Majority of Americans favor repealing tax cuts for those making over $250K, according to SEIU poll
A poll commissioned by the Service Employees International Union — that measured seven “battleground” states for the midterm elections — shows a solid majority of Americans support letting the Bush tax cuts expire for those making $250,000 a year.
Sixty-two percent of likely voters in the battleground states support extending the Bush tax cuts for incomes under $250,000 a year, while letting the others expire. Fifteen percent of voters favored letting all of the tax cuts expire. In Colorado, 57 percent of voters favor letting the tax cuts expire for those making over $250,000 a year.
A note of caution: The question appears to have been worded to get an affirmative response. Here’s what they asked:
A strong majority in every state polled favors a proposal that replaces tax cuts for those making MORE than $250,000 a year with “lower income taxes for families that make less than 250 thousand dollars a year and provide a series of additional tax cuts and credits to help middle class families pay for child care, save for their kids’ college, or afford to buy a home.”
All of the Bush tax cuts will expire at the end of the year if Congress does not reauthorize them. Those households with income of $250,000 a year or more only constitute 2.1 percent of all filers, and the rates would reset to Clinton-era rates.
The tax cuts extension is a big issue in the midterm elections with Republicans arguing for extending or making permanent all of the tax cuts, while President Obama and most Democrats want to let the tax cuts for those making $250,000 a year expire.
(Photo: FreeFoto.com/Ian Britton)