RASMUSSEN: Most Americans Not Willing To Pay Higher Taxes For Public Employees, Entitlement Programs. By big margins: “The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Adults shows that only 19% would be willing to pay higher taxes to avoid layoffs of state employees. Sixty-nine percent (69%) say they would not be willing to pay more in taxes for this reason. Another 11% are undecided. Adults feel similarly when it comes to funding entitlement programs.”