I'm interested in data from public opinion surveys that have asked people about tax policy in terms of specific tax rates about specific levels of income (or other taxable quantities, like inheritance amounts). That is, I want data from surveys that have asked questions like "Suppose a person earns $100,000 a year. How much do you think that person should pay in income taxes?" (Or, alternatively, "How much do you think that person should have left after paying income taxes?") I'd be okay with multiple-choice answers if they were fairly granular (e.g., "less than $10,000", "$10,000-2000"), although I'd prefer data where respondents could give any number they liked.

There are three things I specifically want to avoid (and which are present in tax-policy survey data I've seen so far). One is asking people only about their own situation (e.g., "How much tax do you think you should pay?"). Another is asking only about broad socioeconomic categories that are not defined by actual numbers (e.g., "How much should a lower-class family pay?"). The third is asking for opinions only in relative terms rather than in terms of actual numbers (e.g., "Do you think people earning more than $250,000 per year currently pay too much in income tax, about the right amount, or too little?"). That's why I'm interested in questions that use specific numbers for both the hypothetical income level and the hypothetical tax burden.

I'm looking for opinion surveys from the USA, although I'd also be interested in data from other countries for comparison, or in data from segments of the US population (e.g., individual states).


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