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Tax Poll Method
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The Associated Press poll on taxes is based on telephone interviews with 1,002 randomly selected adults from all states except Alaska and Hawaii. Interviews were conducted March 30-April 5 by ICR of Media, Pa.

The results were weighted to represent the population by key demographic factors such as age, sex, region and education.

In the polls, no more than one time in 20 should chance variations in the sample cause the results to vary by more than 3 percentage points from the answers that would be obtained if all Americans were polled.

This margin of sampling error is larger for responses of subgroups, such as income categories. There are other sources of potential error in polls, including the wording and order of questions.

The AP poll questions:

1. Do you do your income taxes or do you pay to have someone do them for you?

— Do own taxes, 38 percent

— Pay to have someone do them, 58 percent

— Don't know, 3 percent

— Refused, 1 percent

2. Are your tax returns being filed electronically, or online, to the Internal Revenue Service this year or not?

— Yes filed electronically, 32 percent

— No not filed electronically, 57 percent

— Don't know, 10 percent

— Refused, 1 percent

3. Would you worry about the security of your personal financial information if your tax returns were filed electronically or would you not be worried about the security of the information?

— Would worry, 36 percent

— Would not worry, 57 percent

— Don't know, 6 percent

— Refused, 1 percent

4. The Internal Revenue Service hopes to set up a system that should allow secure communications with taxpayers and allow them to get tax refunds within days. Would the promise of getting your tax refund within days make you more likely to file tax returns electronically, less likely or wouldn't it make a difference?

— More likely, 32 percent

— Less likely, 5 percent

— Wouldn't make a difference, 59 percent

— Don't know, 4 percent

5. Do you expect to get a tax refund this year or will you have to pay more money than the amount withheld from your paycheck?

— Get refund, 58 percent

— Have to pay, 23 percent

— Don't know, 16 percent

— Refused, 3 percent


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