Poll shows Americans want to see Romney's tax returns
July 19th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll shows Americans want to see Romney's tax returns

(CNN) – A majority of Americans say presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney should release income tax information beyond the two years he's already disclosed.

The USA Today/Gallup survey showed 54% of those surveyed felt Romney should release tax returns from additional years, compared to 37% who said Romney should not release more returns.

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Romney has released his tax return from 2010, and an estimate for his 2011 information. He filed for an extension on submitting his taxes in April, and has vowed to release the full return when the documents are finalized and filed.

Democrats, and some Republicans, have urged Romney to disclose more of his tax information. Democrats say additional returns will clear up questions about offshore accounts and his rate of income tax, while Republicans say it would be politically advantageous to disclose more information. President Barack Obama's campaign immediately blasted out the poll Thursday as an indication their campaign push is working.

In Thursday's poll, 30% of self-identified Republicans said Romney should release more of his returns, compared to 75% of Democrats and 53% of Independents who said the same.

The survey also showed respondents were divided on whether or not the tax return information was relevant to the campaign. Forty-seven percent said having more tax return information from Romney would be "largely irrelevant" to making a decision at the voting booth, compared to 44% who said the returns would provide ""legitimate information that helps voters make better decisions."

The Gallup/USA Today poll was taken by telephone on Wednesday from 539 adults. The sampling error was plus or minus 5 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Taxes
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Expat American

    FACT: Only the stupid and the false messiah followers did and will agaain vote for Hussein Obama and his Buffoon of a side kick Biden.
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    The President’s middle name seems to be of significant importance to you. Why is that? Do you view the name “Hussein” as something derogatory or perhaps anyone with that name is somehow ‘lesser’ than you?
    Would you let a Muslim-American surgeon with the name “Hussein” save your mother’s life? Thankfully, that surgeon would be bound by his/her Hippocratic oath, no matter how much the name “Hussein” scares you beyond belief.

    July 19, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Myviewis

    Ron in California

    I want to see the tax returns of all members of Congress who refuse to divulge them especially Pelosi and Reid. I also, want to see those of Obama's Cabinet members and other key White House staff. Many of these folks are also millionaires.....the hypocrisy of it all.
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    Good point. I forgot about Pelosi and Reid.

    July 19, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Namejamicr a

    I agree I said weeks ago that this is a ploy so when he release them he can look honest/better than he looks now....I agree demo look out when they are released he will sky rocket in the polls....there is nothing there ....can you say FALLING INTO WILLARDs and GOP TRAP

    July 19, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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