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DOLE TAX PLAN FAILS TO MARSHAL TAXPAYING VOTERS, POLL SHOWS

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Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole's tax plan hasn't struck a chord with voters, a poll by Money Magazine and ABC News showed.

The poll found 36 percent of voters said the tax proposal makes them less likely to vote for Dole in November. About 25 percent of voters surveyed said the plan makes them more likely to vote for him while 28 percent said the proposal didn't affect their plans.The centerpiece of Dole's campaign is an across-the-board tax cut for every taxpayer. It would reduce the annual taxes for a family of four with an income of $30,000 by more than $1,200.

The survey showed the plan had the least impact on those voters it is intended to appeal to most - the middle class. Only 21 percent of those making $25,000 to $39,000 said the plan increased their chance of voting for Dole while 45 percent said they were less likely to vote for him.

The proposal sounds best when Dole is preaching to the choir. The poll found 45 percent of self-described Republicans said they were more likely to vote for Dole because of the plan, compared with 15 percent who said they were less likely.

The plan largely fell on deaf ears with Democrats, with 12 percent saying they were more likely to vote for Dole because of the plan and 58 percent saying they were less likely. Among independent, 18 percent said the plan made the former Kansas senator more appealing while 33 percent said it made him less so.

The poll of 486 voters was conducted directly before and after the Republican convention. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.