Another Poll Shows House Republicans On The Losing Side Of The Tax Debate
A new Quinnipiac Poll shows House Republicans are out of step even with members of their own party when it comes to the tax debate:
A large majority of registered voters, including 77 percent of Republicans, say it’s a bad idea for members of Congress to sign a pledge to never raise taxes on the wealthy, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.
Overall, 85 percent of voters said it’s a bad idea to sign a pledge to an anti-tax group opposing taxes on corporations or the wealthy under any circumstance.
It’s worth noting that the actual pledge that most Republican members of Congress have signed is a ban on all tax increases; it does not single out the wealthy as Quinnipiac did.
In general, 65 percent of respondents supported higher tax rates for those earning more than $250,000 per year. Sixty-seven percent opposed eliminating the home mortgage interest tax deduction, and 70 percent oppose Medicaid funding cuts. Opinion on gradually raising the Medicare eligibility age is more evenly split; 51 percent oppose.
How the GOP thinks it can win this debate is beyond me.