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Teixeira: Public Wants Tax Hikes for Rich, Opposes Obamacare Repeal

In his latest ‘Public Opinion Snapshot,’ TDS Founding Editor Ruy Teixeira shares the most recent public opinion data regarding tax increases for the wealthy and repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Teixeira reviews new evidence from the Public Religion Research Institute’s just-released 2012 American Values Survey, noting:

In that survey, the public was asked whether they supported increasing taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year. By an overwhelming 61 percent to 36 percent margin, respondents said they did.

In addition, says Teixeira, the survey provides “even more of a shocker for conservative sensibilities”:

… The public does not embrace conservatives’ other sacred cause of repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. According to the survey, the public opposes repeal by a 49 percent to 41 percent margin.

It appears that the Republicans two leading legislative priorities are non-starters. As Teixeira concludes, “Conservatives should look for some other sacred causes to embrace. If they’re interested in public support, that is.”

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