Poll shows Americans want to see Romney's tax returns
July 19th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
10 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. Romney show your taxes

    Romney should show 12 years worth of taxes just like his father..Romney the true will come out to the light.
    Romney is going to lose by landslide

    July 19, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. IntelligentDesign

    Not just any years either. We want the bain years. I have said early that his taxes would show he doesn't pay any taxes, has other outside accounts and that he lived in California. No independent will vote for this fool. i want all tea party people to know that he is a crook.

    July 19, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

    Of course we want to see Willards tax returns. We also want to see the long form version of his birth cert!
    I could care less about his wealth. What I care about is that the returns will likely show that – despite him being estimated as the 4th wealthiest person in Govt – he pays less in taxes than we do. If that is the case, his rhetoric about the middle-class and jobs is totally bogus.

    July 19, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. PMorgan

    Romney claimed owning a dancing dressage horse as a business investment and declared a passive loss of $77,731 on his 2010 tax returns for the care and feeding of his dressage horse Rafalca which is owned in an LLC.The $77,731 in losses related to his investment in his dressage horse LLC allowed Romney to take a $50 tax deduction after netting against other passive losses.

    It is very sad that Romney who has been in the public eye for at least a decade and after choosing to make himself the subject of even more scrutiny as a presidential candidate could not resist taking such a minute deduction relative to his income and net worth even though he should be smart enough to know how bad it would look and the obvious political problems it would generate...even it was perfectly legal.

    The Romney dressage horse deduction shows that a very, very, very, rich man could not resist trying to get just a tiny, little bit more by taking a deduction that would let him keep a measly $49 instead of giving the $49 to the country he supposedly wants to unite, improve, and lead as its President.

    Clearly the issue is not whether the deduction was legal. The issues are that the deduction illustrates flaws in the tax code, Romney's lack of political awareness, his insensitivity to the common man, his obnoxious greed, his selfishness, and his indeed a lack of patriotism...yes lack of patriotism.

    The kind of patriotism asked of all Americans, Democrats and Republicans, by President Kennedy when he said "My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country."

    Mitt Romney is worth over $250 million but when faced with the choice to claim a dressage horse business loss or not to claim it Romney choose to claim the loss and take the deduction because he could not spare $49 bucks for America.

    July 19, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. lolo

    He and Ms. Romneybags won't do it. He did not pay his taxes for a few years and he made his fortune from out-sourcing jobs overseas. Looks like the GOP forgot to vet him. Is it because he looks like them?

    July 19, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. inathens

    Who cares? I don't care what Romney does with his own money as long as it's legal. I care about what Obama has done with our money.

    July 19, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Core republican Values

    Romney is just weird and creepy. He gives hypocrites a bad name.

    July 19, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. jane

    Show the taxes and we will decide for ourself whether they are relevant

    July 19, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. Wake up people

    Show us the taxes Robmey, and please don't forget your long form birth certificate.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 19, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. s.positive

    No tax return, no vote

    July 19, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. ghostriter

    inathens, I'd be willing to bet folks in MA are concerned about what Romney did with their money. Look into it and let us know.

    July 19, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Jules

    That he won't show them means what is in them is more damning than not releasing them. It probably shows that the 2010 taxes of 13.9% is a high point in what he has paid. Maybe some years he made millions and didn't pay any taxes. They may also show that the blind trust he keeps referring to when asked about his offshore accounts was set up long after his offshore accounts were set up meaning he has been not truthful with the American people about that either. Hey Mitt, just when were those blind trusts set up?

    July 19, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    @inathens, sorry but if he lied to the SEC or he is lying to the country thisnis the kind of man you want as president?
    I think you mean what the war criminal #43 do with our money. Remember? That happened in 2007-2008!!

    July 19, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. ghostriter

    when Romney was governor, the state handed out $4.5 million in loans to two firms run by his campaign donors that have since defaulted, leaving taxpayers holding the bag.

    The two companies — Acusphere and Spherics Inc. — stiffed the state on nearly $2.1 million in loans provided through the state’s Emerging Technology Fund, a $25 million investment program created while Romney was governor in 2003 that benefited 13 local firms.

    Acusphere, a biotechnology firm headed by a Romney campaign donor, got $2 million in 2004 that it was supposed to put toward a $20 million manufacturing facility in Tewksbury, which never became fully operational. Calls to Acusphere’s headquarters in Lexington were not returned…

    Spherics Inc., meanwhile, was lured from Rhode Island to Mans–field with much fanfare from the Romney administration, partly through a $2 million loan in 2005. By 2008, the company laid off all employees and completely shut down. The state received about $300,000 when the company liquidated its assets, but the firm defaulted on more than $1.5 million of the state loan, Abbruzzese said.

    Together, the two companies’ investors and executives donated more than $7,000 to Romney’s past campaigns.

    July 19, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. lolo

    Does everyone see the backwards thinking of the GOP? We do not care about his wealth, we care about how he made his wealth outside of his inheritance from dear old dad. I care, because while he was outsourcing jobs and not paying his taxes, We the middle class were paying them for him and losing our jobs to boot. Everyone in the GOP must be on the same medication Bachmann, Palin and the rest of the loony tunes are on. Wake up America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    The Romney's are not very convincing liars and are only prolonging and making the matter worse. We DEMAND to see those returns or the Romney's will receive a letter from US the U.S. voters stating "thank you for applying, but there are no opportunities available at this time and we will keep them on file".
    Signed U.S. taxpayer and voter.

    July 19, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Carlos

    Has a poll been done in order to find out what percentage of the electorate is willing to learn finance and tax law in order to understand tax returns of the complexity of Romney's?

    July 19, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Jim Hahn

    Romney is starting to remind me of "I'm not a Crook" Nixon.

    July 19, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. ST

    Bravo my fellow Americans. You are good thinkers. Romney himself without forced by anyone (may be only his own wife), put himself to the public eyes. He is answerable to every voter and he should abide to everything the require from him, and one of them is to release his Tax Returns.

    July 19, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Romneys have pretty much said "kiss my behind, I've shown Americans all they need to know about their finances". If the Romneys can't be honest with the American people now, what else are they hiding other than taxes returns and that might be just a diversion from something else.

    July 19, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Wasn't Mitt Romney prepared to release returns when he ran in 2008? Apparently, he wasn't prepared to release returns then any more than he is willing to release any returns now. In fact, I doubt if he will release returns if he were elected and living in the White House. The American people deserve and have a right to now who is paying the leader of their country. If Romney thinks that is none of our business, then being POTUS is none of his.

    July 19, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Larry L

    He wants us to trust him with our future. We know nothing about the specifics of his vision and what we know about his character is suspicious. His tax returns would show his true actions and not just his words, I'ts a deal-breaker for many people. He must be hiding something really terrible to continue on this path. Should he be in jail?

    July 19, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. realitychecks

    I thought the horses were for therapy, who is this incredibly weird family? we don' t need their out of touch with reality work in the whitehouse. and where is his long form birth certificate please.

    July 19, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. racegirl1

    As the republicans like to say SHOW ME YOUR PAPERS PLEASE. I want to see all the tax returns like his father and not go through them and take out what they don't want us to see. Even the ONE return he did turn over was missing parts. HEY REPUBLICANS AND MCCAIN WHAT IS MISSING FROM THAT TAX RETURN. All of you are as bad as Willard because you are covering up for him, so guilt by association is just as guilty.

    July 19, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Gurgyl

    Why doesn't he show when he is clean? Tax cheating idiot with job shipping capacity, disgrace to USA and world. Show 12 years of taxes. Obama12.

    July 19, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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