It’s a significant sign of support for Obama, because it’s different than the so-called “Buffett Rule” he pushed earlier this year — raising taxes to 30 per cent on incomes above $1 million. Most importantly, Independents support the measure by a net 23 points. Overall, voters think it will help the economy and make the tax system more “fair.”
Here’s a full breakdown from the Pew Research centre:
The findings are not surprising. On a usually touchy subject — tax increases — Americans have always supported raising taxes on people that are richer than themselves. In April, 60 per cent offered support for the so-called “Buffett Rule” in a Gallup poll.
As far back as 1985, a CBS/New York Times poll found that Americans thought “people who have more money than you” did not pay their fair share in taxes.
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