Poll: Six in 10 Americans expect their taxes will increase in the next year

Despite the White House's repeated promises to keep taxes low for the middle class, 63 percent of Americans say they expect their taxes to increase in the next year, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. 

Only 4 percent expected their taxes to decrease while 30 percent expected no change. Answers to the question, last asked in 1994 after Republicans took over majorities in the House and Senate, were generally consistent across income levels but varied by political affiliation.  

In each income bracket, the majority of respondents expect their taxes to rise -- 74 percent of those making more than $75,000 a year, 64 percent making between $30,000 and $74,999 and 53 percent making $30,000 or less.

The Obama administration further cut income taxes for low- and middle-income families in the stimulus law passed in 2009 and is has plan to extend Bush-era middle class tax cuts in its fiscal 2011 budget. The Bush 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire at the end of the year. Tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year could be allowed to expire. 

Among political parties, 74 percent of Republicans expect their taxes to increase and 64 percent of independents while 49 percent of Democrats say they expect a tax increase. About 41 percent of Democrats expect no change, while 30 percent of independents and 20 percent of Republicans don't expect any changes. 

When the question was last asked 16 years ago, 35 percent expected their taxes to rise, 20 percent expected them to go down and 41 percent expected no change.