Poll: Majority of Americans Support Raising Taxes on Top Earners

In a clear sign of how Republicans are losing the messaging battle on taxes, 61% of registered voters favor raising taxes on those making $250,000 a year, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted Nov. 20-25.

More surprisingly, 44% of voters “strongly favor” raising taxes on the wealthy while only 24% “strongly oppose” raising taxes on the rich. 

The poll found “nearly 75% of Democrats, 63% of independents and nearly 40% of Republicans” support President Barack Obama’s plan to raise taxes on those in the top bracket. However, 46% of Republicans oppose the plan. 

Sixty-four percent of those making below $50,000 support raising taxes on the wealthy, while 57% of those making more than $100,000 a year oppose it. 

A majority of Americans (51% to 43%), though, opposed reducing the deductions people can claim on their tax returns, with 58% of those making more than $100,000 opposed. Fifty-four percent of college graduates, though, favor reducing deductions. 

When it came to potentially raising the age to qualify for Medicare benefits, 69% were opposed, including 71% of Democrats, 68% of Republicans, and 66% of indendepents. 


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