POLLS

Americans Don't Know They Got a Tax Cut

President Obama may talk about all the tax cuts he has instituted for the middle class, but not everyone seems to be listening. In a CBS/New York Times poll, only 12 percent of respondents thought that the Obama administration had “In general… decreased taxes for most Americans.” More than half said that they had stayed the same and 24 percent believed that taxes had gone up. Obama’s approval ratings have been falling in the past month. “Is it part of the frustration, of course,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. “95 percent of working people in this country saw their taxes cut last year, but apparently only 12 percent felt it.” CBS News suggests that some Americans might not have noticed the tax cuts for two reasons: many of them were quite small and talk of raising taxes in the future has been a distraction.