Republicans are not citing public opinion data in support of their positions on tax hikes for the rich and raising Medicare’s age of eligibility, primarily because there isn’t any. In fact, the public strongly opposes their views on these two central issues at the heart of the fiscal showdown, as TDS Co-founding Editor Ruy Teixeira explains in his latest ‘Public Opinion Snapshot‘:
…In the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, the public supported the idea of raising taxes on those with annual incomes of more than $250,000 by a thumping 60 percent to 37 percent majority.
The second: Raising the Medicare eligibility age is a no-no. In the same poll, the public rejected the idea of raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 by an overwhelming 67 percent to 30 percent margin.
As Teixeira concludes, “The public’s sentiments couldn’t be clearer. Let’s hope that despite the haste to cut a deal, policymakers give these sentiments the careful consideration they deserve.”