Club for Growth Polling: Americans Overwhelmingly Want Lame Duck Congress to Pass Penny Plan and Tax Cuts


Today, Club for Growth released a poll that shows voters overwhelmingly support Congress passing pro-growth policies during the lame duck session, which includes making tax cuts for working families and individuals permanent and passing the “Penny Plan” to reduce the deficit.  Sponsored by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), the Penny Plan cuts federal spending by just one percent every year until the budget balances.  For more information about his plan, click here.  Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) has introduced companion legislation in the House.

The results of the polling are included below.  A memo of the results can be found here.  Upon release of the poll, Club for Growth President David McIntosh offered the following statement:

“Americans of all stripes have long supported policies to get our nation’s fiscal house in order.  In the remaining days that Republicans have in control of Congress, they should not delay and should make the tax cuts permanent for individuals.  And to eliminate deficits and reach a balanced budget, Congress should also pass the Penny Plan.  Republicans have one final opportunity in the lame duck session to give Americans lasting financial relief while simultaneously putting our nation on a course of fiscal solvency.  Republicans should not squander this final opportunity to do what’s right for the American people.  And the good news is, Americans overwhelmingly support them in this effort.”

Americans Want Congress to Make Tax Cuts Permanent

  • Nearly three-in-five (59%) voters say they would support making the tax cuts for individuals and working families permanent during the lame duck.

  • An overwhelming majority (75%) of Republicans and a majority (55%) of Independents support making the tax cuts permanent. Even a plurality (47%) of Democrats support making the cuts for individuals and working families permanent during the lame duck.

Americans Want to See Congress Pass the Penny Plan

  • Nearly seven-in-ten (68%) voters say they would support passing the Penny Plan during the lame duck.

  • The Penny Plan enjoys broad bipartisan support with three-quarters (76%) of Republicans, 68% of Independents, and 63% of Democrats support passing it during the lame duck Congress.

The survey was conducted for Club for Growth by WPA Intelligence.  WPAi conducted a national online study of actual voters in the 2018 general election.  Data was collected from n = 2,001 actual voters from November 12-15, 2018, and the margin of error is ±2.2%.