and how public opinion can impact what people pay for goods and services.
The NAS report found that for most federal government programs, there are significant differences between the views of tax payers and non-tax payers. About half of tax payers (56%) think “government spending is too low” compared to 32% of non-tax payers. And while 64% believe economic growth is important, about as many non-tax respondents (57%) say that “government spending is too high.” The report also found that just 20% of tax payers think
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