65% support raising taxes on >$250000/yr earners

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    Dec 06, 2012 1:24 PM GMT
    Ask them specific questions, and people show their "socialist" tendencies.

    http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-centers/polling-institute/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=1821By a huge 67 - 23 percent margin, voters oppose eliminating the home mortgage interest deduction, but strongly favor, 62 - 28 percent, limiting the deduction to the first $500,000 of mortgage debt. By 56 - 35 percent, voters favor eliminating that deduction for second homes.

    Voters 65 - 31 percent support higher taxes on households making more than $250,000 per year, with 84 - 14 percent support from Democrats and 66 - 31 percent support from independent voters. Republicans are opposed 53 - 41 percent.
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    Voter opinions on issues on the bargaining table:

    47 - 40 percent support raising the tax on capital gains;
    70 - 25 percent oppose cutting Medicaid spending;
    51 - 44 percent oppose gradually raising the age for Medicare eligibility;
    55 - 41 percent oppose cuts in military spending;
    66 percent believe the best way to reduce the deficit is a combination of tax increases and spending cuts.
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    Abolish the Electoral College in favor of direct popular vote for president, American voters say 60 - 29 percent. Republican, Democrats and independent voters all support the idea by wide margins.

    It's a bad idea to sign a no-tax pledge, voters say 85 - 10 percent, including 77 - 15 percent among Republicans.

  • KissTheSky

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    Dec 07, 2012 3:19 AM GMT
    I'm still baffled as to why the GOP has made coddling billionaires their main issue. The billionaires will be just fine, whether or not taxes go up slightly.
    Republicans are learning the hard way that ignoring public opinion in a democracy leads to many years of lost elections.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Dec 08, 2012 3:36 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 said65% support raising taxes on >$250000/yr earners.





    Of course they do. People love spending OTHER people's money.
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    Dec 08, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    Of course they do. People love spending OTHER people's money.

    That's a fact.

    It's why Romney didn't put his own money behind his campaign.

    It's why Republicans don't mind the cost of any war as long as someone else pays for it.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 08, 2012 3:55 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidAsk them specific questions, and people show their "socialist" tendencies.

    http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-centers/polling-institute/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=1821By a huge 67 - 23 percent margin, voters oppose eliminating the home mortgage interest deduction, but strongly favor, 62 - 28 percent, limiting the deduction to the first $500,000 of mortgage debt. By 56 - 35 percent, voters favor eliminating that deduction for second homes.

    Voters 65 - 31 percent support higher taxes on households making more than $250,000 per year, with 84 - 14 percent support from Democrats and 66 - 31 percent support from independent voters. Republicans are opposed 53 - 41 percent.
    ...
    Voter opinions on issues on the bargaining table:

    47 - 40 percent support raising the tax on capital gains;
    70 - 25 percent oppose cutting Medicaid spending;
    51 - 44 percent oppose gradually raising the age for Medicare eligibility;
    55 - 41 percent oppose cuts in military spending;
    66 percent believe the best way to reduce the deficit is a combination of tax increases and spending cuts.
    ..
    Abolish the Electoral College in favor of direct popular vote for president, American voters say 60 - 29 percent. Republican, Democrats and independent voters all support the idea by wide margins.

    It's a bad idea to sign a no-tax pledge, voters say 85 - 10 percent, including 77 - 15 percent among Republicans.

    65% of how many people polledicon_question.gif Don't get me wrong, I am all in favor of ending those horrendous Bush tax cuts for the very wealthy. But at the same token, lets be careful about making conclusions about the majority of Americans favoring higher taxes for the wealthiest. What areas of the country were polled and was the polling evenly distributed among urban, suburban, and rural small town areas.
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    Dec 08, 2012 3:58 PM GMT
    "Republicans are learning the hard way that ignoring public opinion in a democracy leads to many years of lost elections. "

    Even more truth.

    Voters are not buying into the faith-based magical thinking Republicans have been selling.

    They tell us that if we let them guide our personal lives, in exchange they will give us a stronger economy.

    We stopped believing in their opinions and now we want ours heard.
  • StevieB0402

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    Dec 12, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    It's important to consider the fact that taxing $250K+ and removing mortgage interest deductions above $500K does not take into account that in many areas of this country housing is extremely expensive and $500K may only buy a 1000 sq. ft. condo. Moreover, the cost of living coupled with federal, state, and city taxes in these areas can render $250K as nothing more than a slightly above middle class existence. Recently on Morning Joe; the panel agreed that an increase in taxes on the top tier from 35% to 37%, plus a capital gains increase to 20%, would result in billions in revenue, but in fairness the top bracket should begin at $500K and there needs to be massive spending cuts to justify the outcome. As a Libertarian; I favor cuts on everything from welfare and food stamps to defense and abolishing homeland security. I also favor removing the cap on Social Security and Medicare. The middle class pays that tax on 100% of their earnings, why shouldn't the wealthy?

    When we talk about deductions, both personal and business, the underlying concern from the average voter is whether or not the deduction is protecting luxurious or extravagant expenses (which I concede are subject to personal interpretation). The second home deduction is a prime example. If you can afford a summer home, vacation home, etc., rock on. But by what logic does this entitle you to a tax break? It should also be noted that many second homes are classified as "corporate retreats" and therefore fall under a business tax deduction.

    The flip side to the issue is that wealthy, entrepreneurial Americans will always be able to find a way around harsh tax codes, including moving their money and businesses. What will this do to America? Money goes where it's treated well and if that isn't here, money has the power to relocate. In my very small businesses, I offer a retirement plan and the company matches up to the 3% limit allowed by the federal government. I'd like to match up to 5%, but I'd have to purchase a far more expensive retirement plan. The government has limited how much I free money I can give to my employees as a small businessman. How is that helping the middle class? My employees get holiday and birthday bonuses. Why shouldn't I be able to write that off my taxes? If I had to pay taxes of, say, 33% on a $1000 bonus per employee, then I would actually be paying $1330. So bonuses would shrink or go away. How is that helping the middle class?
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    Dec 12, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    GeorgeLifts saidOf course they do. People love spending OTHER people's money.

    That's a fact.

    It's why Romney didn't put his own money behind his campaign.

    It's why Republicans don't mind the cost of any war as long as someone else pays for it.

    Not only do they put wars on credit cards that they expect democrats to pay for, but they also never expect their own children to join the military and fight in. Just how many Romney, McDonnell, Bush and Bohner children have seen time in Iraq and Afghanistan?
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    Dec 12, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-12/obama-wins-almost-50-republicans-on-tax-mandate-in-poll.html
  • StevieB0402

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    Dec 13, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    smartmoney said
    GeorgeLifts saidOf course they do. People love spending OTHER people's money.

    That's a fact.

    It's why Romney didn't put his own money behind his campaign.

    It's why Republicans don't mind the cost of any war as long as someone else pays for it.

    Not only do they put wars on credit cards that they expect democrats to pay for, but they also never expect their own children to join the military and fight in. Just how many Romney, McDonnell, Bush and Bohner children have seen time in Iraq and Afghanistan?


    None..... and according to them, John Kerry's military accolades were "questionable". At least he showed up.