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TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira: Public Supports ‘Fairness’ Overwhelmingly

The Republicans just can’t get any mainstream traction with their tired meme equating fairness in taxation and the ‘Buffett rule’ with ‘class warfare.’ It’s not a big mystery why, as TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira explains in his new ‘Public Opinion Snapshot‘:

Probably what bothers conservatives the most is that the Buffett rule is so damn popular. In a March Ipsos-Reuters poll, an overwhelming 64-30 majority said they favored the rule.

Teixeira notes that “conservatives have spent a lot of energy–joined by some political commentators–arguing that the whole idea of fairness is misguided, vaguely un-American, and against our country’s rugged individualism.” But few are buying it, adds Teixeira:

…A just-released ABC/Washington Post poll found that 52 percent of Americans believe unfairness in the economic system that favors the wealthy is the bigger problem in the country compared to 37 percent who believe overregulation of the free market that interferes with growth and prosperity is the bigger problem.

As Teixeira concludes, “Conservatives better get used to it. Fairness is here to stay in the public debate and, so far, they’re on the wrong side.”

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