Most Americans want Congress to reverse hiring of 87,000 IRS agents in Dems' spending bill, poll

The GOP-led House has already voted to repeal funding for the new agents.

Updated: January 19, 2023 - 3:29pm

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Three-fifths of likely U.S. voters said they want the new GOP-led House to "reverse the hiring of 87,000 new IRS agents," according to a poll released Thursday.

While 60.1% of likely general election voters said they want the House to reverse hiring tens-of-thousands of new IRS agents, 28% said they do not want the measure reversed while 11.9% were undecided, according to a Convention of States Action survey conducted in partnership with The Trafalgar Group.

The Republican-led House voted Jan. 9 to repeal funding included in the $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act for up to 87,000 new IRS agents. The bill has little chance of passing in the Democrat-controlled Senate or being signed into law by President Biden.

The survey, which had a margin of error of 2.9%, polled 1,079 likely General Election voters from Jan. 9-12, after the House repealed the funding.

The poll showed that Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to want the measure hiring new IRS agents to be reversed, 84.4% to 26.6%. 

"Given recent reports that the IRS is targeting low-income Americans, among the most vulnerable in our society, disproportionately, we know almost exactly how the Biden IRS plans to deploy 87,000 new agents," Convention of States President Mark Meckler said. "This data shows the public–regardless of party–is overwhelmingly supportive of the measure forwarded by the House of Representatives to get this reversed."