Class differences: survey on tax payments of different income groups in the United States

This statistic shows the results of a 2012 survey among American adults on income groups and their respective share in taxes. In 2012, 50 percent of respondents said they consider the tax payments of the middle-income class fair, 34 percent thought the tax payments of the lower class were fair and 26 percent thought the upper income group was paying its fair share in taxes.

What do you think, which income group is paying too little, too much or their fair share in taxes?

Too littleFair share Too much
Upper income58%26%8%
Middle income6%50%38%
Lower income20%34%37%
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Release date

August 2012


United States

Survey time period

July 16-26, 2012

Number of respondents

2,508 respondents

Age group

8-19 years

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Percentages may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.
The source does not provide the original question, the wording here may therefore differ slightly.

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