Poll: Two-thirds of Americans want taxes raised on the rich

By Andrew Jones
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 14:19 EDT
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For those labeling President Barack Obama’s recent comments about taxes “class warfare,” a majority of Americans may think differently.

At least two-thirds of Americans believe that high income earners should be taxed at a larger rate, according to a recent poll from Gallup about Obama’s jobs plan proposals.

Sixty-six percent of Americans told the polling firm that individuals making at least $200,000, or families bring home $250,000, should see an increase in taxes. There’s an even larger majority in favoring an elimination of tax deductions for corporations, with 70 percent of the public agreeing that wealthy corporations should pay higher taxes.

The survey also included some positive Republican feedback for President Obama’s plan. Fifty-three percent of GOP voters favoring deductions for corporations to be eliminated.

An additional 56 percent of GOP voters said additional funds should be provided to public employees and unemployment benefits should be extended.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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