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Poll: Tax Code Too Complex

Congress has treated the tobacco companies fairly

By Keating Holland/CNN

WASHINGTON (April 10) -- Have you finished your taxes yet? If you feel that the tax code has gotten more complex, you're not alone.

The latest CNN/TIME poll shows 67 percent currently believe that the federal tax code is too complex; only 55 percent felt that way last year.

One thing hasn't changed, a majority of Americans continue to say that their federal taxes are too high. Nonetheless, a majority oppose abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, although anti-IRS feeling has risen in the past year.

The results are based on interviews with 1,011 adults on April 8-9, and the survey has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points, depending on the question.

Is the Federal Tax Code Too Complex?

Yes No
Now 67% 28%
Last year 55 38

Your Federal Taxes
Too high 62%
Too low 2
About right 34
Should the IRS Be Abolished?

Yes No
Now 39% 55%
Last year 20 74

Legislating tobacco

Most Americans believe that Congress has treated the tobacco companies fairly, although the public is split over what the government should do now that those companies have pulled out of the agreement recently passed by the Senate Commerce Committee.

A third say that Congress should try to pass restrictions on tobacco that the companies agree to voluntarily; 28 percent say Congress should force a settlement on the companies; 31 percent want tobacco regulations left as they are now.

Two-thirds believe that tobacco companies purposely target young people to get them to start smoking. But a general tolerance for smokers and smoking remains high. Seventy-two percent believe that, although smoking is a bad habit, everyone should have the right to make a choice about whether to smoke. Only 26 percent believe that society should do everything possible to stamp out smoking. Those figures are virtually unchanged since 1994.

Has Congress Treated Tobacco Companies Fairly?
Yes 58%
No 31
Sampling error: +/-3% pts
How Should Congress Regulate Tobacco Companies?
Get them to agree voluntarily 33%
Force a settlement on them 28
No new regulations 31
Sampling error: +/-3% pts
Do Tobacco Companies Target Young People?
Yes 65%
No 32
Sampling error: +/-3% pts
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Tax Code Too Complex

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