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Given their abysmal 2012, Gallup's annual tax day survey might not pack the punch that it once did, but these subsamples from this year's survey were somewhat amusing:

Gallup survey of whether people see taxes as fair, by party and ideology
Overall, 55 percent of Americans said their taxes paid in 2012 were fair. Gallup's spin emphasized that this was the lowest figure it had recorded since 2001, but the fact remains a majority of Americans think their tax burden is fair.

Income level didn't have a major impact on the numbers—57 percent making less than $75,000 thought their taxes were fair compared with 54 percent making more than $75,000. But as you can see in the table above, partisanship and ideology did make a difference, and a big one. Democrats, liberals and moderates were most likely to say their tax level is fair, but only conservatives gave their taxes paid a net unfair rating. Even Republicans were ever-so-slightly more likely to say their taxes were fair.

I'm sure nobody would complain if it were possible to not pay any taxes at all and still have a full-service government that ran on nothing but the energy from rainbows and unicorns. But until that day comes, most people are basically okay with their tax burden. The ideological right is the only exception, and even they aren't terribly bent out of shape.


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