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Interestingly, support for the federal department tasked with tax collection is higher than that of the system as a whole. Of those surveyed, 49 percent had a favorable view of the IRS, while 48 percent had an unfavorable view.

Again, a majority of Democrats had a positive view of the agency. Of those surveyed, 56 percent of Democrats saw it favorably, versus 42 percent of Republicans and 46 percent of Independents.

There was one area of consensus, however. A whopping 85 percent of adults surveyed said they approve of taxpayers doing whatever they can within the law to lower their tax burden. That included nine out of every 10 Republicans, along with 83 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of Independents.