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Poll: 72 Percent of Americans, 58 Percent of Republicans Support Raising Taxes on the Wealthy

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell - trying to lower taxes for wealthy
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

The Republican Party isn’t going to like this but a new poll reveals that a whopping 72 percent of Americans, 58% of Republicans and 74% of working-class White Americans believe that taxes on the wealthy should go up, not down.



The new poll released this week by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) is a solid indictment of the GOP tax cut framework released by President Trump and Congressional Republicans this week that massively cuts the top tax bracket for the top 1% of Americans.

“A move to raise taxes on the rich sees bipartisan support, even among Republicans. Majorities of Democrats (83 percent), independents (73 percent), and Republicans (58 percent) express support.”

Trump and the GOP tout the massive giveaway to the rich as a tax cut for the middle class but most Americans say taxes on the wealthy should be increased, not reduced.

RELATED: What Trump, GOP Do Not Want You to Know About their New Tax Plan.

Poll results show that 58 percent of Republicans support tax hike while 42 percent oppose. For Independents and Democrats, the number is even higher. 73 percent of Independent voters and 83 percent of Democrats are in support while 26 percent of Independents and 15 percent of Democrats are opposed.






“More than seven in ten Americans favor (31 percent) or strongly favor (41 percent) increasing the tax rate on those earning more than $250,000 a year, while less than three in ten oppose (19 percent) or strongly oppose (8 percent) the measure,” PRRI said.

“A move to raise taxes on the rich sees bipartisan support, even among Republicans. Majorities of Democrats (83 percent), independents (73 percent), and Republicans (58 percent) express support.”

Most shocking part of the results is that an overwhelming number of working-class White Americans – 74 percent – support raising taxes on those earning more than $250,000.

“A higher tax rate on those earning more than $250,000 also sees overwhelming support among whites, regardless of class: 74 percent of white working-class Americans favor a tax hike on the rich, compared 69 percent of white college-educated Americans. Regardless of race or ethnicity, Americans are strongly in favor of higher taxes on the wealthy: Roughly seven in ten blacks (68 percent), Hispanics (74 percent), and whites overall (72 percent) support the change.”




“White evangelical Protestants — 81 percent of whom voted for Trump last November — express some of the lowest support for raising taxes on the rich of any major religious group. Less than two-thirds (63 percent) favor increasing the tax rate on the wealthy, while 37 percent oppose it,” according to PRRI.

SEE ALSO: Trump, GOP Tax Plan Gives Away $2 trillion to the Wealthy, Corporations – Raises Taxes for Poor Families.

“Most white mainline Protestants (71 percent), white Catholics (70 percent), black Protestants (66 percent), and Hispanic Catholics (71 percent) favor the move. The religiously unaffiliated express the highest support of any religious group at 81 percent,” PRRI stated.

 

 

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