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Poll: Majority of voters say NYT Trump tax report makes no difference in voter preference

A majority of voters say the New York Times report on President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE's taxes makes no difference in whether or not they will vote for him, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

A report of the Times' analysis of Trump's tax documents released late last month revealed that the president had paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. Furthermore, the report said that Trump did not pay income tax for 10 of 15 years leading up to the 2016 election. 

A second report released by the Times on Oct. 10 said that Trump's tax records showed that nearly 200 entities funneled millions of dollars into the president's properties while reaping benefits from the administration. 

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted before the second analysis by the Times was released from Oct. 3-6. 

Fifty-one percent of registered voters in the survey said the Times report makes no difference in their voter preference.

Thirty-three percent said it makes them less likely to vote for Trump while 16 percent said it makes them more likely to vote for him.

The survey asked respondents about Trump's response to the report as well. When asked about the report at a press conference just hours after the report was released, the president called the analysis "fake news" adding that it was "totally fake." 

The Trump team has also explained the report, telling the media that as a business man, Trump took risks to create new businesses and suffered losses as a result of those risks. He was then able to deduct them from his taxes over the span of years. 

Fifty-four percent of respondents said that the administration's response makes no difference in how they will vote in November.

The survey found 75 percent of voters have heard about the paper's reporting on Trump's taxes.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 2,841 registered voters from Oct. 3-6. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.84 percentage points. 

Gabriela Schulte