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.

FILED UNDER: Congress, Deficit and Debt, Public Opinion Polls, Quick Takes, Taxes, US Politics
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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020.

Comments

  1. Brummagem Joe says:

    It’s beyond all of us Doug but as is well known Republicans exist in an alternate reality. I’m betting Obama is going to squeeze them til the pips squeak.

  2. Gustopher says:

    Hold fast, gong give in at all, and go on all the Sunday talk shows and Claim that the American people are standing with them, regardless of the truth — make reality conform to their expectations.

    It’s what they always do.

  3. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    How the GOP thinks it can win this debate is beyond me.

    Here’s a possible explanation that might have escaped you, Doug:

    They’re not doing it for political gamesmanship or partisan gain, but they are actually acting on principles they sincerely believe in. And while on the left it’s common wisdom that polls and winning elections automatically make things correct, not everyone on the right thinks so. Some look at issues, see that 51% or more of people disagree with them, and still act according to their own consciences.

    However, if you’re content to subrogate your own principles and beliefs to what a poll says is the will of the majority, then situations like this are truly incomprehensible.

    And I should have learned by now that while it can be explained to those people, it can’t be understood for them.

  4. David M says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13:

    They’re not doing it for political gamesmanship or partisan gain, but they are actually acting on principles they sincerely believe in.

    So? Why should anyone care how strongly they believe in their own BS?

  5. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @David M: Yeah, when you’re negotiating with someone, understanding what they believe in, what principles they hold higher than others, and what their motivations and priorities are is a waste of time.

    Have you ever actually lived in the real world?

  6. An Interested Party says:

    They’re not doing it for political gamesmanship or partisan gain, but they are actually acting on principles they sincerely believe in.

    BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You can be really funny sometimes…if what you wrote were really true, Republicans would have acted on their supposed principles when a Republican was in the White House…and that you actually asked someone else about living in the real world…