Do Americans want a new tax bill? Gallup polls say, no, but Congress is pushing to pass it anyway

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by, Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon, left, and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., speaks to a group of small business owners as Republicans work to pass their sweeping tax bill, a blend of generous tax cuts for businesses and more modest tax cuts for families and individuals, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. It would mark the first time in 31 years that Congress has overhauled the tax code, making it the biggest legislative achievement of President Donald Trump's first year in office. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by, Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon, left, and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., speaks to a group of small business owners as Republicans work to pass their sweeping tax bill, a blend of generous tax cuts for businesses and more modest tax cuts for families and individuals, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. It would mark the first time in 31 years that Congress has overhauled the tax code, making it the biggest legislative achievement of President Donald Trump's first year in office. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in U.S. opinion.

Here are this week’s topics.

More than four in 10 U.S. women say they, themselves have been the victim of sexual harassment, although many fewer say they have been sexually assaulted.

For the first time since Gallup began measuring Americans’ preferences about the gender of their boss, most Americans say that if they were working, their boss’ gender would make no difference to them.

Our data have shown for a long time that Americans have an underlying distrust of the news media, and that this is particularly high among Republicans. Since Donald Trump has been elected president, however, trust of the media has edged up, mainly because Democrats have become more positive, no doubt in reaction.

Americans do not prioritize tax reform as solving a major problem. Americans do not favor lowering corporate taxes, or in particular, do not favor lowering taxes on high income individuals. Thus, the challenge to Republican leaders in Congress is that they are passing legislation not particularly in sync with public opinion.

Listen to the audio above to hear the full conversation.

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