Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Americans Want Higher Taxes on the Rich

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump is taking a trip to Pennsylvania today where he will lie his ass off a group of truckers by claiming the GOP's massive package of tax cuts for the rich will benefit them, but based on these poll results there's a good chance not everyone in the crowd will be pleased.

A new Reuters/Iposos poll found that 76 percent of Americans agree that we should raise taxes on the rich.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5 found that 53 percent of adults “strongly agree” that the wealthiest Americans should pay higher tax rates.

An additional 23 percent “somewhat agree” the wealthiest should pay higher tax rates, according to the poll of 1,504 people, which had a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of plus or minus 6 percentage points.

Even with a margin of error of 6 percent, 70 percent of Americans agreeing that we should raise taxes on the rich is significant. There aren't very many issues in America this many people can agree on.

Rather than tell truckers that his tax cuts for the rich will help them, Trump should start a frank discussion about a possible future in which there will be no more truckers because the trucks have been automated. Wall Street investors are actually betting that companies will use Trump's tax cuts to invest in automation.

  • ninjaf

    Are you listening, DNC? This is what you need to be running on. In every race. Leave no election uncontested. Yes, it is expensive. But the base is fired up and looking for somewhere to place their energy (literally and figuratively, via contributions). So, do it. It won’t be easy. And it won’t be cheap. But it will be good in the long run. And this is a message that appears to resonate across the political spectrum.

  • Badgerite

    There is a great article in the Atlantic by Yoni Applebaum entitled Is the American Idea Doomed. This is a thoughtful read and a disturbing one as it shows how Americans, left and right, and especially the young are losing their commitment to the central elements of the American idea as defined by the founders of the Atlantic magazine in 1857. A list which includes Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. They defined the American idea as being “comprised of three elements: that all people are created equal, that all possess unalienable rights, and that all should have the opportunity to develop and enjoy those rights.” And that “securing them required a government ‘of the people, by the people, for the people.” These ideas used to embody the idea of America.
    “Now though, the idea they articulated is in doubt. America no longer serves as model for the world as it once did; its influence is receding. At home, critics on the left reject the notion that the U.S. has a special role to play; on the right, nationalists push to define American identity around culture, not principles.” ( see “blood and soil” and “America first”).
    “Is the America idea obsolete?”
    What this article point to is something Ronald Reagan noted decades ago and that is that democracy and representative government are only one generation away from extinction. It is time for this country to take that statement seriously and start acting as if our institutions, ( see status quo) matter. And that this generation in power is willing to give back to the next a healthy, thriving economy with opportunity for all as the idea of economic prosperity has always been associated with equal participation in one of the richest countries in the world. If they do not, there will be a loss of faith of the next generation in the basic institutions and ideas of democracy. It is already happening. And tax cuts for the ultra rich that funnels all benefit and opportunity to a few at the expense of everyone else and especially the next generation will further this process of disillusionment. This article points up exactly what is happening right now in America and Europe. And it has a lot to do with the prospect of prosperity and economic opportunity promised to the young being reneged on by the people in power over the last two decades at least. The GOP and their “supply side”/” voodoo economics” (see austerity) are literally killing the idea of representative government around the world.

  • Aynwrong

    Couldn’t help myself.

  • Badgerite

    It doesn’t get much more greedy than being unwilling to invest company money in automation and instead relying on money that should go to public coffers being filtered in to corporate pockets to fund it.