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Marist Poll: Fight Deficits By Taxing Rich

A typically skewed ‘push poll’ from the Marist Institute, via McClatchy:

Poll: Best way to fight deficits: Raise taxes on the rich

Steven Thomma | McClatchy Newspapers

April 19, 2011

WASHINGTON — Alarmed by rising national debt and increasingly downbeat about their country’s course, Americans are clear about how they want to attack the government’s runway budget deficits: raise taxes on the wealthy and keep hands off of Medicare and Medicaid.

How odd. That is exactly what Mr. Obama wants, too. What a coincidence, huh?

At the same time, they say that the government should not raise the legal debt ceiling, which the government must do soon to borrow more money, despite warnings that failing to do so would force the government into default, credit markets into turmoil and the economy into a tailspin

Which only shows that the media still has some work to do on the ‘debt ceiling’ debate. But don’t worry. Give the media some more time and these numbers will shape up, too.

On tackling the deficit, voters by a margin of 2-to-1 support raising taxes on incomes above $250,000, with 64 percent in favor and 33 percent opposed.

Who doesn’t like to buy things with other people’s money?

Independents supported higher taxes on the wealthy by 63-34 percent; Democrats by 83-15 percent; and Republicans opposed by 43-54 percent.

Support for higher taxes rose by 5 percentage points after Obama called for that as one element of his deficit-reduction strategy last week. Opposition dropped by 6 points. The poll was conducted before and after the speech

Because Mr. Obama is such a convincing speaker.

Americans clearly don’t want the government to cut Medicare, the government health program for the elderly, or Medicaid, the program for the poor

How many Americans realize that Mr. Obama is already cutting Medicare? How many realize that if Medicare is not reformed, it will simply run out of money and will cease to exist?

And whose fault is it that most Americans do not know any of these basic facts? (Hint: the news media’s.)

Voters oppose cuts to those programs by 80-18 percent. Even among conservatives, only 29 percent supported cuts, and 68 percent opposed them

How many of these respondents even know what cuts are being proposed? And that most of the cuts will actually fall on the so-called rich? Which, you would think, would make the respondents happy, given their other class-warfare positions.

Underlying it all, Americans are in a pessimistic mood. Fewer than one in three — 32 percent of registered voters — think the country’s headed in the right direction, while 63 percent think it’s headed in the wrong direction.

Among all adults, including non-voters, the tally is 31-64 percent, the poorest since November 2007 at the onset of the Great Recession.

"We’re going through a period of partisan bickering in Washington, lots of posturing and an economy that has not taken hold the way people want," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College in New York, which conducted the poll…

You see? It’s the partisan bickering that is to blame. Not Mr. Obama’s failures.

Like every president, Obama is a lightning rod for public sentiments.

"I think he’s doing the best he can with very little help," said Lynn King, a retired public school teacher in the town of Pelzer, S. C. "He needs a chance to develop his programs."

Absolutely. We have only been following spending like a drunken sailor since the Democrats took control of Congress is 2007. We have to give this approach to a little more time.

By the way, according to the data sheet (a pdf file) for this Maris poll, the respondents were:

Democrat       35%
Republican      27%
Independent   36%
Other              2%

Which is to say, the pollsters oversampled the Democrat and ‘Independents’ (who are really just Democrats) — just like they always do.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Marist Poll: Fight Deficits By Taxing Rich”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    This wouldn’t be relevant if weak-spined RINOs and other pundits like the chumps at HA weren’t fooled into accepting premises put out there by fraud pollsters pushing the agenda of those our opponents.

    In trying to determine “the right thing to do” these rubes would rather trust the conventional wisdom of a junk science that’s used only to shape opinion, than the clear message sent by the largest electoral shellacking in 60 years.

    The American people aren’t caught between a state of wanting Govt services but not wanting to pay for them, you blind bats. Half of the country is completely dependent on government and don’t care one iota about the future of their country because of it, thanks to the Democrat Party; while the other half is left paying the tab they can’t afford anymore with the Democrat Party about to demand even more, probably to mutable resistance at this rate.

    Don’t want to listen to one Republican talk about shared sacrifice whatsoever unless they’re telling us about all the bloated and redundant expenditures government is going to do without.

  2. heykev says:

    Is that Marist Poll or Marxist Poll?

    Same difference

    I’m with you tn – I “Don’t want to listen to one Republican talk about shared sacrifice whatsoever unless they’re telling us about all the bloated and redundant expenditures government is going to do without.”

    I want to be able to read about all the former government workers now on unemployment. And not have that section being the only place to find a job.

  3. seandougsnyder says:

    I’ve stopped being suprised at the polling sample. Just like talk radio is heavily conservative because the audience is all made up of people on their way to or from working an actual job, polls are all filled with people who don’t have the burden of working for their paycheck.

  4. Right of the People says:

    I find it very hard to believe polls still carry this much weight. It’s easy to get the answers you want as long as you ask the correct group. If you want to ban guns, poll the lefties and call up Handgun Control. If you want to raise taxes, poll the welfare bunnies. Anybody with an elementary school education should be able to see through this bovine excrement.

    My God the people of this country have become nothing but a flock of quivering sheep!

  5. GetBackJack says:

    1. A member of the Society of Mary, a Roman Catholic missionary and teaching congregation.
    2. A member of the Little Brothers of Mary, a Roman Catholic teaching congregation

    Your answer is, more of the Liberation Theology invasion of American society. Which is to say, Marxist Jesuits.

  6. righthook38 says:

    I saw this on a blog that used the Washington Post/ABC poll. I would trust this poll about as much as Ed Schultz would trust a Fox News poll.

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