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Most Americans Still Want To See Trump's Tax Returns

| by Ray Brown

President-elect Donald Trump claims Americans don't care about his tax returns, but a recent survey says they do.

During his first press conference since winning the 2016 presidential election, Trump was barraged with questions about his connections to Russia, including any business ties or investments within the country, and was asked if he'd release his tax returns to prove there is no conflict of interest.

"I’m not releasing the tax returns because, as you know, they’re under audit," Trump said on Jan. 11, according to a CNBC transcript.

Trump then claimed only the media wants to see his tax returns.

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"You know, the only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters, OK? They’re the only ones," he said. "I won; I mean, I became president. No, I don’t think they care at all. I don’t think they care at all. I think you care."

PolitiFact rated this claim as “false” and pointed to a Pew Research Center survey from Jan. 10, two months after his election, which found 60 percent of Americans believe he has a responsibility to release his tax returns to the public. Only 33 percent believe he does not.

Among Democrat-leaning voters, the belief that Trump should release his tax returns is even stronger: 79 percent to 17 percent.

But among Republicans, Trump has somewhat of a case. A majority of GOP voters -- 53 percent -- do not believe Trump has a responsibility to release his tax returns. But a significant 38 percent of Republican voters do want to see Trump's business dealings through his tax returns.

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Trump has repeatedly refused to release his tax returns, becoming the first major party nominee to not do so since President Gerald Ford in 1976 to not do so, according to PolitiFact. Ford released summary statements, rather than full tax returns for the years 1966-1974.

Sources: PolitiFact (2), CNBC, Pew Research / Photo credit: Ninian Reid/Flickr

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