GOP pollster says Republican candidates campaigned on parts of tax cut during midterms

GOP pollster Ed Goeas said Republican candidates in the midterm elections were able to capitalize on the popularity of certain parts of the party's tax-cut plan. 

"I disagree a little bit that we didn't campaign on the economy, that we didn't campaign on taxes," Goeas, the president and CEO of the Tarrance Group, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"One of the things that we understood on the public polling on taxes is that anytime you get towards a key vote, voters always turn negative against it, because it's the evil I know versus the evil I don't know, so it wasn't surprising that taxes turned upside down," he continued. 

"If you looked at specifically when we were able to talk to voters about what was in that tax bill, it did very well, and it was used in our campaigns," he said. 

Thirty-nine percent of Americans said they approved of the tax overhaul, while 46 percent said they disapproved, according to a Gallup survey published one month before the midterms. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE and Republicans said the tax cuts have contributed to economic growth, but Democrats say the plan only benefitted the wealthy and large corporations. 

The president himself chose to focus on immigration while campaigning instead of the economy as a means of energizing the GOP base. 

— Julia Manchester