However, the big difference between the two efforts is that far fewer Americans opposed the 1986 tax bill than oppose the proposals being debated today, 34 percent vs. 56 percent, respectively, Gallup says.
Of those polled, 64% believe that if passed, the tax plan would ultimately benefit the wealthy, while only 24% think the middle class would benefit and only 5% feel that the plan would favor low-income persons.
A Gallup poll completed on Friday and Saturday as the Senate rushed to pass its version of the bill found that 29% of American adults approved of the proposed plan.
The Republican tax plan is broadly unpopular in recent polls, with just 29% of USA adults saying they approved of it and 56% disapproving in a recent Gallup poll.
Among Republican respondents, 67 percent approve and 10 disapprove of the plan, while 6 percent of Democrats approve and 84 disapprove.
Fifty-two percent of registered voters - of whom 39 percent are Democrats - disapprove of how the Democratic Party is handling the same issues.
Tuesday, President Trump had lunch with Senate Republicans at the White House to discuss the recently Senate-passed tax overhaul bill.
If it does pass, it would be the most sweeping change to the USA tax system since the Reagan era.
"I view it as a tremendous bill for jobs and the middle class".
Of independents, 25 percent approved and 56 percent disapproved.
Forty-one percent of voters said they expect their taxes to go up under the GOP plan, 32 percent said they think it would not have much impact and 20 percent said they think it would reduce their taxes. "That's the harsh assessment of President Donald Trump, whose tax plan is considered built for the rich at the expense of the rest", said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
The poll, which surveyed more than 1,500 voters nationwide via phone from November 29 to December 4, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. Live interviewers called landlines and cell phones.