Trump’s Own Poll Confirms What Nancy Pelosi and Democrats Have Been Underscoring: Republican Tax Bill is a Massive Scam Designed to Benefit Wealthy People & Big Corporations

Washington Post
Nearly half of Americans agree with Nancy Pelosi’s ‘crumbs’ comment, according to a poll by a pro-Trump group
By: Ed O’Keefe
March 1, 2018

Key Points:

  • …a new poll from a group supportive of President Trump finds nearly half of Americans agree with Pelosi’s comments despite weeks of relentless criticism from GOP leaders.
  • The poll was conducted by America First Policies, a pro-Trump nonprofit group established shortly after the president’s inauguration last year. A report published Thursday by CNBC details how the group, officially classified as a “social welfare organization,” is conducting extensive polling that is usually conducted by major party committees on behalf of an incumbent president.
  • Shortly after the CNBC report surfaced, Democratic aides noticed this question in the group’s most recent poll: “When talking about the bonuses that companies like AT&T, Wells Fargo and Visa have recently given their employees due to tax reform, Nancy Pelosi said, ‘In terms of the bonus that corporate America received versus the crumbs that they are giving workers to kind of put the schmooze on is so pathetic.’ Do you agree or disagree with Nancy Pelosi’s statement?”
  • The poll found that 49 percent of respondents totally agree with her statement, while 43 percent disagree. More respondents strongly disagreed (35 percent) than strongly agreed (31 percent) with Pelosi. Eighteen percent “somewhat agreed” with her comment, while 9 percent “somewhat disagreed.” Three percent of respondents said it “depends,” or were neutral on the questions, while 5 percent were “unsure” or refused to answer.
  • The poll suggests that the attack on Pelosi, now dominating Republican talking points and ads, may not be resonating…
  • While the poll may have inadvertently exposed some hopeful news for Pelosi…
  •  The poll of 1,200 respondents was conducted Feb. 16 to 20…

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CNBC
Dark money group America First Policies is running a pro-Trump polling operation. Here is an inside look at its secretive work
By: Christina Wilkie
March 1, 2018

Key Points:

  • In another question from February, as shown in the above screenshot from one of the group’s reports, respondents were reminded that large companies had given out employee bonuses before they were asked if they agreed with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s comment that worker bonuses were “crumbs” compared with corporate windfalls. The results were surprising: A plurality of voters agreed with Pelosi, despite the lopsided question. This would suggest that for Republicans, using the “crumbs” comment as an attack line against Democrats in 2018 campaigns, which Trump has suggested they do, may not be a good idea.

  • Over the past six months, CNBC monitored America First Policies’ website and found hundreds of pages of polling and research paid for by donors whose names are permitted to be kept secret. Much of this polling has since been removed from the site, but a portion of the removed documents are still available online.

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See Also:

PoliticusUSA: Trump Humiliated As His Own Leaked Poll Tells Him Nancy Pelosi Was Right On Tax Cuts
Huffington Post: Nancy Pelosi Is Right About Workers Getting ‘Crumbs’ From The Tax Bill
Los Angeles Times: Home Depot’s bonuses underscore what workers get out of the corporate tax cut: Peanuts
Reuters: Walmart hikes minimum wage, announces layoffs on same day
New York Post: AT&T boss touts big employee bonuses amid job cuts
The Atlantic: The GOP’s Tax-Cut Narrative Is Already Unraveling
Washington Post: Shocker: Democrats’ predictions about the GOP tax cut are coming true
Salon: People are starting to realize the GOP tax bill was a massive scam
Los Angeles Times: Boom in Share Buybacks Renews Question of Who Wins From Tax Cuts
The Intercept: Corporations Say Publicly They’ll Pocket The Tax Cut, But Republicans Aren’t Listening
New York Times: Well-Heeled Investors Reap the Republican Tax Cut Bonanza
Vice News: The Trump Tax Cut Isn’t Trickling Down to Workers
Vanity Fair: Corporations Stop Pretending to Help Workers, Go Back to Enriching Themselves
Atlanta Journal Constitution: Coca-Cola to reinvest tax savings in company, not employee bonuses
CNBC: Most of the tax cut windfall will boost buybacks and dividends, not workers’ pockets, survey predicts
New York Times: Are Corporate Tax Cuts Raising Pay? Yes, for Bosses
The Hill: Starbucks’s Schultz on tax law: ‘We are robbing from the future of young people’
CNN: Tax law to spark $450 billion buyout bonanza for Wall Street
Think Progress: After GOP tax bill passes, worker bonuses get headlines but the real money goes to stock buybacks
International Business Journal: Koch Brothers Could Be $1 Billion Richer Each Year From GOP Tax Bill
Washington Examiner: Paul Ryan gets massive donations from billionaires after helping pass tax reform: Report

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