Majority believe new IRS agents will be deployed to target low and middle income Americans, DC's political opponents: poll

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A new poll released on Tuesday has revealed that a majority of Americans believe the purpose of hiring 87,000 new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents would be either to audit middle and low income Americans, or to target opponents of the Biden administration and DC’s political opponents.

The poll, conducted by the Trafalgar Group for the Convention of States Action, asked 1,092 likely general election voters between August 19 and 23, “President Biden just signed the legislation allowing the IRS to hire 87,000 new employees. How do you believe those new employees will be used?”

Overall, 33 percent of likely voters said the purpose was to “audit middle class Americans and small businesses.” 31.6 percent said the purpose was to “audit wealthy Americans and large corporations,” while 15.9 percent said the purpose was to “target the political opponents of those in power.” 3.2 percent said the new hires would target cash, tip, and app paid workers, while 16.4 percent were “not sure.”

Split by political party, an overwhelming majority, 49.8 percent, of Democrats said the new hires would target wealthy Americans and large corporations. 14.8 percent said the new hires would target middle income Americans and small businesses, while 10.8 percent said the new hires would target political opponents.

A majority of Republicans, 50.6 percent, said the new hires would target middle income Americans and small business owners. 18.9 percent said the new hires would target political opponents, while 15.9 percent said the new hires would audit the wealthy.

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