Poll of the day

Posted: 16 November 2014 in Uncategorized
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American voters, as it turns out, are not particularly moderate when it comes to taxes. In fact, they favor raising taxes on the rich, decreasing taxes on the poor, and providing more services benefiting the middle-class and poor.

That’s the result of a poll conducted by David Broockman and Douglas Ahler before the most recent midterm elections.

Brookman and Ahler presented voters with 5 options:

  1. “extreme” progressive option: establish a maximum annual income by taxing all income over $1 million at a 100 percent rate
  2. “extreme” progressive option that has some Senate support: raise taxes on those making over $250,000 by more than 5 percent
  3. “mainstream” Democratic position: up taxes about 5 percent on those making over $250,000
  4. “moderate” position: maintain current federal tax rates, i.e., the status quo
  5. “mainstream” Republican stance: cut taxes, even for high earners
  6. “extreme” position on the Right with some Senate support: move to a “flat” income tax and have everyone, rich and poor alike, pay taxes at the exact same rate
  7. “extreme” Right position: replace the income tax with a tax on consumption


As readers can see from the results, just over two thirds—67 percent—chose the three options that involve raising taxes on the rich. Only 22 percent chose any of the conservative tax options.

As Sam Pizzigati [ht: db] explains,

The combined support for the two “extreme” progressive positions — a 100 percent tax on income over $1 million and over a 5 percent tax increase for those making over $250,000 — more than doubled support for the two “extreme” conservative positions, by a 40 to 19 percent margin.

The public support Broockman and Ahler found for what would be, in effect, a “maximum wage” may rate as their survey’s most remarkable finding.

No prominent elected leader in America is currently banging the drums for a 100 percent tax rate on income over $1 million. Yet this option received more support — 13 percent of those surveyed back it — than the “flat tax,” a proposal prominent GOP national figures have been pushing for decades.

Americans overall, this new polling suggests, want a tax system that targets the concentration of income at America’s economic summit.

  1. Tim says:

    Very interesting! I thought that there has been a shift away from the belief in a maximum income following the decline of labor unions, but apparently support for it is still quite strong! A “remarkable find” indeed.

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