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Most Voters Say Trump Should Release Tax Returns: Poll

| by Ray Brown
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Most Americans, including a majority of Republicans, want to see presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's tax returns, according to a new poll. But the real estate billionaire still doesn't appear to be willing to release them.

"This is an issue the media is interested in,” Trump aide Paul Manafort recently told CNN about the tax returns, the Morning Consult reports. "This isn't an issue that middle America is interested in."

But that doesn't seem to be the case.

According to a new Morning Consult poll, 67 percent of American voters overall and 60 percent of Republicans believe presidential candidates should have to disclose their returns. Only one in five voters, or 21 percent, said they don’t think releasing financial documents should be required to run for the nation's highest office.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has attacked Trump for his refusal to release his tax returns.

"Trump’s turned refusing to release his taxes into an art form," Justin Barasky, a spokesman for Priorities USA, the main super PAC supporting Clinton’s campaign, wrote in a recent email.

"That's what you get from a con-man like Donald Trump."

Clinton, who is still battling Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont for the Democratic nomination, has her own disclosure problems as well. After months of being asked, the former Secretary of State has continually refused to release the transcripts for the highly-paid speeches she gave to Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs.

Clinton has said she would release them once her opponents released their paid speeches as well.

Meanwhile, Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, recently told CBS "there's nothing to learn" from the Republican candidate's tax returns.

Along with the ongoing FBI investigation over Clinton's email scandal and Trump's controversial statements about women and minorities, both candidates have unfavorability ratings of about 57 percent, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC poll.

“Never in the history of the Post-ABC poll have the two major party nominees been viewed as harshly as Clinton and Trump,” the Washington Post reported.

Sources: Morning Consult, CBS, Washington Post / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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