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Poll: Americans now prefer GOP over Dems on taxes, but tax bill still unpopular

Americans now say that Republicans are better equipped than Democrats to handle the economy and taxes, according to a new survey.

Thirty-five percent of respondents in a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll said that they prefer the GOP to handle the economy, while 28 percent said they prefer Democrats.

When the same question was asked in a December poll, Democrats led by 5 points.

Respondents also preferred Republicans over Democrats by a smaller, 2-point margin on the issue of taxes. Democrats led by 4 points on that question in December. The December survey was conducted just days before the GOP scored a major legislative victory in passing tax reform.

While respondents said the GOP is better equipped to handle taxes, the Republican tax reform bill is still seen as unfavorable by a plurality. While 27 percent of respondents said the bill is a “good idea” — 3 percent less than in January — 36 percent said it is a “bad idea.”

{mosads}More than half of Americans said the impact of the bill will be “more of a negative” because it will benefit the wealthy and corporations.

The survey also found that Americans prefer Republicans on protecting America on trade issues and reducing the federal deficit, but said Democrats would do a better job of addressing immigration, dealing with health care, reducing gun violence and “changing how things work in Washington.”

The widest margin in favor of Democrats was on the topic of “dealing with the issue of sexual harassment,” on which Democrats led by 20 points.

The poll was conducted April 8-11 among 900 adults and has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.

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