Forty-four percent of voters expect their taxes to increase under the current administration, according to a Rasmussen survey released Sunday. The figure has risen since the beginning of President Obama's term, when it was at 31 percent. It was recorded at 48 percent at its peak.

Anticipation of a tax hike is higher among mainstream voters than it is within the political class, of which forty-eight percent believe taxes are good for the economy. 

In general, voters increasingly see taxes as an important political issue, trusting Republicans over Democrats 52 to 36 percent.

Rasmussen figures show that Republicans have likely voters' trust on nine out of ten key political issues, including the economy, national security and healthcare. Democrats have led the GOP on government ethics since January, when the two parties were tied. Some speculate that the charges against Reps. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) may threaten Democrats' polling advantage on the issue. 

The survey out Sunday polled 1,000 likely voters on July 26 and 27.