Most Americans want to see Trump's tax returns

Most Americans want President Donald Trump and his 2020 presidential rivals to release their taxes, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds.

Americans say, 56% to 27%, that Trump should release his tax returns to the public. Among those who want to see the president’s taxes, a majority say it’s very important that he make them available. Other recent surveys have foundsimilarly robust support.

Trump’s continuing refusal to release his returns is a break in precedent from most presidents since Richard Nixon.

“The public has no right to see those,” Hogan Gidley, the White House principal deputy press secretary, told Fox News on Monday. “Congress definitely doesn’t have a right to see the tax returns of a private citizen, but also just think about the precedent that sets. Listen, this was already litigated. ... It’s never going to work.”

The Democratic chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee formally asked the Internal Revenue Service last week to hand over copies of Trump’s personal and business tax returns from the last six years.

There’s no clear public consensus on what Trump’s returns might actually show: 30% believe they would reveal information about his finances so serious it would prove he is unfit to be president, 22% that they would reveal information that’s less serious but still politically harmful and 27% think they would show nothing untoward at all. The rest aren’t sure. 

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190 initiation fees
for Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach

Cost per member initiation: $200K

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2,715 annual memberships
to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach

Cost per membership: $14K/year

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190 sets of diamonds
That Ivanka Trump wore to her wedding

Cost of Ivanka Trump's wedding day jewelry: $200K

Photo credit: Getty

26 engagement rings
That Donald Trump proposed to Melania with

Cost of Melania Trump's engagement ring: $1.5M

Photo credit: Getty

845 annual tuitions
To the high school that Barron Trump attends, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School

Tuition cost: $45K/Year

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543 annual tuitions
To the university that Tiffany Trump attended, University of Pennsylvania 

Tuition cost: $70K/year

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10,556 Gucci jackets
That Kellyanne Conway wore to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Cost of jacket: $3.6K

Photo credit: Reuters 


Unsurprisingly, Trump’s opponents are the most convinced that the president has something to hide. Eighty-four percent of voters who backed Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the last election suspect Trump’s taxes harbor damaging or disqualifying information, while about a quarter of Trump voters say the same. Most Clinton voters also think Trump isn’t as rich as he says that he is.

Americans’ desire for transparency isn’t limited to Trump: Those polled also say, 58% to 23%, that they’d like to see Democratic candidates for president release their tax returns.

But, perhaps largely due to Trump’s high-profile stance, the issue of access to candidates’ tax returns is deeply polarized.

An overwhelming majority of Clinton voters say they want to see tax returns both from Trump and from his prospective Democratic rivals. By contrast, just 28% of Trump voters think the president should release his taxes and just 38% want to see his Democratic opponents do so.

Clinton voters say, 78% to 12%, that tax returns provide legitimate information that helps voters make better decisions about who should be president; Trump voters say, 71% to 21%, that tax returns are largely irrelevant to the presidential race.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted April 3-5 among U.S. adults, including 370 Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters, using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

HuffPost has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls.You can learn more about this project andtake part in YouGov’s nationally representative opinion polling. More details on the polls’ methodology are availablehere.

Most surveys report a margin of error that represents some but not all potential survey errors. YouGov’s reports include a model-based margin of error, which rests on a specific set of statistical assumptions about the selected sample rather than the standard methodology for random probability sampling. If these assumptions are wrong, the model-based margin of error may also be inaccurate.Click here for a more detailed explanation of the model-based margin of error.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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