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Voter Poll Shows Strong Support for Fair and Equitable Public Policies

The findings from Independent Sector, a membership organization of people working in philanthropy, also support expanding charitable deductions for all taxpayers
January 26, 2022 1 Min Read

​​​​​​​Nearly eight in 10 voters in a new poll said it was important that public policy solutions were fair (86 percent), proportionate (86 percent) or equitable (80 percent). Additionally, framing such policies as “fair” tested highest across all political affiliations.

These and other results come from the poll conducted in early December by TargetPoint Consulting on behalf of Independent Sector, a membership organization of made up of representatives from nonprofits, foundations and corporate giving programs. The poll surveyed 1,094 registered voters nationwide. Other notable findings include:

  • A large majority (88 percent) expressed support for making the universal charitable deduction permanent for all taxpayers. The $300 individual/$600 joint deduction for taxpayers, whether they itemize their deductions or not, was instituted as part of the 2020 CARES Act pandemic relief bill and updated for 2021.
  • Many of the voters polled (72 percent) believe the federal government could better serve communities if charities and nonprofits were represented in the administration. 
  • Nearly nine in 10 voters (87 percent) support local charities educating policymakers and businesses about their communities.

Read more about the survey and its results at Independent Sector’s website.

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