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Raising taxes on the rich would help the economy

So says the latest poll taken by the Pew Research Center.  According to the poll:

By two-to-one (44% to 22%), the public says that raising taxes on incomes above $250,00o would help the economy rather than hurt it, while 24% say this would not make a difference. Moreover, an identical percentage (44%) says a tax increase on higher incomes would make the tax system more fair, while just 21% say it would make the system less fair.

Below is a chart of the results

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Liberals typically favor higher taxes for the wealthy, so 64% of democrats isn’t too surprising.  What’s interesting about the results, though, is that there is no clear consensus among republicans; only 41% say it would hurt the economy (that’s no clear majority).  Furthermore, only a third of republicans say that taxing the top income earners would make the system less fair.

Yet, conservatives in the House, united in their opposition to raising taxes on the wealthy, claim to be reflecting the wishes of their constituents.  So, are House republicans really saying that the quarter of republican voters who favor raising taxes on the wealthy, as well as the other quarter which says it wouldn’t hurt, are accurately represented in the House?!


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