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New York Times|SurveyMonkey poll: March 2019

New York Times|SurveyMonkey poll: March 2019

Relatively few people (22%) report getting a bigger tax refund than they did last year in a March New York Times|SurveyMonkey poll, with more saying they received a smaller refund (32%) or a refund that was about the same as their 2017 refund (34%). Just 11% of people say they owed money after filing their 2018 tax return.

Republicans are nearly twice as likely as Democrats to say their 2018 tax refund is bigger than their 2017 tax refund (29% vs. 16%). They are also twice as likely to say their tax rate went down (29% vs. 14%) and almost half as likely as Democrats to say their tax rate went up (16% vs. 29%).

As of the first week of March, nearly half of people (46%) have filed their 2018 income taxes. Republicans and Democrats are equally likely to have filed.

Click through all the results in the interactive toplines below.
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Question text:
Which one of the following issues matters MOST to you right now?
Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president? Would you say that you and your family are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago? Now looking ahead - do you think that a year from now you and your family will be better off financially, worse off financially, or just about the same as now? Now turning to business conditions in the country as a whole - do you think that during the next 12 months we'll have good or bad times financially?
Looking ahead, which would you say is more likely to take place in the next five years for the country as a whole: Thinking about the big things people buy for their homes - such as furniture, a stove, a television… Generally speaking, do you think now is a good or bad time for people to buy major household items?
Would you prefer to: Have you filed your federal income taxes yet for 2018? Was your tax refund bigger, smaller, or about the same compared to your refund last year?
Compared to last year, did your total tax rate go up, go down, or stay about the same this year? Did you, yourself, get a tax cut as a result of the tax law that was passed in December 2017?
Do you approve or disapprove of the tax law that was passed in December 2017? Do you own or rent your home?