July 17, 2012

Pew Poll Confirms Americans Want Tax Fairness

It’s becoming an unavoidable fact that Americans are sick and tired of an unfair tax system that rewards the richest 2%, while sticking the middle class with the tab. According to a study released yesterday by the Pew Research Center, Americans agree by a 2-1 margin that scrapping the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2% will help improve the economy and create a fairer tax system.

Pew found that 44% of Americans say that a tax increase on higher incomes would make the tax system more fair, as opposed to 21% saying it would make the system less fair.

That’s a pretty big blow to conservative pundits and lawmakers who allege class warfare byresponsible elected officials attempting to create an equitable tax system that doesn’t include special tax breaks for the richest 2%.
That’s a very, very positive sign that champions of tax fairness have the people on their side, but it’s not even the most important part of the study:

On balance, those who know Obama supports higher taxes on incomes over $250,000, as well as those who do not, say it would have a positive impact on the economy and tax fairness. However, those unaware of Obama’s support of the proposal are more likely to say it would have no effect on the economy and tax fairness than are those who know Obama favors it.

There is a similar pattern in opinions among those who have heard a lot about the debate and those who have heard less about it. Overall, 35% say they have heard a lot about the debate over raising taxes on incomes over $250,000, 39% have heard a little, while 26% have heard nothing at all.

The message from this poll should be clear: it tells us is that when people learn about the proposals, and they hear more about it, they are significantly more likely to be in favor of the President’s plan for tax fairness. That means that we need to get out there and do our very best to educate our friends, families, neighbors, and aunts, uncles and brothers- and sisters-in-laws about the importance of making our tax code more fair. Today we confirmed that when we tell the truth and talk to people about raising taxes on the richest 2%, we win.

So let’s get out there and spread the word.