Shock Poll: Americans Want to Tax the Rich, Corporations

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Oct. 26 2011 9:02 AM

Shock Poll: Americans Want to Tax the Rich, Corporations

The new CBS News/NYT poll asks people (1650 "adults," if you want to get specific) how things are going, and how to make them better. Answer to the first question: Terribly. Answer to the second question: Do what the Democrats are saying. Regulatory reform is popular, but corporate tax cuts, which are key components of every 2012er's economic plan, are going over like lead zeppelins.

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Who do Americans want to tax? Millionaires. The ballyhooed 1 Percent. They really, really want to tax those people. Approximately four times as many Republicans want to tax those people as say they approve of Congress.

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This is a good appetizer for today's big Paul Ryan speech, in which the president will be called out for class warfare.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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