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Majority of Americans want Romney to release more tax returns: poll


09:55, July 20, 2012

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Xinhua) -- A majority of Americans want presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release additional tax returns, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released Thursday.

In the poll on a random sample of 539 adults, 54 percent said that Romney should do so, against 37 percent who said he should not.

The issue of releasing more tax returns by former Massachusetts governor Romney, also a former successful businessman, has become a hot topic, as the campaign of incumbent president Barack Obama urged him to do so.

Romney, who has released his 2010 tax return and has promised to release his full 2011 tax return, has balked at the idea that he release more tax returns from previous years.

Romney's income was 21.7 million U.S. dollars in 2010, with his personal wealth being estimated to be between 85 million and 264 million dollars. The Obama campaign tries to discredit Romney as a presidential candidate, describing him as a rich businessman who is out of touch with common citizens.

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