Skip to comments.POLL: A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT RAISING THE TOP TAX RATE TO 70 PERCENT
Posted on 01/15/2019 6:03:03 PM PST by TigerClaws
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and her Republican critics have both called her proposal to dramatically increase America's highest tax rate "radical" but a new poll released Tuesday indicates that a majority of Americans agrees with the idea.
In the latest The Hill-HarrisX survey conducted Jan. 12 and 13 after the newly elected congresswoman called for the U.S. to raise its highest tax rate to 70 percent a sizable majority of registered voters, 59 percent, supports the concept.
Ocasio-Cortez has not introduced any legislation to enact the concept but the survey shows a broad cross-section of Americans supports it, at least presently.
Women support the idea by a 62-38 percent margin. A majority of men back it as well, 55 percent to 45 percent. The proposal is popular in all regions of the country with a majority of Southerners backing it by a 57 to 43 percent margin. Rural voters back it as well, 56 percent to 44 percent.
Increasing the highest tax bracket to 70 percent garners a surprising amount of support among Republican voters. In the Hill-HarrisX poll, 45 percent of GOP voters say they favor it while 55 percent are opposed to it.
Independent voters who were contacted backed the tax idea by a 60 to 40 percent margin while Democratic ones favored it, 71 percent to 29 percent.
Ocasio-Cortez is among a group of progressive legislators which includes Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who have called for increasing federal income tax rates on wealthier Americans. The New York Democrat kicked off a debate within her party in a Jan. 6 interview with "60 Minutes" during which she said she would support setting the highest tax, which she said would kick in at individuals 10 millionth dollar of income, at 70 percent.
In her comments to the CBS show, Ocasio-Cortez referenced tax rates that had once been in place during the mid-20th century. During the 1950s and 60s, the wealthiest Americans were once taxed at a rate in excess of 90 percent.
"That doesn't mean all $10 million are taxed at an extremely high rate, but it means that as you climb up this ladder you should be contributing more," she said.
The proposal has been met with both criticism and acceptance within the Democratic party. Republicans and conservative commentators have been universally critical, some incorrectly implying that the congresswoman wants to tax all income of the richest Americans at 70 percent.
The latest Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among a demographically representative sample of registered voters and has a sampling margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.
Polls schmolls! This is news?!
I don’t believe these polls. What is the break down of polling subjects? I sufficient data.
No. Totally believable. The majority don’t think ‘they’ will pay this, and think “the rich” will. They won’t. All something like this does is punish those who are working hard to be upwardly mobile, and have a visible income to be taxed. We are so close to an American version of the Chinese cultural revolution. If things don’t start turning around, it will soon be time for people to start identifying an exit strategy to save their lives. Seriously.
Scummy politicians (but I repeat myself) have been stoking the flames of class warfare and racial division for decade upon decade - to divide and conquer. You can’t do that incessantly without it having a lasting negative effect on society. It’s really no different than what the Nazi’s did to spread hatred of the Jews. The consequences could be as dire. History is repeating itself in many ways.
As long as the Dems are the majority the GOP will continue to lose in these polls.
Another FAKE POLL made up by the Fake Stream News.
All they do is lie, lie and lie.
---There are too many jobs...
---Those jobs pay too much?
The Hill is in the tank for the Democrats that Socialists/Communists. They are not that different than the far Left Politico, Washington Post or NY Times.
This is a complete B.S. lie being pushed as news.
Notice you cannot even comment on the article.
Why is that?
Answer: Because the Hill does not want to be called out that this is fake poll and a fake news story. This is why they do not allow comments on this article. They just like to put out their B.S., and they do not want to be challenged.
More Fake Stream News lies. That is all they do lie, lie and lie.
Isnt it true that when the tax rate was 70%, there were many things that were deductible that are no longer tax deductible? I seem to remember a quote from none other than Donald Trump that he preferred the higher rate with all the deductions that were available. The result being that nobody actually paid the 70% rate and that the deductions actually helped the economy. No, I am not advocating going back to 70% tax rates, especially now that all the allowable deductions are gone.
Fake News...Fake Poll...Fake Results...
Thank you. There are several well-meaning folks on here that think they can tax Soros' "income". Soros' "income", is not income, it's capital gains. Now a "wealth tax" (which I would also oppose), would make him hurt...
It will allow both sides to enrich their coffers with excessive donations from those buying tax loop holes ... kind of like now but only worse. In addition, it will deplete the middle class of wealth and opportunity, and further complicate the tax laws.
Depression 2.0 here we come!
I believe it. So many Americans are all for sticking it to the rich guy. They never think about how hard that person worked for it. As long as they dont have to pay it then they are fine with it. When they get laid off work because their rich boss cant afford them because of taxes they still are not smart enough to figure it out. Thats what our commie leftist education system has produced, a bunch of greedy morons.
I support me getting to take all Bill Gates’ money. Doesn’t mean that’s good public policy.
There is no reason anyone should allow the government to steal 70% of their money, it would make more sense to hire an army to depose the government that tried to do that.
Heck, even The Colonel only kept 50% of Elvis’ pay.
And, Germany ‘only’ taxes at 48%.
Take Warren Buffet’s money, since the geezer supposedly supports this nonsense.
“Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that guy behind the tree.”
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