Vast Majority of Americans: Presidential Candidates Should Release Tax Returns, Trump Included

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: May 25, 2016 12:00 PM
Vast Majority of Americans: Presidential Candidates Should Release Tax Returns, Trump Included

As things between GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump and Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton continue to get heated on the campaign trail, the issue of Trump's hidden tax returns isn't going away. 

For months Trump has maintained he cannot release his tax returns because he's being audited by the IRS. He said he will release them once the audits are over. A timeline for when that will be hasn't been specified. The IRS has publicly stated there are no rules or regulations preventing Trump from releasing his tax returns while under audit. In fact, former President Richard Nixon released his tax returns int he middle of the Watergate scandal and while under audit. Hillary Clinton has years of tax returns posted on her campaign website. 

But a new Morning Consult poll shows Americans aren't buying Trump's excuses and believe all presidential candidates should release their returns. 

Donald Trump’s campaign claims his federal tax returns are not of interest to American voters, but that’s actually not true, according to a new Morning Consult poll.

“This is an issue the media is interested in. This isn’t an issue that middle America is interested in,” Trump aide Paul Manafort said on CNN’s “State of the Union” earlier this month.

But a new national survey by Morning Consult of 2,001 registered voters found that 67 percent – and 60 percent of Republicans – think presidential candidates should have to disclose their returns. Just one in five voters (21 percent) said they don’t think the financial documents should have to be released.  

Last week Trump was on ABC explaining why he's waiting to release his returns: