71% Think Presidential Candidates Should Release Their Tax Returns

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Washington, DC- Most Americans surveyed by Ipsos for this Center for Public Integrity survey do not trust either candidate, which is further evidence that 2016 is a battle of the least popular candidates. Regardless who wins the 2016 election, it is clear that neither candidate will enter office with much of a mandate or political capital energized by the electorate. As a result, the next president’s lame duck session may begin on January 20, 2017.

  • 71% of Americans believe the 2016 presidential candidates should release their 2015 tax returns.
  • Only 53% correctly noted that Hillary Clinton has released her 2015 tax returns, while 10% incorrectly assumed Donald Trump had also released his.
  • Of the public figures we surveyed about, a majority of Americans believed Obama was honest and transparent (52%).
    • 35% believe Hillary Clinton is honest, while only 26% agree that Donald Trump is honest.

The topline results are available for download on the right side of this page.

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted September 1-2, 2016. For the survey, a sample of 1,005 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. The poll has a credibility interval of ± 3.5 percentage points for all respondents and a credibility interval adjusted for design effect of the following (n=1,005, DEFF=1.5, adjusted Confidence Interval=5). Post-hoc weights were made to the population characteristics on gender, age, region, race/ethnicity and income.For more information about Ipsos online polling methodology, please go here: http://goo.gl/yJBkuf

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Chris Jackson
Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs

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71% Think Presidential Candidates Should Release Their Tax Returns

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Chris Jackson
Vice President, US
Ipsos Public Affairs