Tax Delirium And Gallup's New Poll

There's a good deal of buzz online today about a new Gallup poll that shows Americans have the most favorable views of income taxes since 1956 (48 percent say the amont of taxes they pay is "about right," while 46 percent say their taxes are too high). Political Animal's Steve Benen says it's not what Republicans were hoping for; MyDD's Todd Beeton says it shows the tea partiers are out of touch; DailyKos's DemFromCT agrees; Riehl World View's Dan Riehl does not (he suggests President Bush's tax cuts have satisfied the middle class); RedState's Soren Dayton says the numbers don't matter because lots of people don't pay any taxes.

Could it be that the conservative economic outrage, real or imagined (we'll find out tomorrow, I guess) isn't so much about taxes, but rather TARP, bank nationalization, Obama having won the 2008 election, and the economy just being really bad? It seems Tax Day protesting is more about general angst--whatever its object--than the actual tax rates.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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