Estate Tax Polling Data

Charts and Graphs illustrating public opinion on the Estate Tax.

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Public Attitudes on the Estate Tax

A summary of findings from a national poll of 1,000 likely voters.(1)

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Estate Tax Briefings

A successful nonprofit briefing on the estate tax was held on June 6. A press briefing to release the results of a nationwide poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research will be held Wednesday, June 12.

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House Passes Permanent Repeal of the Estate Tax (Again)

The House wanted its vote on Thurs. June 6th on permanent repeal of the estate tax (H.R. 2143) to send a signal to the Senate showing widening support for repeal. The vote did send a signal, though not the one the House had intended.

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AFL-CIO Letter to House Members

The AFL-CIO sent this letter to all House members on June 5, 2002, urging them to vote "No" on H.R. 2143, which calls for permanent repeal of the estate tax.

The letter encourages Congress to "delay the implementation of any new tax cut, including those which have already been enacted but not yet implemented, until our domestic priorities are met and Social Security and Medicare are fully protected."

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House Passes Permanent Estate Tax Repeal

The House wanted its vote yesterday on permanent repeal of the
estate tax (H.R. 2143) to send a signal to the Senate showing
widening support for repeal. The vote did send a signal, though not the
one the House had intended.

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Taxpayers for Common Sense Letter to House Members

Taxpayers for Common Sensesent this letter to all House members on June 5, 2002, urging them to vote "No" on H.R. 2143 for permanent repeal of the estate tax.

The letter argues that, "The nation cannot afford this legislation at this time. Even if the lost revenues could be offset, the long-term revenue losses will cause significant future economic problems, all in the name of assisting a very small number of wealthy families to escape inheritance tax liability."

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"House Backs Permanent End to Estate Tax"

Carl Hulse in the New York Times, June 7, 2002

This NYT article highlights the politics underlying the June 6 House passage of permanent estate tax repeal in a 256-171 vote -- House Republican leaders hope to use the vote and the upcoming November elections to pressure Senators to pass permanent repeal in a vote expected by June 28. The House vote, however, reveals not more, but less support for permanent repeal as compared with its previous vote to make estate tax repeal permanent in April 2001 (H.R. 8, which passed, 274-154).

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Transport Workers Union Letter to House Members

The Transport Workers Union sent this letter to all House members on June 5, 2002, urging them to vote "No" on H.R. 2143 for permanent repeal of the estate tax.

The letter notes that, "In every other war in American history taxes have been raised to defray the costs of the war. During World War I wealthy Americans asked to have their taxes raised so they could participate in the war effort and do their share."

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American's for A Fair Estate Tax - Letter to Senators

Americans for a Fair Estate Tax
1742 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009
TEL: (202) 234-8494 &nbsp FAX: (202) 234-8584 &nbsp www.fairestatetax.org

June 6, 2002

Dear Senator __________:

Sometime this month, under a previous unanimous consent agreement, the Senate will take up legislation to determine the fate of the federal estate tax. During the debate, Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX) will offer an amendment to permanently repeal the federal estate tax. We strongly urge you to vote “No” on the Gramm amendment.

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