N.C. has mixed feelings about the federal tax burden

In honor of yesterday being Tax Day, we happily announce that 46 percent of North Carolinians in our poll said they pay about the right amount of federal taxes.

That’s the good news. Unfortunately, 49 percent said they think they pay more than their fair share. Not surprisingly, only 3 percent said they think they pay less, perhaps because they thought we were going to send the IRS after them. (That last part is a joke, and we aren’t.)

Also not surprisingly, the more people make, the more often they said they pay too much. That sentiment peaks between the ages of 41-50, (61 percent) and then drops to 31 percent for the age group 65 and above, presumably because of the benefits of Social Security and Medicare.

Sixty percent of Republicans said they paid more than their fair share, compared with 47 percent of Independents and 43 percent of Democrats. Again, hardly surprising.

— John Robinson

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