Poll: 8 in 10 Americans Want Taxes Raised on Rich, Oppose Cuts to Social Spending

A new Bloomberg/Washington Post poll shows that most Americans--including Republicans--are in favor of taxing the rich. Broad spending cuts to social security and medicare are opposed, and a slim majority are in favor of military spending cuts.

In other words, the public is solidly behind a liberal, Democratic agenda for the economy right now. Will the media and the GOP get the message?

From the Washington Post's summary of the poll results:

Social Security and Medicare benefits cuts — when described as blanket reductions — are enormously unpopular across the political spectrum. At least-three quarters of Democrats, Republicans, liberals, conservatives, moderates and independents oppose cuts to either program. And while younger Americans are more supportive of cuts to both programs, fewer than a quarter of any age group supports such cuts. 

While the numbers among GOP voters are not as high, even a majority of them support raising taxes on the wealthy right now. And going further, even conservative Republicans are more in favor than against:

While eight in 10 Democrats and two-thirds of independents support raising taxes for Americans earning $250,000 or more, that drops to 53 percent among Republicans. Conservative Republicans split about evenly on the issue: 49 percent in support, and 46 percent opposed.

 

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at October 11, 2011, 3:40am