For Democrats and Liberals, Failure to Get a Tax Increase on People Earning $250,000 or More May be a Deal Breaker. On the topic of taxing the rich, Democrats seem to enjoy an enthusiasm gap over Republicans. Four-in-five Democrats (80%) and liberals (84%) favor increasing taxes on families making over $250,000 per year. Only 8% of Democrats and 4% of liberals oppose taxing high income Americans, according to the latest Economist/YouGov Poll (Week of 2/11/2012).
By contrast, among Republicans 34% favor and 52% oppose; among conservatives, the same (34% favor, 52% oppose).
For Democrats, failure to push for higher taxes on high-income families is a deal breaker. For Republicans, defense against raising taxes on the highest income Americans is just not that big a deal, and many support the idea. On the side of Democrats, most Independents (61%) and moderates (72%) also favor the proposal.
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