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TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira: Public Supports Taxing Rich, Regulating Banks and Ending Filibuster

Despite recent conservative success in the politics of distraction, the American public remains strongly supportive of progressive policies in three key areas, according to TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira, who explains in his latest ‘Public Opinion Snapshot‘ at The Center for American Progress web pages. On taxes:

…The public remains enamored of a wide range of progressive policies, as polling data regularly document. Consider these findings from the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. In that poll the public was asked whether the 2001 tax cuts for those making $250,000 or more should be allowed to expire, explicitly pointing out that that would raise taxes on that group of people. The public deemed it a good idea to eliminate these Bush-era tax cuts for the rich by a 2-1 ratio (62-31).

On bank regulation:

In the same poll, the public was asked whether we should increase regulations on banks to help prevent future financial crises or not increase regulations because that would discourage private investors. The public endorsed increasing bank regulation by 56-36.

On the filibuster:

…Conservatives have been very proud of their use of the filibuster in the Senate to “protect” the people from progressive legislation. But apparently the public is not convinced they need this kind of protection. By 50-44 the public backed eliminating the filibuster option and allowing legislation to pass with a simple majority.

As Teixeira concludes:

Majority rule—now that’s a novel idea! Unfortunately, conservatives seem uninterested in promoting this concept, preferring to block progressive legislation by any means available, democratic or not. Perhaps it’s time for progressives to more forcefully remind the public of this conservative disregard for democracy. By these data the public is ready to listen.

Could opinion polls spell it out any better? The time for progressives to counter-attack has arrived.

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