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TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira: Public Wants to Pass Jobs Bill, Tax Rich

In his latest ‘Public Opinion Snapshot’ at the Center for American Progress web page, TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira reports strong support for President Obama’s jobs bill and takes hikes on the rich to pay for it. On the jobs bill, Teixeira explains:

In the most recent Washington Post/ABC poll, 52 percent say they support his plan, even though the $450 billion price tag is prominently mentioned, and just 36 percent are opposed.
And in the same poll, respondents were asked whether President Obama’s jobs package, if it passed Congress, would improve the jobs situation. By a 58-40 margin, the public said it would.

President Obama also has strong support for his proposals for financing the jobs bill, as the WaPo/ABC poll indicates:

As for taxing the rich, that idea is wildly popular. By an astounding 52-point margin (75-23) the public supports the idea of raising taxes on those making over $1 million a year.

As Teixeira concludes: “Conservatives said the American people would reject President Obama’s proposals because they were “big government, tax and spend.” And many pundits predicted President Obama’s aggressive approach would alienate centrist voters who wanted a continued focus on deficit reduction and bipartisanship at all costs. Wrong on both counts.”

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