The survey found that 44% thought the tax increase would help the economy, 22% thought it would be harmful, and 24% didn’t think it would make a difference. An identical percentage, 44%, said a tax hike on better-off Americans would make the tax system fairer, while 21% said it would make the system less fair.
There is a deep partisan divide over the proposal. Democrats, by a large margin, said the tax hike would boost the economy and make the tax system fairer. Republicans thought the opposite, though by smaller margins.
Since this has to be decided before Jan. 1st when all the Bush tax cuts disappear by law, it will be interesting when it gets Congressional attention. Odds are it won’t be until after the November election and will depend on who gets elected President.
- Poll Finds Americans See Ending Tax Cuts for Wealthy Beneficial – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Poll Finds Americans See Ending Tax Cuts for Wealthy Beneficial – Businessweek (businessweek.com)
- Pew Research Center: Obama Maintains “Significant” Lead Over Romney (themoderatevoice.com)
- The left’s gone left but the right’s gone nuts: Asymmetrical polarization in action (grist.org)
- Poll: Public says Obama tax plan more fair, helps economy (thehill.com)
- How Raising Taxes Can Be a Winning Issue for Obama (bloomberg.com)
- Why is it so hard to raise taxes on the rich? (salon.com)