November 4th, 2008
06:38 PM ET
6 years ago

Exit Polls: Voters expect higher taxes

(CNN) - Early exit polling shows voters expect a post-election tax increase. Forty-nine percent think their taxes will go up no matter who is elected president. Twenty two percent say taxes will go up only if Obama wins. Twelve percent say taxes will go up only if McCain wins. Only 15 percent say their taxes will stay the same or go down.


Filed under: Taxes
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. katiec

    Well, although Barack Obama will try, do not see how after
    the diasters the republicans have created for our country
    taxes cannot go up.
    They have dug us into a deep black hole that will take a
    miracle to survive.

    November 4, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Think of the money that will be back in American hands when we withdraw from the war in Iraq.

    Interesting to note that the number of those who think taxes will go up only when Obama wins is about the same as the the number who still support Bush.

    Time will tell.

    November 4, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Hilary

    It's to be expected with the enormous amount of debt we're in.

    November 4, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. gonzo

    If people would just inform themselves they would know what to expect with both candidates. The information is easily accessible for those who really want to know.

    November 4, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. Gozy

    Taxes may or may not increase, but I believe OBAMA will do just fine.

    OBAMA BIDEN '08

    November 4, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. John Smith

    Well, give the Republicans 4 more years and you will no longer be talking about "higher taxes," you will be talking about the nation being sold to another wealthy country– perhaps Saudi Arabia! Fools!

    November 4, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. What?

    What is with that headline? How dare you infer that means people are in bad moods. We have never seen a national debt like this before maybe paying a bit more in taxes could be a good thing.

    November 4, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Barbara in NC

    I'll donate to get us out of debt – IF OBAMA wins.

    If McCain steals the election, his wealthy friends can pay.

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 4, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. Betty

    We have two wars to pay for and a bailout. Who in their right mind would believe taxes will go down....we will be lucky if they stay the same.

    November 4, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. pam from MI.

    obviously anyown who thinks obama meant what he said will be disappointed. anyone who has any intelligence knows you can't do everything that he says hes going to do and not raise taxes. What really bothers me is his whole spread the wealth mentality. let them go to school and get a job just like I had to do.

    November 4, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Claude

    What you don't realise is that when the government keeps spending money and printing money and borrowing money, it is already a tax. Even if you have dollar bills burried in your backyard, they keep getting smaller and smaller. Are you a product of liberal education? Wakeup.

    November 4, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. Mr. Norwegian

    It's midnight in Norway and I should be in bed, need to get in early at the office tomorrow – but I don't want to go to sleep without an idea of where the U.S. is heading.

    I hope I wake up to a U.S. that has discovered a new path. While we wait let me tell you a little about my country:

    Our political spectrum begins where your Democrats are and moves left. Since 2005 we have had what some of you would call a socialist government, our finance minister would be labelled a radical Communist. The unemployment rate is currently 1.7%. We have universal free health care and education.

    Most Norwegians pay between 20-45% income tax, in addition to all sorts of other taxes and charges. Of course, some of us complain (it's in our nature to complain), but we can see that our money is well spent.

    A comment on the much feared word "redistribution":
    I am single, healthy and have no children, so my tax money is being "redistributed" to the benefit of others. But the funny thing about "redistribution" is that you never know when you or someone you love will be at the receiving and deserving end.

    Last Christmas Eve my 78-year old mother found herself at that end as she suffered a cerebral stroke. After being rushed to the emergency room by the ambulance she was admitted to the state-run local hospital. After many tests that day it was discovered that the cause of the stroke was an irregular heart rythm. Two days later a $20.000,- pacemaker was put in place. She was kept at the hospital for two weeks for observation, all most three weeks in all. The state paid for the private physiotherapy my mother needed to regain strength in her feet.

    The cost of all this for her: we don't know. We will never see the bill. My mother is feeling better than she has in many years because of the pacemaker.

    Good luck tonight!

    November 4, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    dont blame it all on bush, not with a democratic house

    November 4, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. pam from MI.

    obviously anyone who thinks obama meant what he said will be disappointed. anyone who has any intelligence knows you can't do everything that he says hes going to do and not raise taxes. What really bothers me is his whole spread the wealth mentality. let them go to school and get a job just like I had to do.

    November 4, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. proud army and navy mom

    Of course taxes will go up under Obama.......Who do you think is going to support thedead beats that voted for him. Here comes redistribution of wealth the Democrat way.

    As the dead beat lady said in an interview Obama will help me with food gas and my mortgage. Disgusting

    November 4, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Betty

    Oh wait..McCain said he would bring down the deficit during his term. Yeah right...

    November 4, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  17. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Obama will be a wonderful President. I trust him to do whatever is necessary to save this country from disaster. He is smart and surrounds himself with smart people. If you are rich, too bad for you. You will start paying your fair share. If you don't make much money, you won't pay any more taxes. That simple.

    November 4, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. Tameka Vaught

    Barak obama will not be able to change the world overnight, but he will overtime, with the help of every american. I think this is the best thing that could ever happen to america if he wins.

    November 4, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. JL

    So true. The only difference is McCain will take more from the middle and give it to the rich and Obama will take from the rich and give to the middle.

    That's why McCain hates Obama's tax plan. Remember-McCain is a very very wealthy man.

    November 4, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. Sarah

    Of course taxes will go up.. How can they not with the administration that has been in the white house for the last 8 years sinking us into record debt.. it's enevitable.

    November 4, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  21. joe

    Keep blaming Bush. Soon you will only have the Democrats to blame, then what are you kool-aid drinkers going to do?

    November 4, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Too bad Republicans get the blame for the mess the Democrats left behind after Clinton's reign. You can thank him for the housing crisis we are in now, thinking everyone "deserves" a house.

    November 4, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. jrd

    are you kidding? BO has already said he is going to send more troops to Afgan...there will be no cost savings...and just wait until he is forced to go after Iran...

    November 4, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. doug the tech

    Its not about republican democrat anymore. The US better start waking up and start fixing the problem instead of talking about it. Don't care who gets the credit just fix it. Do your job politicians.

    November 4, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. Michael Mancini

    Of course taxes will go up. Waaaaay up.

    Wake up: the USA is ~10 trillion in debt.

    How else are we going to pay for the DEM/REPUB sponsored Mafia-style bust-out of the banking system?

    Add a bunch of wealth-distribution programs, fully expected to be another 4-5 trillion, and....

    Yes, that's what i call Change We Can Believe In!!!

    November 4, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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